One of the benefits to moving to a retirement community is the opportunity for social interactions with other seniors. However, numerous studies have shown that most elderly people prefer to remain at home rather than move. The choice to ‘age in place’ is one we fully support at Capability Homecare, yet we also recognize the importance of social interactions and life enrichment.
Luckily, in the Seattle/ Eastside area we have a number of senior centers that provide these social needs- for those seniors who want to ‘age in place‘. It’s the best of both worlds- you get to stay in your home but also have the opportunity to get out, see friends, have a nice meal, play games, learn a craft, participate in outings and enjoy life!
Besides the social interaction, one advantage of senior centers is that they connect older adults to a variety of services. There are many services available to the senior population- yet educating them on all of their options is sometimes difficult. Senior centers can be that gathering place where information is available.
Some of the other benefits to a senior center include:
- Information and assistance
- Health, Fitness and wellness programs
- Meal and nutrition programs
- Transportation services
- Public benefits counseling
- Employment assistance
- Volunteer opportunities
- Social and recreational activities
- Educational and arts programs
- Intergenerational programs
The best news is that participating in a senior center can actually be good for you!
“Research shows that older adults who participate in senior center programs can learn to manage and delay the onset of chronic disease and experience measurable improvements in their physical, social, spiritual, emotional, mental, and economic well-being.”*
5429 – 32nd Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 297-0558 (FAX)
Burien Senior Program
14700 6TH Ave SW
Burien, WA 98166
Central Area Senior Center
500 30th Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98144
424 Columbia St.
Seattle, WA 98104
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
International Drop-In Center
409 Maynard Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98104
Northwest Senior Center
5429 32nd Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Pike Market Senior Center
1931 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Ravenna-Bryant Senior Center
6559 Ravenna Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Salvation Army Senior Center
9002 16th SW
Seattle, WA 98106-2354
Senior Center Of West Seattle
4217 SW Oregon
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 932-4044Shoreline Senior Center
18560 1st Ave. NE #1
Seattle, WA 98155
South Park Senior Center
8201 10th Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98108
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 S Holly St.
Seattle, WA 98118
Tallmadge Hamilton House
5225 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Wallingford Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
King County outside of Seattle
Auburn Senior Center
808 9th St SE
Auburn WA 98002-4132
Federal Way Senior Center
4016 S. 352nd
Auburn, WA 98001
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
39015 172nd Ave. SE
Auburn, WA 98002
North Bellevue Community Center/City of Bellevue Aging Services
4063 148th Ave. NE (PO Box 90012)
Bellevue, WA 98009-9012
Black Diamond Senior Center
31605 3rd Ave. (PO Box 220)
Black Diamond WA 98010
Northshore Senior Center
10201 E. Riverside Dr.
Bothell, WA 98011
Sno-Valley Senior Center
P.O. Box 96
Carnation, WA 98014
Des Moines Senior Center
22030 Cliff Ave. S.
Des Moines, WA 98198
Enumclaw Senior Center
1350 Cole St.
Enumclaw, WA 98022-2633
Klahanee Senior Center
33901 9th Ave.
Mail To: 33530 1st Way S.
Federal Way, WA 98003
Issaquah Valley Senior Center
105 2nd Ave. NE (PO Box 786)
Issaquah, WA 98027-0786
Kent Senior Center
600 E. Smith St.
Kent, WA 98031-4628
Kirkland Senior Center
352 Kirkland Avenue
Kirkland, WA 98033
Mercer Island Parks and Recreation
2040 84th Av SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Mount Si Senior Center
411 S. Main St. (P.O. Box 806)
North Bend, WA 98045
Pacific/Algona Senior Center
100 3rd Ave. SE
Pacific, WA 98047-1335
Redmond Senior Center
8703 160th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052-3534
Renton Senior Center
211 Burnett Avenue North
Renton, WA 98055-1626
North Seatac Park
13735 24th Ave. S.
