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CHAPTER TWO n ADDRESSING HOUSING OPTIONS Providing Care Over the Long-Term at Home By Nick Beamer, Executive Director, Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington If you are taking There are many services that are Family Caregiver Support, Kinship care of an older available to assist you and your loved Caregiver Support and Kinship Navigator adult, or an adult ones. Information and assistance, case – A multifaceted system of support ser- child living with management, adult day care, legal vices to respond to the needs of family you at home, assistance, medication management, and other unpaid caregivers, including you are not alone! Surveys report that an transportation, Medicare counseling grandparents. Services may include infor- estimated 55 million people in the United assistance through SHIBA, and dental mation and assistance, respite care, coun- States are providing care to a loved one assistance are some of the programs seling, support groups, supplies, in their family or a neighbor. The reasons available for eligible persons. and equipment. for providing this care vary. It may be What In-Home Services are Tailored Caregiver Assessment and due to long-term disability, accidental Offered Through Aging and Referral (TCARE) – A screening and injury, stroke, or chronic illness or disease. Long Term Care of Eastern assessment tool that identifies the sources Whatever the cause, caring for someone Washington and Who Is Eligible? and level of a caregiver’s stress through in the home setting at some point may one-on-one consultation and support require additional help from individuals In-Home Personal Care – Care is avail- with a specially trained TCARE care- other than family members or friends. able through the Medicaid Personal Care giver specialist. This support helps pro- Reasons may include the fact that many and COPES Programs for eligible adults vide strategies and identifies available people who provide long-term care at 18+. In-home workers, employed by resources that best meet the caregiver’s home may also work outside the home, or home care agencies or directly by the unique needs. there are those who have children at home consumer, assist with who need attention and care as well. personal care tasks such as bathing assis- The services funded by ALTCEW give tance – bathing and personal hygiene, priority to low-income, frail, and vulner- Because of the time and effort involved, able individuals. Services are providedprovided as primary services to eligible caregiver burn out is a real phenomenon both directly by ALTCEW and througholder persons in their own homes. Other and preventing it is critical. Assistance contracts with individuals, and local,services include meal preparation and with caregiving is often necessary and regional, or national organizations con-household tasks. can be as simple as providing occasional ducting business within the five county transportation or arranging for a hot meal Is There Any Assistance Available area. A listing of service providers and through home-delivered meals programs. to the Family Caregiver? other information is available on-line at It can also be as complex as providing Family caregivers are an integral part of www.ALTCEW.org. personal hygiene, protective supervision, long term care, and it is vital that these mobility assistance and queing. Whatever family caregivers have the resources and the necessity there are agencies and pro- tools to ensure that their needs and the grams that offer services. needs of the consumer are met, which Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern is why there are programs in place to Washington (ALTCEW) is the designated assist them in their worthy, loving jobs Area Agency on Aging responsible for as caregivers. developing a network of in-home, long term care services for adults ages 60+. The geographic area ALTCEW serves includes Spokane, northern Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, and Whitman counties. In addition, ALTCEW serves ALTCEW functions as an advocate for older Eastern Washington coordinate with other individuals with disabilities ages 18+ who adults ages 60 and up and is a community community programs and services that serve are eligible for Medicaid Personal Care planning resource. All of the programs vulnerable, frail individuals. funded by Aging and Long Term Care of waiver programs. THE OPINIONS OFFERED IN THIS ARTICLE ARE FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION ONLY. TO FURTHER EXPLORE THIS TOPIC, THE PUBLISHER ENCOURAGES YOU TO CONTACT TRUSTED PROFESSIONALS. 67


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