Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, the Human Services Department and the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services invited downtown Seattle employees and other members of the public to a special forum on caregiver stress and support services on July 31. Five council members, four family and/or kinship caregivers, HSD director Dannette R. Smith, and Aging and Disability Services director Jesse Eller participated in the forum, which was broadcast live by the Seattle Channel.
Do you take care of an older friend or family member or an adult with a disability? If so, you probably get pretty stressed. Fortunately, help is available—and it’s free! Aging and Disability Services—a Seattle Human Services Department division that serves as the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County—just unveiled the King County Caregiver Support Network Web site. Unpaid caregivers can contact any of the agencies listed to request a free consultation, advice, and coaching, or even respite care (respite services are charged on a sliding fee scale). These services help you maintain your own well-being and help you to provide even more effective care for a loved one.
If you help care for a family member or friend and need support, contact the Family Caregiver Support Program at 206-448-3110 or 1-888-4ELDERS.
A nearly $1 million boost in state funding will help hundreds of family caregivers who take care of loved ones in their own homes.Family caregiving plays a vital role in helping some of the most vulnerable members of our community remain in their homes and stay independent, but caregiving also takes a heavy toll on the caregivers including stress, depression and increased chances of developing chronic illnesses.
The Family Caregiver Support Program, run by the Seattle Human Services Department’s Aging and Disability Services (ADS), received an increase of $987,000 for one year from July 2011. The added funding brings the total program budget to $2.5 million and will allow the program to serve approximately 430 county residents who are taking care of family members.
The Seattle Human Services Department has issued a Request for Investments (RFI) for the King County Family Caregiver Support Program. Approximately $1,029,500 in funding is available. Of this, $960,000 is available to help reduce family caregiver stress and enable care receivers to remain at home and independent. An additional $69,500 is available for kinship caregiver programs, which help grandparents and other relatives caring for a child 18 or younger. Agencies interested in applying for this funding opportunity are strongly encouraged to attend one or both of the RFI information sessions.
Information Session #1 for New RFI Applicants (This session is open to all, but aimed at organizations new to the City’s RFI and contracting process): Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 2100 Building (2100 24th Ave S, Seattle)
Information Session #2: Monday, January 31, 2011, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Renton Library Meeting Room, 100 Mill Ave S, Renton
For additional information and/or to request paper copies of the Family Caregiver Support Services RFI, contact Doug Ricker at 206-684-0292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.