Seniors & Aging

Here’s your guide to a variety of resources for senior citizens in Whatcom County

Northwest Regional Council planners Michael Duncke, left, and Kim Boon inspect the new Northwest Adult Day Health & Wellness Center with Executive Director of Christian Health Care Center, and activity coordinator and manager Mary Wynstra in Lynden in July 2015.
Northwest Regional Council planners Michael Duncke, left, and Kim Boon inspect the new Northwest Adult Day Health & Wellness Center with Executive Director of Christian Health Care Center, and activity coordinator and manager Mary Wynstra in Lynden in July 2015. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

TRANSPORTATION

Northwest Regional Council: 360-676-6749, nwrcwa.org. Service: non-ambulance transportation for people eligible for Medicaid with no other means of transportation to medical services.

Whatcom Transportation Authority: 733-1144, ridewta.com. Services: fixed bus routes, paratransit, rural zone service, vanpool.

IN-HOME SERVICES

Apria Healthcare: 360-738-8300, apria.com. Services: home infusion, respiratory therapy, medical equipment sales, service, supplies.

Caregiver Network: 360-724-4456, caregiver-network.com. Services: housekeeping, meal prep, full care.

Catholic Community Services: 360-738-6163, ccsww.org. Services: housekeeping, personal care, transfers, supervision, live-in care, transportation to medical appointments, respite.

Circle of Life Caregiver Cooperative: 360-647-1537, circleoflife.coop. Services: worker-owned business provides home and personal care for elders, disabled persons. Cooking, cleaning, transportation, medication reminders, bathing, laundry, respite, companionship.

Department of Social and Health Services: 360-756-5750, dshs.wa.gov. Services: variety of programs for aging and disabled people.

Home Attendant Care: 360-734-3849, homeattendantcare.com. Services: personal hygiene, transfers, transportation, housekeeping, dementia care, safety supervision.

Infusion Solutions: 360-933-4892, infusionsolutionsinc.com. Service: personalized infusion care in Whatcom, Island, Skagit, Snohomish counties.

Meals on Wheels and More: 360-733-4030, wccoa.org/mow.htm. Service: delivers frozen meals weekly, provides lunches at senior centers..

Right at Home: 360-392-3934, rahnwwa.com. Services: light housekeeping, meals, laundry, errands, non-medical personal hygiene care.

Signature Home Health: 360-671-5872, 4signatureservice.com. Services: disease management and nutrition, wound management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy.

Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services: 360-671-8388, visitingangelswa.com. Services: meal preparation, light household chores, personal care, dementia care, post-operative and respite care.

Walgreens OptionCare: 360-733-7799, walgreens.com Services: skilled nursing, wound care, nutrition support, home infusion, perinatal/postpartum, respiratory services, oxygen, and physical, occupational and speech therapy.

INFORMATION SERVICES

Adult Family/Nursing Home Complaint Hotline: report abuse at a facility, 800-562-6078, dshs.wa.gov/endharm.shtml.

Adult Protective Services: report abuse at home, 800-487-0416, dshs.wa.gov.

Alzheimer Society of Washington: 360-671-3316 or 800-493-3959, alzsociety.org. Support, resources for people with dementia, and their families.

American Legion Veterans Services: 360-734-3110, bellinghamlegion.com.

Area Agency on Aging: 360-676-6749, nwrcwa.org. Services: senior information and assistance, Medicaid transportation, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, case management, adult day services.

Attorney General Consumer Protection: report consumer and fraud complaints, 800-551-4636 or 360-738-6185, atg.wa.gov/FileAComplaint.aspx.

Care Crisis Response Services: 800-584-3578. Services: mental health crisis line for suicide prevention, resource referral.

Center for Independence: 360-393-3890, 114 W. Magnolia St., Suite 104, cfisouth.org. Service: helps people with disabilities, including seniors, with resources and referrals, Social Security and housing information, social activities.

Department of Social and Health Services, Home and Community Services: 360-756-5750, dshs.wa.gov. Services: personal care, long-term care, residential care, food stamps, adult protection.

Department of Social and Health Services, Community Services Office: 800-735-7040, dshs.wa.gov. Services: basic food program, food stamps, Medicare savings program.

Department of Veterans Affairs: 360-733-9226. www2.va.gov/directory.

Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 19: 360-676-6700, ext. 50910, dav.org. Service: helps veterans obtain compensation and pensions, offers free van service to VA hospital in Seattle.

Elder Service Providers: 360-715-1338, elderserviceproviders.org. Service: referrals, information for seniors, educational conferences for caregivers.

Health care coverage advice: 360-788-6594, whatcomalliance.org. Service: free counseling on health care coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, charity care.

Health Support Center: 360-733-6714, healthsupportcenter.org. Service: supports self-help, support, and advocacy groups that serve people with health impairments or disabilities, and their caregivers.

Hearing Loss Association of Whatcom County: 360-738-3756, hearingloss-whatcom.org. Service: volunteer group provides information, education, support, advocacy, for people who are hard of hearing, with or without hearing devices.

Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center: 360-647-0910 or 360-647-8508, hsdc.org. TTY or video phone. Service: information referral, advocacy, education, for deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind people.

Home Care Referral Registry: 360-707-2368 or 800-970-5456, hcrr.wa.gov. Service: matches people who receive publicly funded, long-term, in-home care with qualified care workers.

Home Rehabilitation Loan Program: 360-778-8300, cob.org, click on “services” and “human services and housing.” Services: project and needs analysis, bid assistance, deferred payment and subsidized loan program.

Long Term Care Ombudsman: 800-562-6028. nwrcwa.org. Service: protects rights of residents of long-term care facilities.

Northwest Washington Medical Society: 360-676-7630, whatcom-medical.org. Services: physician referral, grievances about medical care.

Opportunity Council Community Resource Center: 360-734-5121, oppco.org. Services: energy assistance, home repairs.

Senior Information and Assistance: 360-738-2500, nwrcwa.org. Services: information about caregiver support, housing, in-home care, long-term care, medical insurance, other resources for seniors and caregivers.

Senior Legal Assistance Project: 360-714-8208. Service: legal aid to people 60 and older.

Social Security Administration, Bellingham office: 800-772-1213, ssa.gov. Service: information about Social Security.

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