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As the older adult population in Michigan continues to grow, in-home service providers throughout the state have gone above and beyond to address the growing need for in-home services. The Silver Key Coalition Tess Canja Innovation Award was created to recognize the outstanding work that in-home service providers in Michigan are doing to build their capacity to serve older adults. One award winner will receive a $2,000 cash award, and three additional winners will each receive $500! All in-home service providers are encouraged to apply!
See the information below for more details about the award. Click on the link to the right to download the award application.
The Silver Key Coalition is a group of organizations committed to supporting the goal of making Michigan a no-wait-state for in-home services. This award is named in honor of Tess Canja, who has been a life-long advocate for older adults. In 1992, Tess was elected to serve on AARP's National Board of Directors. Tess later served two years as each vice-president, president-elect, president, and immediate past president of AARP. During those years she chaired national AARP committees, testified before Congress on national senior issues, and led volunteer rallies across the country for passage of Medicare prescription drug coverage.
The purpose of this award is to recognize social service agencies that have implemented innovative approaches to increase their efficiency in providing essential in-home services for older adults. Information gathered about effective strategies to improve efficiency will be shared in a written report, which will show the strength of Michigan’s aging network, and provide an opportunity to share best practices.
The first place award winner will receive a $2,000 cash award. Three additional $500 cash awards will be given to next three highest-scoring applicants.
Award winners and outstanding applicants will be featured in a written publication that will be distributed to in-home service providers, older adults and their families, the media, and elected officials throughout the state.
In-home services providers for older adults who receive funding from the Aging and Adult Services Agency (AASA), or other organizations that support these AASA funded services are eligible to apply.
Specific eligible services are: Personal Care, Homemaking, Respite, Home Delivered Meals, Chore/Minor Home Repair, Adult Day Care, Care Management, Personal Emergency Response System, and Medication Management.
Completed applications must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on October 28, 2016. Award winners will be announced in mid- November.
Selection of the Award Winners
Award winners will be selected by a committee of AARP statewide volunteers. A copy of the scoring tool can be downloaded on the right hand side of this page. Applications will be scored based on the following elements: