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  P.O. Box 910  
  Keshena, Wisconsin  
  (715) 799-5240  
  Our Mission  
  To respect and honor the traditions of our elders by providing services that promote independent living and enhance the quality of life.  
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JANAJAMESCOOK (HEAD)7157993964jjames@mitw.org
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  Dear Elders and Community Members,
  The Menominee Aging Division serves to provide efficient service to the elders of the Menominee Tribe/County. Tribal, Federal and State funds support our efforts to provide a variety of programs as listed below. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests for service at the contact information provided below.
  We welcome your input on any current or proposed services that you feel would be important for our elder population. Our mission is to respect and honor the traditions of our elders by providing services that promote independent living and enhance quality of life.
  • Senior Nutrition Programs (Congregate dining and home delivered meals)
  • Benefit Specialist
  • Family Caregiver Support Program
  • Wolf River Community Based Residential Facility
  • Snowplowing/Firewood/Air Conditioners
  • Direct Assistance
  • Senior Companion/Foster Grandparents Programs
  Please read further for more detail on some of our programming.
  Senior Nutrition Programs:
  Funded by Tribal, State, and Federal funds, our Senior Nutrition Programs, Congregate and Home Delivered Meals, in Neopit and Keshena provide hot, nutritious meals in the congregate settings and to persons who qualify for home delivered meals. Our meals are designed to help you stay healthy, and the menus are created by a dietician and approved by the local nutrition committee. For additional information contact Tanaes Washinawatok at twashinawatok@mitw.org or 715-799-5929
  Our centers serve to provide much more than just a meal. Elders can use the centers as an opportunity to socialize and do activities such as playing cards and bingo, working puzzles, or just plain old visiting and enjoying the company of others! The senior centers are open daily Monday through Friday until 2:00pm with the exception of Holidays. Contributions for your meals are welcome and encouraged, but not required.
  Who Is Eligible For Meal Services?
Persons eligible for congregate meals must be:
  • Age 55 or older
  • Any spouse who attends the dining center with their spouse who is age 55 or older.
  • A disabled individual who resides at home with an eligible elder participating in the program.
  Am I eligible for Home Delivered Meals?
  Persons eligible for home delivered meals must be:
• Age 55 or older, frail and essentially home bound (flexibility is allowed for medical appointments and only occasional personal reasons such as hair care or church services that are important to the person's quality of life.)
  • A spouse of a person eligible for a HDM as described above, regardless of age or condition
• A disabled individual who resides at home with an eligible older individual participating in the program
  Each person applying for home delivered meals shall receive an assessment in their home to determine the individuals’ level of need for this service and other services. Reassessment of the continued need for home delivered meal service will be done in the home of the participant every six to twelve months.
  What are the Criteria for the Home Delivered Meal Eligibility Assessment?
  1. The individual must be unable to leave his or her home under normal circumstances.
  2. The person must be unable to participate in the congregate meal program because of physical or emotional problems.
  3. There is no spouse or other adult living in the home willing to prepare all meals.
  4. The special dietary needs can be met by meals available.
  5. The individual is able to feed themselves or have someone available to assist with dining.
  6. The individual is unable, physically, or emotionally, to obtain food and prepare adequate meals.
  7. The individual agrees to be home when meals are delivered or to contact the program when absence is unavoidable.
  Tribal/County Benefits Specialist:
  Our Benefits Specialist offers information, advice and assistance related to individual eligibility for, and problems with, public benefits and services, health care financing, insurance, housing and other financial and consumer concerns. The Benefits Specialist makes referrals to older persons in need of legal representation to available legal resources. For more information contact Lynette Wychesit at lwychesit@mitw.org or 715-799-5688.
  Who is Eligible for the Benefits Specialist’s Assistance?
  The Benefits Specialist provides assistance to Menominee County residents age 55 and over.
  What type of benefits can the Benefits Specialist help me with?
  Examples of benefits:
  • Medical Entitlements (Medical Assistance, Medicare Parts A B C and D, SeniorCare, Veterans’ Assistance Medical Benefits, etc.)
  • Insurance (Long Term Care Insurance, Medicare Supplement, Non-Health Insurance, etc.)
  • Housing/Utilities Issues (Evictions, Low Income Energy Assistance Disputes/Appeals, Housing Discrimination, Subsidized Housing Access/Tenant Rights, Weatherization Program Disputes/Appeals, Utility Shut-Offs, etc.)
  • Non-Covered Health Costs (Bill Reduction, Debt Collection Practices, Prescription Drug Assistance Programs, etc.)
  • Income Support (Social Security/SSI, Unemployment Compensation, Food Stamps, VA Pensions, Retirement, Disability, Other Pensions, Other Support Income)
  • Surrogate Decision-Making/Community Education (Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, Living Wills, Matters of Probate, etc.)
  • Other (Elder Rights, Consumer Assistance, Community Based Programs, etc.)
  What if I require an attorney’s help?
  The Benefits Specialist has access to a Judicare attorney, a provider who offers free legal help concerning civil matters for eligible low income persons. The Benefits Specialist will make a referral when cases require an attorney.
  Family Caregiver Support Program:
  Provides services designed to assist the caregiver. For more information on the Caregiver Support Program contact Tanaes Washinawatok at 715-799-5929.
  Who is eligible for caregiver services?
  • A family caregiver is defined in Title VI as an adult family member, or another individual, who is an informal provider of in-home and community care. The Family Caregiver Support Program provides services for caregivers, not the elders.
  • A small amount of Title III funds are received to provide support services to family caregivers with priority to caregivers of persons with Alzheimers’ disease or other dementia, Grandparents or older individuals that are relative caregivers of children under 19 years of age, and Grandparents or relative caregivers, (not the parents) providing care for adult children with a disability who are between 19 and 59 years of age.
  What types of services are provided in the caregiver support program?
  The service you receive depends upon the level of care needed and might include:
  • Information and Assistance, a service that provides current information on opportunities and available resources.
  • Respite care, a service that provides a period of relief or rest for caregivers. Respite care includes in-home personal care assisting with the activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, bathing, etc.
  • Supplemental services that might include assisted transportation for a person who has difficulty using regular vehicular transportation, nutrition counseling, etc.
  • Homemaker assistance that includes help for persons having difficulty with one or more activity such as preparing a meal, shopping, using the telephone, etc.
  • A caregiver support group exists to provide relevant information to caregivers and serves as a social network where a caregiver can find other persons in like situations and share thoughts and ideas to improve or alleviate the stress of providing care.
  Wolf River CBRF:
  The Wolf River Community Based Residential Facility provides a comfortable home-like atmosphere for our residents who are not able to remain independent in their own home, but do not require the skilled care of a nursing home. The services provided at the CBRF are designed to help elders remain in the community. For more information on the services provided at the CBRF contact Gail Hanseter at 715-799-5274.
  Other than becoming a resident, what services are offered at the CBRF?
In addition to residency the CBRF offers:
  • Respite Care Services which is a temporary placement for no more than 28 consecutive days for care, treatment, or services that allow a period of respite for the primary caregiver.
• Adult Day Services provides care for part of a day in a group setting to allow family caregivers the ability to carry on with their daily activities while their loved one is safely cared for in their absence.
  Who is eligible for CBRF services?
  • Residency, Respite Care, and Adult Day services are available to elders age 60 and older.
  • A screening assessment will determine if the CBRF is capable of meeting your needs.
  What Core Services are provided at the CBRF?
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Assistance with bathing, dressing, toileting, hygiene, transferring, eating, medication management
  • Supervision
  • Private room and bathroom
  • Qualified Certified Nursing Assistants and Registered Nurse on staff
  • Activities