Sea Tac, WA 98168
Tukwila Senior Program
12424-42nd Ave. South
Tukwila, WA 98168-3133
Vashon-Maury Senior Center
P.O. Box 848
Vashon Island, WA 98070
At Capability Homecare we love to be a resource for events in our community.
Sara Shelton, MS Gerontology & Owner of Seattle Aging Solutions is offering a 6 week program to help educate the adult children of seniors.
The program will offer:
tools for coping with stress, guilt and feeling overwhelmed
Strategies for communicating effectively with your parents and other family members
Emotional support from others who are in a similar situation and understand
Workshop will be held at Ida Culver, Broadview starting Tuesday, Oct 15th from 6:30-8:30 pm and will run through November 19th.
Cost: $250 for one attendee and $400 for two attendees
For more information, call Sara at 206. 228. 2446 or email her at: email@example.com
Considering that 1 in 3 seniors will die with either Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia*, and more than 5 million Americans* are living with the disease, it is very relevant that September is World’s Alzheimer’s Month.
Capability Homecare specializes in caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s– it is a disease that hits very close to home for us. Our caregivers are highly trained and experienced at working with seniors who suffer from Alzheimer’s.
What’s important to know is that families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s are often stressed, confused and exhausted. You are not alone.
At Capability Homecare, we want to make sure you take care of yourself and find ways to alleviate the stress and burden of caring for a loved one with this disease.
Some ways to take care of yourself include exercise, joining a support group and hiring outside help to give you some respite.
Other important things to do when faced with Alzheimer’s is to make sure you get as much information as possible. There are many resources available to help educate you about the disease. There are wonderful books, films and lecture series that deal specifically with Alzheimer’s. Social workers at your doctor’s office or local hospital are a great resource for this.
One way to get involved is to support Alzheimer’s research. On September 21st (in Seattle) there will be a Walk to End Alzheimer’s– have you considered forming a team? For more information- click here!
I had a meeting with an attorney a few weeks ago and he mentioned that the Homecare firms he refers his clients to have a system in place to rotate their caregivers. If you are unfamiliar with what that means- let me explain.
Let’s say a client needs care 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Instead of assigning one caregiver to that client, these Homecare agencies rotate who will be providing the care. Each week (or each day) a different person will show up to take care of the senior.
He claims that they do this so that the caregiver doesn’t have time to develop a relationship with the client. Therefore it is less likely they will have the opportunity to take advantage of the senior. His belief was that by having a different caregiver- the client will be protected from any misconduct.
Capability Homecare disagrees with this theory.
While we recognize the need to ensure a senior is safe and protected, we don’t think this is accomplished by having a revolving door of caregivers coming in and out of the senior’s home. In fact, this exposure to so many different people might even make it easier to take advantage of the client.
At Capability Homecare we assign one caregiver to each client (or possibly two if it is more than 40 hours a week) because we believe that by having the same caregiver taking care of a client they are able to develop a true relationship. In fact, our motto is ‘a relationship you can trust’.
Our primary goal is match the caregiver’s personality to the senior’s personality. We employ 2 full time recruiters whose job is to do background checks, reference checks, and also to screen, interview and get to know our caregivers so that we can confidently assign them to a client knowing it will be a good fit. Our recruiters spend hours finding the best caregiver- it’s so important to us that it’s worth the extra time and effort.
Contrary to our competitors, we want our clients to build a trusting relationship with the person caring for them.
I know in the case of my grandfather this couldn’t be more important! He absolutely loves his caregiver- and if for some reason she isn’t able to be there- it completely stresses my grandpa out. It ruins his whole day- and as a fragile 92 year old man, this is the last thing we want to worry about. He counts on Erin being there- and relies on that consistency.
In addition to peace of mind for the client, it is also extremely important in terms of the actual care. By having the same caregiver each shift, the caregiver gets to know the client and what their needs are, what their likes and dislikes are, what sort of personality they have (talkative, private, depressed, forgetful…), what sort of food they like, what activities they enjoy…
By having the same caregiver each time the caregiver is completely familiar with the care plan and what the requirements are. By having a new caregiver each week, there is extra burden on making sure they are familiar with the specific details of the care plan. Without this familiarity, mistakes can easily be made. With a medically fragile senior- a mistake can be extremely dangerous and even life threatening.
