Hope for Aging Caregivers


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The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) has partnered with Hope Trust to bring you the Hope for Aging Caregivers project. Funded by a 2-year grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, Hope for Aging Caregivers aims to improve the health and well-being of aging family caregivers of adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD).

This project guides family caregivers as they plan for their loved one's future. Project participants are paired with a Family Support Navigator (FSN). All FSNs are parents of individuals with I/DD themselves and have been trained in the use of the Hope Trust planning platform. As a team, caregivers and FSNs will use the Hope Trust platform to create a personalized care plan. The project uses new technology that enables coordinated, cost-effective, and sustainable care planning.

What is Hope Trust?

Hope Trust offers a proprietary technology that is used to complete an intake questionnaire. The platform creates a personalized, comprehensive Care Plan. This Plan addresses every aspect of a loved one's daily life and requirements, along with the trust terms and funding options. The Care Plan Document is also an all-encompassing and dynamic document containing the details and nuances of the lovedone's medical history and care. Families can use the Plan as their roadmap for creating a richly detailed Special Needs Trust for review by legal and financial advisors.

Who can be part of Hope for Aging Caregivers?A young woman and her mother are sitting at a table enjoying coffee together.

A limited number of families are being recruited to participate in the initial 2 years of the project. To be elligible, family caregivers must be be at least 50-years of age and support an individual with I/DD. Participation in the project is completely FREE. Participating families will be required to complete two surveys. All participating families will receive the following:

  • Support from an FSN to guide the creation of their personalized Care Plan for their loved one
  • A draft of a special needs trust

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in participating, you can scan the QR code or click the link below to complete the Hope for Aging Caregivers interest form.


QR code for the Hope for Aging caregivers project interest form.

Additional Resources

To learn more about estate planning and the importance of having a plan for your loved one with I/DD, please check out the links below. Joshua Fishkind, JD, President and CEO of Hope Trust, recently wrote a three part series on the topic that was featured in Exceptional Parent magazine.


Project Staff

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Elizabeth Janks, LMSW
Project Director
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Nia Anderson, LMSW
Project Manager
Julia Hernandez
Family Support Navigator




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