Mission: To promote independence, preserve dignity, and enhance the quality of life through the provision of services for older adults and people with disabilities.
Programs: Transportation services: we believe that everyone should have safe and accessible transportation options that connect them to health care, services and their community. Through a contract with community transit, dial-a-ride transportation (dart) provided 192,633 trips with 54 wheelchair accessible vehicles operating six days a week. For people who do not meet eligibility requirments for dart, the transportation assistance program (tap) provided 18,644 trips with nine wheelchair accessible vehicles opeating five days a week.
social services: we believe that everyone should have access to information and services that promote independence and wellness. Information and assistance (aging and disability resources) responded to 47,488 requests for information that helped people find the right service at the right time. Statewide health insurance benefits advisors (shiba) helped 6,537 people make informed decisions about their health insurance. Family caregiver support answered 2,981 requests for help with in-home caregiving. Housing social services provded advocacy and support to 1,037 residents in low income senior housing. Multicultural outreach and the multicultural senior center benefited 799 elders with food, friendship and other critical services at the center for healthy living. Depression screening provided education, screening and counseling to 314 seniors. Care coordination supported 252 people who have complex health needs. Mental health access counseled 233 seniors. 179 seniors participated in chronic disease self-management classes. The dental clinic at the center for healthy living treated 373 low income seniors. Senior peer counseling volunteers supported 78 seniors who experienced loss and other age related issues. Elder abuse prevention provided educational workshops throughout the county and assisted 170 victims of fraud and abuse. The senior focus newspaper captured a broad range of subjects, resources and activities for seniors. This bi-monthly publication is distributed to 22,500 people. The senior source resource guide is an annual directory of programs and services and is distributed to 40,000 people throughout snohomish county.
nutrition services: we believe that good nutrition and socialization improve health and quality of life. Meals on wheels delivered 156,548 meals to people who are frail and can no longer cook for themselves. Senior dining provided 92,246 meals at 13 senior activity centers. Farmer's market provided fresh produce vouchers to 1,771 low income seniors.
housing services: we believe that everyone should have a safe place to call home. Minor home repair helped 728 low income seniors with repairs that improved their health and safety including: grab bars and handrails; furnace repair, minor electrical; smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors; select weatherization; and more. Beginning in 1989, senior services developed 18 housing communities for low income seniors throughout snohomish county. We are proud to have had the opportunity to create 743 units of affordable housing for seniors who have few housing options. We have concluded, however, that we can best serve our mission through the deliverance of services rather than owning and operating apartment buildings. In 2014 we began the process of transferring our apartment communities to organizations like everett housing authority whose primary purpose is to maintain and operate affordable housing.