Skamania County Senior Services is sponsored by Skamania County to develop and implement a comprehensive and coordinated group of services to meet the needs of disabled persons, and persons 60 years and over in Skamania County. Funds to operate the various programs are provided through contracts with the Southwest Washington Agency on Aging, Washington State Department of Transportation, by local donations, and Skamania County.
The goal of Skamania County Senior Services is to assist individuals to live as independently as possible and avoid inappropriate institutionalization by providing a range of health and social services to Skamania County adults.
Nutrition Program - The oldest, most popular program, provided primarily from funds allocated by the Older Americans Act, is aimed at people over 60 who are physically and emotionally able to benefit from a social setting. Noon meals are served Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Rock Creek Recreation Center in Stevenson. The purpose is to provide older adults with a hot, nutritious meal and an opportunity to socialize while eating with friends.
Home Delivered Meals - These meals are available for those people who are homebound and have a special long-term or emergency need.
Transportation - Senior Services provides transportation to Skamania County residents of all ages to medical and social service appointments as well as financial, social, and shopping services. Transportation is provided to senior meals as well. If you need transportation please call 509-427-3990 and get on the schedule.
Social Events - Special social events are planned throughout the year, including a monthly birthday luncheon for all county seniors.
In-Home Personal Care Services - The following Personal Care Programs are available to elderly and/or disabled individuals to assist them to remain in their own home.
COPES - Community Options Program Entry System - If you are medically eligible for a nursing home and you prefer to remain at home, money that would be available for nursing home care can be used to provide help in your home.
Medicaid Personal Care, Chore Services, Senior Personal Care, Private Chore - These programs provide a Personal Care Aide who comes to the client's home to assist with personal care tasks. Client need, resources and income are assessed in cooperation with the Department of Social and Health Services to determine which programs are suitable for each client. For more details call Senior Services at 509-427-3990.
Case Management - The Case Manager coordinates community services for the frail, elderly person with multiple needs. The purpose is to support the older person's independence in his or her own home as long as possible.
Respite - Respite is a break or "time out" for care givers who provide continuous supervision or care for adults over 18. If you are an unpaid care giver who needs to get out once in a while to take care of business or just simply relax, call for an assessment.
Information and Assistance - If you are over 60 and have a problem, there are many agencies in Skamania County to help you. I&A can direct you to the proper agency or program which can best help you. A telephone call to the Senior Services' office may give to the necessary information.
For more information, call (509) 427-3990 or visit http://www.skamaniacounty.org/senior_services.htm