Navigating the Elder Care Maze

Aging and Disability Services—the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County— would like you to know about two important services and the agency’s interest in enhancing services in the coming year.

“I need to find assisted living for my mom.”

“My father-in-law doesn’t drive and can’t use Metro. He needs information on transportation options.”

“I’m providing regular care for my adult son, who has a disability. I need help!”

“Who do I call?!”

Do those questions sound familiar? Finding help for an older adult—yourself or a loved one—can be a daunting task. Fortunately, two local programs provide guidance in navigating the maze of community and government programs:

· Senior Information & Assistance (1-888-4ELDERS) is the go-to number for anyone age 60+ and their family members who needs help identifying resources that meet their needs.

· The King County Caregiver Support Network provides guidance to unpaid primary caregivers of adults of any age who are unable to care for themselves—typically family members or close friends or neighbors.

Aging and Disability Services (ADS)—the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County—currently funds both programs. In the coming year, services may be enhanced to help a broader range of older adults and individuals with disabilities plan to live independently in the community.

As part of that process, ADS would like community input. Please take a few moments to complete an online survey that will help with these important decisions. The survey is open through September 30. Here’s the link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/87CHD23

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