Services for a Family Member

Are You an unpaid Family Caregiver? We are Here to Help.

We support unpaid family caregivers in Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties as they assist adult family members dealing with aging or disability.

The term caregiver covers a broad range of tasks and responsibilities. Family caregivers usually provide care for a spouse, parent, or another family member, and usually in a private home. Duties may include meal deliveries or preparation, helping give medications and help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and getting in and out of a car.

Many unpaid caregivers perform their duties out of love or a sense of family obligation. When the list of duties expands, a family caregiver may not recognize the growing stress involved with caring for another living with a chronic illness or disability. Caring for another while balancing a full-time job or family of your own can make it even tougher. Making adjustments and providing for your own health are keys to managing the all-important role of caregiver. 

At LMTAAA, we are here to provide you with information and assistance to help you navigate the challenges and maybe even maximize the reward of providing meaningful assistance to your family member. Read on or click through to find answers to FAQs, get caregiver news and info, and find events that can help you be at your best as a person and a caregiver. 

We encourage you to sign up for one of our many family caregiver classes, attend a support group, or call 1-888-545-0910.

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Kinship Care Services+

Services are available for grandparents or other relatives raising children, such as information and assistance, support groups, educational events, and emergency assistance. 

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In-Home Personal Care+

LMTAAA provides Medicaid Case Management for older adults and adults with disabilities who need some support in order to remain in their own homes and also meet financial and other eligibility requirements. As the client, you can choose an agency care provider or an independent paid provider.

If you want an independent provider but are not sure who to hire, you can contact the Home Care Referral Registry (HCRR). Using powerful tools to find providers qualified to meet your needs, the HCRR will provide you with a list of care providers. Then, you or your representative can interview professional caregivers to find the candidate who best meets your needs. Working with your personal case manager, you will then authorize the provider of your choosing for payment before service starts.

This process begins at the Home and Community Services division of the Department of Social and Health Services, and our Assistance Specialists can provide more information about this service and how to connect with the HCS office in your area. 

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Long-Term Care Facilities+

If your family member values their independence, they are not alone. We are focused on providing options designed to allow adults with disabilities or aging-related challenges to stay in their homes as long as possible. If they cannot be cared for in their home, there are other options available. We can provide resources and information about assisted-living facilities, adult-family homes, and skilled nursing facilities in a way that puts your family member's needs front and center.

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Long-Term Care Advocacy+

Do you or someone you know live in a long-term care facility? The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program champions the interests, well-being, and rights of people who live in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, adult family homes, and assisted-living facilities. Our Volunteer Certified Ombudsmen are here to educate you. They also inform staff members, families, and the community about your rights as a resident. Our volunteers are also available to provide resources and advocate for quality-of-life issues in long-term care facilities. LMTAAA administers this program for our tri-county region.

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Meal Delivery & Nutrition Support+

Getting good meals or perhaps sharing a meal with others can be tough on a fixed income. Good news. LMTAAA subcontracts with several senior nutrition services including group meals at senior centers, home-delivered meals, and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. (Note: we do not work directly with food banks, but we do refer people to food banks, if needed).

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Medicaid & Medicare Assistance+

Do you or a family member you are caring for have questions about Medicare or Medicaid? You are not alone. Here are the basics.

Medicare provides health insurance for Americans aged 65 and older and younger people with some disability. It has several programs designed to help participants cover the cost of hospitalizations, preventative medicine, ambulance services, medical second opinions, and medications.

Medicaid is both a federal and state program. It helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid also offers benefits not normally covered by Medicare, including nursing home care and personal care services. There are income and medical criteria to receive benefits. Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health services in the USA, and Washington State has the best Medicaid long-term care services in the nation.

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Transportation Help+

LMTAAA provides funding to local providers for transportation services for adults with disabilities and seniors 60+ to important activities to help you maintain quality of life. Examples of included activities are:

  • Medical and healthcare services
  • Social services
  • Meal programs
  • Senior centers
  • Shopping and recreational activities

We also refer to other transportation services throughout the three counties.

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Falls Prevention+

Preventing falls is a key part of maintaining independence for older adults. With this goal in mind, we bring together a number of community resources through the Lewis Mason Thurston Falls Prevention Coalition (LMTFPC). We also subcontract for specific falls prevention programs and refer out to various community partners.

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