Aging and Disability Services funds the following services to older adults and adults with disabilities who live in King County. Most services are provided by a network of community-based organizations located throughout King County who subcontract with ADS to serve over 48,000 seniors, adults with disabilities and family caregivers.
In addition, ADS provides direct case management services to approximately 6,000 clients.
(Click on a service below to view more information.)Adult Day Services
Adult Day Services are provided to adults with medical or disabling conditions in order to prevent or delay the need for institutional care. Case management authorized participants attend State approved day centers and receive care designed to meet their physical, mental, and emotional needs. Depending on the level of their need and the number of days authorized, participants may enroll in one or combination of the following services:
- Adult Day Care programs provide core services such as: personal care (e.g., body care, eating, positioning, transfer, toileting), social services, routine health monitoring (e.g., vital signs, weight, dietary needs), general therapeutic activities (e.g., recreational activities and relaxation therapy), general health education (e.g., nutrition, stress management, preventive care), supervision, assistance with arranging transportation, and first aid as needed.
- Adult Day Health programs includes the core services mentioned above plus skilled nursing services, skilled therapy services (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy), and psychological or counseling services.
Caregiver Support focuses on both the individual caregiver and the system that supports the caregiver. Depending upon the funding source, services range from kinship care for grandparents (age 60+) caring for relatives, to caregivers caring for persons age 18 and over
- Support services include information and assistance, support groups, caregiver training, respite care services, counseling, and translating/interpreter services.
- Respite Care services provide caregivers with time away from the responsibilities of ongoing care of a disabled adult. It includes in-home and out-of-home respite care services for family and other unpaid caregivers that provide the daily services required when caring for adults with functional disabilities. The care that is provided ranges from companionship and supervision to care provided by a registered nurse.
- Kinship Care—when an adult raises a relative’s child—is an alternative to foster care. The Kinship Care Navigator helps kinship caregiver identify services and supports.
- For more information, visit the King County Caregiver Support Network website at www.kccaregiver.org.
The Case Management Program provides in-depth assistance to frail adults who have significant health and social needs. The case managers conduct in-home assessments and consult with the client in order to develop and implement a service plan that addresses the individual’s needs. Case managers have regular follow-up contact with clients and service providers to ensure that their situations have stabilized. Short-term counseling is provided if needed. Screening and referral for case management services are provided through the Information & Assistance programs, and the State DSHS Home and Community Services.
- Amy Wong Client Fund (link to www.amywongfund.org ) is a charitable fund that is available to Case Management clients. The fund provides services such as in-home care, emergency services and other health related items for adults with disabilities who wish to remain living independently in their own homes. Services are authorized by case managers and provided through ADS service providers and outside vendors.
- COPES, Chore Personal Care, and Medicaid Personal Care support individuals who are unable to care for themselves. Services are authorized by a case manager and include assistance with dressing, bathing, eating, toileting, and transferring. Limited household services are also available to maintain individuals in a safe and healthy environment.
- Nurse Consultation focuses on high risk older people and disabled adults with medically unstable health conditions. Services provided include appropriate referrals and coordination with health care professionals. The frequency and amount of service is based on individual need that is defined by eligibility and client assessment.
- Mental Health Consultation Support is available to case management staff working with clients who may be resistant to receiving formal mental health services and for clients with substance abuse issues.
Community Living Connections provides you a caring, highly-trained advocate who will give easy access to information, individual consultation and service options. The program includes an extensive network of community partners who can answer questions and find the most appropriate help for each individual. Staff can also determine eligibility for programs, services and public benefits to help individuals or their loved ones live with dignity and enjoy the best quality of life possible. These services are free and confidential:
- Information and assistance accessing community resources
- Individual consultation and help planning for long term care needs
- Access to family caregiver support services
Gatekeepers and other members of the community are trained to recognize signs that may indicate that a vulnerable adult is at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation and how to report their concerns.
- The Long Term Care Ombudsman is designed to improve the quality of life for residents of nursing homes, congregate care facilities, boarding homes and adult family homes. With the assistance of trained volunteers the Ombudsman investigates and resolves complaints made by or on behalf of residents, and identifies problems that affect a substantial number of residents. Changes in federal, state and local legislation are also recommended by the program.
- Gateway Program trains community members who come into contact with older adults to identity and report at-risk elders, particularly those who are isolated, living alone and in need of some type of assistance.
- For more information, visit the ADS Elder Abuse webpage.
We recognize that mature jobseekers may face ageism in hiring processes, and may need to build or refresh their workplace computer skills. Our Seniors Training Seniors program offers classes in computer basics, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, file management, resume writing, and interviewing skills for people age 55 and older. Classes are taught by older adults, and class sizes are small so that everyone’s needs can be addressed.
For the current Seniors Training Seniors class schedule and other local employment and technology resources, visit the Age Friendly Seattle program webpage.
Health promotion programs help people manage their chronic conditions and live healthier lives, and are a key strategy in delaying more expensive long-term care services. Aging and Disability Services offers access to a menu of evidence-based health promotion programs available for community-dwelling older adults and adults with disabilities, including the Chronic Disease Self-Management Education suite of programs.
The purpose of Legal Services is to enable older people to secure rights, benefits and entitlements under federal, state and local laws. It also seeks to effect favorable changes in laws and regulations that affect older people and strives to maintain public and private resources that benefit low-income elderly people. Services include group legal representation, including class action lawsuits, advocacy training and information to service providers, private attorneys and volunteer advocates, and individual client legal services.
The LGBTQ Cultural Competency Training and Support program helps older adults age successfully in the community through peer support and cross-generational support activities and assistance connecting to community resources. The program also provides cultural capacity training for aging, health, and human services providers to address unique risks, challenges, and strengths of LGBTQ older adults, families and caregivers.
Includes congregate or community meals, home delivered meals, and outreach services.
- The Congregate Meal Program helps meet the dietary need of older people by providing nutrition education, and nutritionally sound lunches served in a group setting. Eleven agencies manage 50 nutrition sites located throughout King County. The program includes ethnic meal sites that provide ethnic-specific food to the following populations: East African, African American, Eastern European, Hispanic, Native American and Asian (including: Filipino, Hmong, Lao, Chinese, Vietnamese, IndoChinese, Indian, Samoan, and Other Pacific Islanders.)
- The Home Delivered Meals program provides nutritious meals to older people who are homebound and unable to prepare meals for themselves. Frozen meals are delivered to individuals throughout Seattle and King County. Hot, home delivered meals tailored to Latino elders living in some areas of King County are also available.
Senior centers are community resource centers that meet the physical and emotional needs of older adults by offering access to services and resources on site, including immunization, health screening, nutrition and meal programs, and exercise and fitness activities. For a list of senior centers throughout King County, click here.
Aging and Disability Services primary focus for transportation in King County is to provide access to nutrition services. Working in partnership with Metro/King County, ADS funds provide transportation to nutrition sites. ADS also funds Volunteer Transportation, which provides rides to medical appointments on a priority basis.
Click on the headings above for more information. For free, confidential access to aging network services in Seattle-King County, contact Community Living Connections.