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Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center programs.

The Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center partners with other non-profits and government agencies to help the elderly, regardless of their income. They administer Home-Delivered Meals, home care, and support caregivers, among others. Another key service provided is information on health care needs, ranging from Medicare to other programs.

Provided in partnership by both the Pierce County Catholic Community Services and others such as Lutheran Community Services Northwest, the Home-Delivered Meals Program is for lower income seniors. The service will deliver at most a week’s worth of nutritious frozen meals to the homes of those who are unable to leave on their own. It is assistance for those who can't shop for food or to cook meals for themselves. The food being delivered is ready to be heated, either in the regular oven or microwave.

Eligible recipients in Pierce County include those aged 60 and older; people recuperating at home from illness, surgery, or injury; the disabled and those who lack live-in caregivers who drive or paid caregivers who cook and shop for them. This Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center service ensures that people who are homebound receive the appropriate level of nutrition through the provision of meals that meet the dietary needs of seniors. Find how to apply for Meals on Wheels.

It is extensive in that thirty different entrees are available for dinner or lunch, and there are also five breakfast options, all of which can be adapted to fit additional dietary needs. Complete nutritional information offered from Meals on Wheels and menus for the sight-impaired are available upon request.

Aging and Disability Resource Center in Pierce County Adult Day Care and Adult Day Health serve the needs of the elderly and the disabled. This is offered from multiple sites in the county.

Adult Day Care meets clients’ therapeutic and social needs, and also provides a mid-day meal. Some funding may be available to cover program fees. Specialists consistently seek out alternate funding sources for those in need. In addition to the eligibility requirements for Adult Day Care, a client must be in need of skilled nursing need or rehabilitation.





Older veterans may be able to access funding through the federal government Veterans Administration in Washington. To be eligible for care, an adult must be chronically ill or disabled; have mild to moderate dementia; socially isolated; confused; be unstable or unsafe enough that he or she cannot be left alone; require supervision in a group setting; also also have a service plan that calls for meeting a therapeutic goal.

The concepts of Aging Centers known as in-home care and home health care both refer to assistance that is provided in an individual’s home. This is done by the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center with the goal of avoiding placement in long-term residential or nursing home care.

Home care programs can include professional health care services, such as medical or psychological assessment. There is also free education about diseases and paying for medicines, pain management, physical therapy, and speech therapy. There also also life assistance services, which include providing companionship and performing daily tasks, such as medication reminders, laundry, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, shopping in Tacoma Washington, and other transportation.

The primary purpose of the Ombudsman Program is to provide support to those in long term care. Specialists provide clients a listening ear and a voice for residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes or adult family homes. Specific Ombudsman Program activities include educating staff, residents, family members, and the community about long-term care issues.

The aging Center will provide information on resources available and improving the quality of life in long-term care facilities. They will also be advocating for the rights of residents; investigating and resolving residents’ concerns; monitoring state of Washington laws, regulations, and policies that affect the lives of long-term care residents; and supporting the development of consumer organizations that serve residents.

The Aging and Disability Resource Family Caregiver Support Program in Pierce County supports and sustains unpaid caregivers of functionally disabled adults aged 18 and older. The goal is to make it possible for those receiving any form of in home or medical care to continue living independently.




Services provided through the Family Caregiver Support Program include the following. Staff offer free referrals to appropriate community service programs. They will loan out Minor adaptive equipment, or refer a client to Comfort therapies, such as massage. Staff in Piece County also offer Respite, housework, and errand services.

Assisted living facilities across Pierce County Washington and adult family homes, also known as boarding homes, combine housing, personalized supportive services, and health care to help those in need with the basic activities of daily living. The Assisted Living Federation of America is a key partner of the non-profit. Together they have offer high quality care, personalized to meet the needs of each individual.

The locations will offer a safe residential environment as well as promote each resident’s individuality and independence. Staff at the care facilities will treat each resident with dignity and respect, and nurture their spirit.

Operated by the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center as well as the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, the HelpLine provides free, unbiased information about medical care coverage. It addressess insurance as well as medical bill savings programs, among other topics. This is available and can lead to an improved lifestyle for all Washington State residents. SHIBA cultivates community commitment through partnership, service, and volunteering. In Pierce County, SHIBA is sponsored by South Sound Outreach Services.

Information is available from the Helpline on Medicare Savings Programs and Extra Help. These two will offer special financial assistance for low-income Medicare beneficiaries, which can help them with excessive medical bills. Callers can also get more information in regard to benefits check-up is available through Social Security as well as saving money on premiums for Medicare Parts A, B, and D. Or find more details on medical and health insurance assistance programs.





For more information, call South Sound Outreach Services at (253) 596-0918 or Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center, and that number is (800) 562-0332. Or stop by a local senior center.

  • Beacon Senior Center, 415 South 13th Street, Tacoma, Washington 98402, dial (253) 591-5083
  • Bonney Lake Senior Center - 19304 Bonney Lake Boulevard, Bonney Lake, telephone (253) 863-7658.
  • Buckley Senior Citizens Center - 811 Main St, Buckley, WA 98321, phone (360) 829-0190
  • Eatonville Family Agency is at 305 West Center Street, Eatonville, WA 98328. Phone - (360) 832-6805.
  • Key Peninsula Community Services - 17015 - 9th Street KPN, Lakebay, WA 98349, dial (253) 884-4440.
  • Lakewood Senior Activity Center - 9112 Lakewood Dr. S.W., Lakewood, WA 98499, phone (253) 798-4090.
  • Lighthouse Senior Center - (City of Tacoma) 5016 East "A" Street, Tacoma, Washington 98404, dial (253) 591-5080.
  • Mid-County Community Center address is 10405 44th Ave. E., Tacoma, WA 98466, dial (253) 531-8412
  • Orting Senior Center, 120 North Washington, Orting, WA 98360, main phone - (360) 893-5827
  • Puyallup Senior Center - 212 West Pioneer, Puyallup, WA 98371-5372, phone (253) 841-5555
  • Spana-Park Senior Center, 325 152nd St. East, Tacoma, Spanaway, WA 98387, telephone (253) 537-4854
  • Steilacoom Community Center is at 2301 Worthington Street, Steilacoom, WA 98388, dial (253) 581-1076
  • Sumner Senior Center - 15506 - 62nd East, Sumner, WA 98390, main phone (253) 863-2910.
  • Tillicum/American Lake Gardens Community Center, 14916 Washington Ave., SW, Tacoma, WA 98498, dial (253) 584-1280
  • University Place Senior/Community Center - 2534 Grandview Drive, University Place, WA 98466-2810, dial (253) 564-1992

By Jon McNamara

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