Seniors & Aging

Resources, discounts for seniors in Whatcom County

Here's a list of resources for Whatcom County senior citizens.

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: Specialized Transportation Program and Safety Net Service.

In-home services

Apria Healthcare: 360-738-8300, apria.com. Services: home infusion, respiratory therapy, medical equipment sales, service and 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, circleoflifeco-op.com. Services: worker-owned business provides home and personal care for elders, disabled persons. Cooking, cleaning, transportation, medication reminders, bathing, laundry, respite and companionship.

Department of Social and Health Services: 360-756-5750, dshs.wa.gov. Services: variety 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: Locally owned home infusion pharmacy offers personalized infusion care in Whatcom, Island, Skagit, Snohomish counties.

Meals on Wheels: 360-733-4030, wccoa.org/mow.htm. Service: delivers frozen meals weekly.

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/safeguardingconsumers.aspx.

Care Crisis Response Services: 800-584-3578. Services: mental health crisis line for suicide prevention and resource referral, voaww.org/voa5.cfm?sectiongroupsid=19.

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 & 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. Chapter helps veterans obtain compensation and pensions; offers free van service to VA hospital in Seattle.

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

Health care coverage advice: 360-788-6594. Statewide Insurance Benefits Advisors and Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access together provide free counseling on health care coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and charity care.

Health Support Center: 360-733-6714, healthsupportcenter.org. Center 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. 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. TTY or video phone, hsdc.org. Nonprofit agency offers information referral, advocacy, education for deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind people.

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

Home Rehabilitation Program: 360-778-8300, cob.org, click on “services” and then on “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: Protect rights of residents of long-term care facilities.

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: 360-714-8208. Service: legal aid to people 60 and older.

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

St. Joseph Hospital Adult Day Health: 360-715-6410, 809 E. Chestnut St., peacehealth.org/Whatcom. Service: day program for adults with chronic illness and/or disabilities.

Washington State Home and Community Services: 360-756-5750, aasa.dshs.wa.gov. Services: personal care, protective services for adults.

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

Here's a list of discounts at area merchants that senior citizens can enjoy.

SHOPPING

Assistance League of Bellingham Thrift and Gift Shop: 2817 Meridian St. People 65 and over receive a 20 percent discount every Thursday.

Baskin-Robbins: 1235 W. Bakerview Road, 360-733-0031. People over 60 receive a 10 percent discount.

BelleWood Acres: 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden, 360-318-7720. People with a Senior Citizen Discount Card receive a 20 percent discount on one item of their choice per visit, excluding spirits.

Bellingham Family Eye Clinic: 450-B Birchwood Ave., 360-738-7700. People 60 and older with a Senior Citizen Discount Card receive 10 percent off on a pair of glasses, with no additional insurance discount.

Bellingham Public Market: 1530 Cornwall Ave., 360-647-8006. Ten percent discount for seniors (65 and older) at participating businesses every Wednesday.

Christopher & Banks: Bellis Fair mall. Customers 55 and older receive an additional 10 percent off every Wednesday on top of any in-store promotional price.

Ferntucky Medical: 5982 Portal Way, Ferndale, 360-550-5669. People 60 and older receive 10 percent off on medical marijuana and on organic gardening supplies.

Fred Meyer: 360-738-4210 (Lakeway Drive) or 360-788-2900 (Bakerview Road). When advertised, with 10 percent discount for seniors.

Mount Baker Vineyards & Winery: 4298 Mount Baker Highway, Everson, 360-592-5673. People with a Senior Citizen Discount Card receive 15 percent off on half-case (six-bottle) purchases, 17 percent on full-case (12-bottle) purchases, and two-for-one tastings (regular price $5 per person.) Mount Baker distributes the discount cards to anyone 60 and older.

Salvation Army: 1515 Birchwood Ave., 360-733-1350. People 60 and older receive a 25 percent discount on purchases.

Senior Citizen Discount Card: Website lists participating businesses that offer senior discounts. Go to theseniorcitizendiscountcard.com to find a local business where you can pick up a card.

State Street Thrift & Vintage: 1051 N. State St. People 65 and older receive a 10 percent discount every Tuesday.

Wear On Earth: 504 Front St., Lynden, 360-318-8657. Ten percent discount for people 60 and older the first Wednesday of every month. The discount applies to the store's yarn and consignment clothing departments.

LEISURE

Glen Echo Garden: 4390 Y Road, Bellingham, 360-592-5380. People 55 and older receive $1 off the regular entrance fee of $9.50.

Mt. Baker Lanes: 1788 LaBounty Drive, Ferndale, 360-384-0235. Bowlers 60 and older pay $2 per game during open bowling hours.

Park Bowl: 4175 Meridian St., 360-734-1430. Bowlers 55 and older pay $2.25 per game from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Pickford Film Center: Discounted memberships for people 58 and older.

Regal Cinemas: Discounted tickets are $7.50 or higher, depending on the format, for people 60 and older.

Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa: 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale, 360-383-0777. Guests 55 and over receive 55 percent off of lunch every Monday, plus a special $55 spa service, 5-times slot points, and $5 table games match play.

20th Century Bowling: 1411 N. State. St., 360-734-5250. Bowlers 50 and older pay $1.75 per game.

FITNESS

Arne Hanna Aquatic Center: 1114 Potter St., 360-647-7665. $1 off on swimming and water aerobics for people 62 and older.

YMCA: 360-733-8630 (Bellingham), 360-380-4911 (Ferndale), 360-354-5000 (Lynden). Discounts on annual and monthly membership for singles and senior couples, (65 and older). Special classes for seniors.

Private health clubs: Many private health clubs offer special programs and classes for seniors, and some offer membership and fee discounts.

GROCERIES

Bromley's Market: 315 Cherry St., Sumas, 360-988-4721. Tuesdays/Thursdays purchases of more than $25 are 5 percent off for all ages.

Community Food Co-op: 1220 N. Forest St. and 315 Westerly Road, 360-734-8158. Free membership for people 62 and older.

SERVICES

Bode's Electric & Plumbing: 7666 Woodland Road, Ferndale, 360-4087. Seniors receive a 5 percent discount on fixtures and repairs.

Marjie's Beauty Shop: 3023 Chautauqua Ave., 360-392-8033. Salon services for people 50 and older: haircut, $7.50; shampoo and set, $7.50; perm, with haircut and set, $35.

Tony's Auto Repair: 3060 Haxton Way, 360-815-3463. People with a Senior Citizen Discount Card receive 10 percent off on a lube, oil and filter job, and 10 percent off on brake service for most vehicles.

Whatcom Transportation Authority: 360-676-RIDE or 360-676-7433, ridewta.com. People 65 or older, or with a Medicare card or a disability, can apply for a reduced-fare card.

Have a resourse or discount to add? Please email details to newsoom@bellinghamherald.com.

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