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CHAPTER THREE n FINDING HELP ALTCEW Provides Many Services That May Benefit You or a Loved One By Nick Beamer, Executive Director, Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington Chances are good that, at some point they age. ALTCEW also serves individu- contacted and a trained professional can in your life, you or someone you care als ages 18 and above, who have a dis- help you assess your relatives situation, about will need extra assistance to safely ability or are in need of long term care. develop a plan of care and help you find remain in your home. Or, you may find and arrange for services that will keep What Programs are Available yourself needing help understanding your relative safe in his/her home. Through the Local Area Agency your Medicare Part D plan. Or perhaps on Aging (ALTCEW) ? Or perhaps you have a loved one over you have a chronic illness, and you want 60 who is not taking their prescription to learn ways to better manage your ill- ALTCEW develops, funds, and evalu- medication because they cannot afford ness and help you “live well.” ates a comprehensive system of services to buy it. In cases like this, the SHIBA and supports which include programs Do you know where to find the answers Help Line can be contacted and trained like Senior Information and Assistance, to all of these issues? This may apply to SHIBA volunteers can meet you and Case Management Services, Home your current situation, or maybe you just your loved one to find out why the Delivered Meals and Congregate Meals, want to plan ahead for later in life. Medicare Part D plan is not paying for Family Caregiver Support, Respite, and their medication. Whatever the situation, the best way to many more. Many of these services are plan ahead, or come up with a solution provided through programs contracted Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern for a current or ongoing challenge, is to with ALTCEW, such as Elder Services, Washington is the source for a wide determine what is available in the com- Rural Resources Community Action, and array of services in our five county munity and figure out how to access the Greater Spokane Meals on Wheels, to community and a valuable resource for resources available. name a few. older persons and those needing long term care. What Are Area Agencies on Other services are provided directly by Aging and How Do They ALTCEW staff. Some of those services Benefit the Public? include Medicaid Personal Care Case Management, RN Consultation services, All over the country there are Area Chronic Care Management, Senior Agencies on Aging, which are tasked Medicare Patrol, and the Statewide with developing a network of services Health Insurance Benefits Advisors for adults 60 years of age and older. In (SHIBA HelpLine). Spokane, northern Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille and Whitman counties, Aging & What Are Some Ways That Long Term Care of Eastern Washington ALTCEW Can Benefit Me or (ALTCEW) is the designated Area Agency A Loved One? on Aging. Imagine that you have a relative that you Our job is to do the planning, resource are worried about because you fear that development, and advocacy work to he/she is no longer able to take care of make sure that folks over 60 have the himself/herself. If the relative lives within services they need to remain at home as Spokane County, Elder Services can be ALTCEW functions as an advocate for older Washington coordinate with other community adults ages 60 and up and is a community programs and services that serve vulnerable, planning resource. All of the programs funded frail individuals. by Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern THE OPINIONS OFFERED IN THIS ARTICLE ARE FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION ONLY. TO FURTHER EXPLORE THIS TOPIC, THE PUBLISHER ENCOURAGES YOU TO CONTACT TRUSTED PROFESSIONALS. 101


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