As for the protection of the senior- this is also extremely important to us. Capability Homecare uses a process of extensive background checks, reference checks and interviews so that we feel confident that the person we have hired is a trustworthy individual. To further ensure that level of safety- we do random safety checks. We also feel it is extremely important to constantly communicate with the client and the client’s family. As an added precaution- we have even gone so far as to offer Lifelock to some clients who require live in care.
So it’s your choice- would you rather see your loved one cared for by someone who has taken the time to get to know them and will treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve, or would you rather just have a random person show up to do the job?
Call Capability Homecare today to find out more about our homecare services 425 679-5770.
Mary and Don* are an elderly couple who live in Marysville. Don was being discharged from Marysville Care Center and Mary was concerned that she wouldn’t be able to help Don at home as much as needed- that’s where Capability Homecare came in.
Mary called Capability Homecare to inquire about our services- and we immediately set up a meeting to help Mary understand her options and to help her learn more about who we are as a company.
Our motto is ‘A relationship you can trust’ and that is very important to us. We want our clients to feel completely comfortable and at ease about using our services. We consider every client to be like our family- and we carefully select our caregivers with that standard in mind.
Mary wasn’t sure exactly what help she would need. She felt scared, unsure and overwhelmed. Here was her husband of 35 years needing help that she felt unable to provide.
Fortunately, our caregivers are Certified Nursing Assistants, and specifically trained in providing homecare.
They are able to assist Don with Activities of Daily Living such as bathing and getting dressed. They help transfer him from his chair to his walker. They encourage him to participate in his rehab exercises. They cook healthy, nutritious meals to help Don in his recovery. They accompany him on his doctor’s appointments and assist with housework- so that Mary can simply enjoy spending time with her husband.
When Mary called us- she had no idea what she was getting into- but she has relied on Capability Homecare over the past year and a half to care for her husband. We now feel like family and are proud to be a part of their lives. Thank you for allowing us the privilege to be of service.
*names have been changed to protect privacy
John and Ann* have been clients of Capability Homecare for over 2 years. They are a sweet couple who never had any children of their own. As they have grown older, and Ann has had some health problems, they decided to hire Capability Homecare to provide Live In Caregivers to help them Age in Place.
They decided that rather than move to an ‘old folk’s home’, they would rather stay in the home they lovingly built 40 years ago. It’s a serene place, on a quiet road and backs up the a river. Sitting on their deck, listening to the sound of the water while watching the wildlife is a large part of their lives- and giving that up is inconceivable.
So is moving away from their neighbors. They love the comfort and security of knowing everyone around them. It’s a safe and familiar place. Yet they are unsafe all alone. It is essential that they have help.
Ann uses a lift to help her transition from chair to bed- (and vice versa) and a caregiver trained in using lifts is essential- John is 80 years old, it would be impossible for him to help his wife every time she wanted to move.
Furthermore, they can no longer cook their own meals, clean their house, or take care of personal needs. Having a live in caregiver allows them the luxury of having every need met- within the comfort of their home.
Their caregiver feels like part of the family, she truly loves them- and would do anything for them- including staying at their home during the snowstorm and power outage.
Although it was difficult to actually get to their remote house, the owner of Capability Homecare was able to drive the caregiver to work, as well as bring a load of camping supplies to help keep them comfortable.
He brought a camping stove, heater, lanterns, food and other provisions. The entire journey took well over 2 hours. But, unlike some companies who actually charge their clients for this extra time and effort- it was (of course) free to our clients. To us, charging for that extra service is unthinkable- we were simply doing the right thing- taking care of our client in need.
That is what Capability Homecare is built on- the core belief that you simply do the right thing- no matter what.
Please call Capability Homecare today if you or your loved needs care in the home. 425 679-5770, or check out our website.
*Client’s names have been changed