News & Announcements

Thank you Tessa & Chuck!

 

We would like to say thank you to Tessa and Chuck Bowden who are moving to the East Coast this month. Tessa has worked with the Senior Center since 2020, first as the Stop ‘N Shop Coordinator and more recently providing administrative support at the front desk. Chuck has offered his incredible skillset to fix almost anything as a valued volunteer in the Stop ‘N Shop. We will miss them both and wish them all the best in their new adventure!

 

 

 

 

Call for artists! 

photo by Jaunt & Joy on Unsplash.com

We are seeking professional artists to respond to a Request for Proposals to paint a mural on the side of our building in the West Seattle Junction located at 4217 SW Oregon St. The mural will wrap from the alley on the Oregon St. side all the way to the California Ave. SW side of the building.

We are excited to be going through a renaming and rebranding this year. In mid-May, we will announce to the community our new name, which will reflect our long-term goal of broadening and diversifying our membership.

As part of that, we are seeking a vibrant and meaningful mural to express our new name and brand that will enhance the visual appeal of the center, create a welcoming atmosphere and reflect the spirit of the community.

Part of the funding for this project is coming from a Neighborhood Matching grant from the City of Seattle. We will be raising the remainder of the funds for the project through its GiveBIG campaign this May.

The Mural Committee for the Senior Center of West Seattle is putting out a Request for Proposal for muralists. Indigenous/BIPOC artists encouraged to submit a proposal. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 22.

If you’re interested in receiving the Request for Proposal, please contact Karen Pfeiffer Bush at karen@housewarmingseattle.com.

Home Care or Home Health Care…What’s the Difference?

By Toni Ameslav, MSW, Staff Social Worker

Families often ask us for help setting up home health care for a family member, when they actually want to set up home care, so I thought it would be helpful to give a brief overview of the difference between the two.

Home Care

Home care is assistance provided with activities of daily living, such as meal preparation, transportation and light housework, as well as non-medical personal care tasks like shower and dressing help and assistance with transfers from bed to chair or bed to walker.

These services can be provided by a caregiver from a licensed home care agency or by a private individual hired by an individual or family to provide these services. Home care services are usually paid for privately, although some long-term care policies cover home care. They are never covered by Medicare. Most agencies require a minimum number of hours per shift, usually four hours. Costs vary widely among home care agencies so comparison shopping is important.

It’s important to use a licensed home care agency that provides oversight of its employees and will be responsible for their wages and benefits. If you hire a caregiver privately through word of mouth or other means, be sure to check their references carefully. You may be able to negotiate an hourly rate with them and not be dependent on a certain number of hours per shift.

For low-income individuals who meet financial criteria and have at least two non-medical personal care needs, the state of Washington pays for a certain number of hours per month of caregiving from a home care agency or individual, depending on the individual’s needs. This requires an application process, and our social workers can assist with this process.

Home Health Care

Home health care is a Medicare-covered service provided in an individual’s home, usually following surgery, injury, hospitalization or a stay in a skilled nursing facility. Medicaid also covers home health care for people who qualify. You must be on Medicare Part A and/or Part B or have private insurance that pays for home health care. Home health care must be ordered by a physician and can include intermittent nurse visits, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work and a home health aide for bathing.

To qualify for home health care, an individual must be homebound according to Medicare rules, have a skilled need and be under the care of a physician. Individuals are initially certified for 60 days and can be recertified for another 60 day period if they still have a skilled need at the end of 60 days. Skilled needs include physical therapy for rehab following a hip replacement, wound care, tube feeding or skilled nursing for sterile dressing changes.

Home health care is generally short-term, and an individual must be showing improvement or decline in order to be recertified. If a home health care patient stabilizes, they will be discharged from home health services. Home health care does not include home care services like meal prep and non-medical personal care, except for shower assist by a home care bath aide.

If you have questions about home care or home health care, please contact one of our social workers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nursing facility. Medicaid also covers home health care for people who qualify. You must be on Medicare Part A and/or Part B or have private insurance that pays for home health care. Home health care must be ordered by a physician and can include intermittent nurse visits, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work and a home health aide for bathing.

 

To qualify for home health care, an individual must be homebound according to Medicare rules, have a skilled need and be under the care of a physician. Individuals are initially certified for 60 days and can be recertified for another 60 day period if they still have a skilled need at the end of 60 days. Skilled

needs include physical therapy for rehab following a hip replacement, wound care, tube feeding or skilled nursing for sterile dressing changes.

 

Home health care is generally short-term, and an individual must be showing improvement or decline in order to be recertified. If a home health care patient stabilizes, they will be discharged from home health services. Home health care does not include home care services like meal prep and non-medical personal care, except for shower assist by a home care bath aide.

 

If you have questions about home care or home health care, please contact one of our social workers.

New Partnership with ArtsWest

ArtsWest is inviting our members to attend the upcoming award-winning play English at an exclusive discounted rate all season long. Plus, attendees at the Thursday, April 11, showing can stop by the theater’s box office for a special gift from ArtsWest.

English is written by Sanaz Toossi, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2023. It is co-produced with Seda Iranian Theatre Ensemble and directed by Naghmeh Samini.

As described by ArtsWest: “Two words set in motion award-winning playwright Sanaz Toossi’s intricate and profound New York debut: ‘English Only.’ This is the mantra that rules one classroom in Iran, where four adult students are preparing for the TOEFL — the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Chasing fluency through a maze of word games, listening exercises, and show-and-tell sessions, they hope that one day, English will make them whole. But it might be splitting them each in half.”

ArtsWest is a professional, nonprofit theater and art gallery that has been an artistic hub in the West Seattle Junction since 1998.

Tickets: $30 tickets are available for Senior Center members. Use the code WS_SENIOR24 when purchasing at artswest.org or by mentioning the Senior Center to the box office in person or at 206-938-0339.