Community Services

While every community is different, most offer a variety of services that can lighten your caregiving load. Here is a list of the types of services that might be available in your area.

Following is a list of services to help people live at home. Not all services are available in all communities.

  • Adult Day Care/ Adult Day Health Social activities, therapies, health education and supervision are provided in a group setting during the day in facilities such as churches, nursing homes, and community centers. Some centers provide transportation. (Not available in all communities.)
  • Adult Protective Services will investigate possible abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment and provide short-term emergency support services to adults in need of protection.
  • Case Management can help develop a complete plan of services based on the individual’s needs and provide follow-up to make sure that needed services are provided.
  • Environmental Modifications.  A person may be eligible for free modifications to the home that will increase independence and allow the person to stay in the home. Examples include installing ramps or grab bars, widening doorways, modifying bathrooms, or installing special electric and plumbing systems to accommodate medical equipment.
  • Health Screening (for persons 60 and older) is available in some communities for general health assessment, limited physical examinations and some laboratory tests.
  • Home Health is provided by nurses, therapists or trained aides. The care must be authorized by a physician and may include help with medications, exercises, wound care or monitoring medical conditions.
  • Hospice Services are available for terminally-ill patients and their families and may include medical care, social services and counseling in the home. Hospice is not available in all communities.
  • Mental Health Services include evaluation, emergency, and outpatient treatment.
  • Minor Household Repairs are available in some communities when needed for health and safety.
  • Personal Care Services include help with bathing, dressing, grooming and household chores.
  • Respite Care provides relief for caregivers of adults with disabilities. Services can be arranged through home health agencies, Adult Family Homes, Adult Residential Care, social day care, nursing homes, or family, friends and volunteers.
  • Senior Meals (if person or spouse is 60 or older) provides nutritious meals in a group setting or delivered to home- bound persons.
  • Transportation may be available for medical and social services, meal programs, shopping and recreational activities.

Your community may have other services that aren’t listed here. It may take some time to find out about all that is available, and what will be most helpful to you.

Originally written and published by the Aging and Adult Services Administration Department of Social and Health Services, State of Washington. Reprinted with permission.

© Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

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