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About the Program

Supportive Services for Elders & Their Families (SSEF) supports caregivers and helps seniors remain independent and safe in the community by providing support groups, individual counseling, assistance in finding affordable housing options, guidance with Medicare/healthcare options, and projects that provide intergenerational dialog between elders and youth.

Recipients

Seniors and their families

Services for Businesses

  • Individual & Family Counseling: Discuss options for respite care; self-care; family issues; home safety; communication skills; short and long range planning for future care; and accessing resources available in the community.
  • Home Sharing Program: Finding affordable accommodations for home seeker in exchange for level of support for home owners in Thurston County.
  • Advance Care Planing: Facilitators can assist you in completing an Advance Directive, which names your healthcare agent and conveys your wishes and preferences.
  • Support Groups:  ALS, Bereavement: Life After Loss, Dementia Caregiver, Dementia Talks, Low Vision, Memory Café, Parkinson’s Support & Music Class, Vision Impairment.
  • Information & Assistance: Help seniors 60 and older navigate local community resources including nutrition programs, medical assistance, transportation and financial tasks.
  • Statewide Health and Insurance Advisers (SHIBA): Guidance with Medicare and healthcare options
  • Sharing Teens & Elder Project (STEP): An intergenerational volunteer program where teens and elders meet to bridge age barriers and form unique and gratifying friendships.
  • Inclusion Program:  Providing individualized support, activities and peer mentoring to seniors with intellectual disabilities.
  • Pet Assistance Program: For seniors whose family members do not live in the area or live alone, often their pets are their primary companions. With support from Concern for Animals and private donors who are concerned about the welfare of seniors' pets, we offer members pet food, emergency assistance and grooming.

Services for Job Seekers

  • Counseling in Social Work
  • Knowledge of public assistance program: nutrition programs, Food Stamps, Food Bank
  • Community Resources: doctors, housing, transportation options, assist individuals and families with short and long-range planning for future care
  • SHIBA: Office of Insurance Commissioner certification

Other Services

  • Serving as gatekeepers, monitoring and advocating for the well-being and safety of community seniors who are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.