Our mission is to help you and your family plan and receive the care you deserve. Something is terribly wrong: The majority of Americans want to die at home surrounded by family and friends, but most end up dying in the hospital or nursing home, cared for by strangers. Half of Americans die in pain that could have been treated. Sick people have come to fear losing their dignity or burdening their families more than they fear death. And this is all happening in a country that is meant to prize the rights of individuals and champion respect for personal wishes. The non-profit Aging with Dignity was established because you and your family deserve better. We provide you with the practical information, advice and legal tools you need to ensure your wishes and those of your loved ones will be respected. By helping you improve your own quality of care, we can bring about dramatic change, one person at a time. The Five Wishes document helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. It is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it looks to all of a person’s needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. Five Wishes also encourages discussing your wishes with your family and physician.
888-5-WISHES (594-7437) AgingWithDignity.org
The Eldercare Locator is a free public service that connects older people and their families to valuable information on services and resources for senior citizens through state and local agencies as well as community-based organizations. The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
THE FRIENDSHIP LINE
Feeling isolated or lonely? Call the friendship line 24 hours toll free, a kinder help line for those in crisis.
Even though the foundation closed in 2014, their website continues to offer information on programs that serve the needs of terminally ill and grieving individuals of all ages.
A free website that helps loved ones share information and support throughout a patient’s significant health challenge.
Provides education about life-threatening illness and end of life care. Primary mission is to improve the quality of compassionate care for people who are dying, through public education and global professional collaboration. Gives you access to the Internet’s most comprehensive collection of reviewed resources for end-of-life care.
A program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life.
Provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care with the goal of enhancing the U.S. health care system and the role of hospice within it.
Advancing hospice and palliative care programs, education, research, and favorable policies around the world.
Dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.
The Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest offers a website that is a comprehensive portal of resources from communities across the state. Our goal is to inspire adults of all ages to create their personal end-of-life care plans and connect people to the tools they need to get started. We also provide resources to guide people through sharing those plans with their loved ones and health care teams.
MyDirectives® is the first completely digital emergency, critical and advance care planning platform. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, MyDirectives allows individuals to easily, quickly and securely download their electronic healthcare records, MyDirectives is also the only advance care planning platform to receive meaningful use certification from HHS. MyDirectives MOBILE™ is found exclusively in the Apple App Store® and lets consumers place critical emergency health information in front of the lock-screen on the iPhone in conjunction with Apple Health.
Supports and sustains the important work of families nationwide caring for adult loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.
End of life education materials for families and professionals
Education and Consultation in End of Life Care
The Elder Helpers program strives to safely and conveniently connect these dedicated, passionate volunteers with elders in their local communities.Education and Consultation in End of Life Care.
Mission: To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Has newsletter by email or printed copy.
Goal is to provide information, education and support to families caring for aging loved ones, especially those coping with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia.
CHI provides education, training and technical assistance to those who care for children with life-threatening conditions and their families.
Assists families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and provides information to help others be supportive.
Provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. Supports individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.
Led by grief counselor and educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt, the Center for Loss and Life Transition is an organization dedicated to helping people who are grieving and those who care for them with resources and understanding.
VHOCC has a library of helpful materials that can be found at https://vhocc.libib.com/. These materials are available for loan to VHOCC staff and active volunteers. Members of the community may borrow these and similar materials from the North Olympic Library System (NOLS). The NOLS catalog can be searched at http://pac.nols.org/polaris/. If the item is not owned by NOLS, requests can be made to NOLS to purchase the item or borrow it from another library through an inter-library loan.
Port Angeles Main Library Branch
Sequim Branch Library
Volunteer assistance with shopping, minor home repairs, yard work, transportation, etc. for income-eligible seniors and disabled individuals.
Contracted with Clallam Transit, ADA services for persons 80 years or older and qualified disabled individuals. Download applications from website. Office hours; Mon-Sat 8 am-4 pm.
Encore! is an Adult Social Daycare Program for vulnerable adults and seniors with functional disabilities. It provides a friendly and safe site, an opportunity to socialize, respite for caregivers, nutritious meals, and opportunities to learn new skills.
Home Delivered Meals – Meals on Wheels
Single entry-point for senior information and assistance for Grays Harbor, Pacific, Clallam and Jefferson Counties.
Community Options Program Entry System (COPES) is a state program that provides comprehensive care management and helps pay for personal care, home delivered meals, home health care, adult day services, respite, transportation and other services for older adults in their homes. COPES also pays for care in board and care homes and assisted living facilities. It is designed to help people who, without COPES, would need to be in nursing homes.
Family Caregiver Support Program
The Family Caregiver Support Group is for any family caregiver of a disabled or elder adult. We welcome caregivers to share, obtain support and realize they are not alone in their caregiver journey. We support family members, friends and neighbors.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group
Meets the second Monday of each month 9:30-11:30 am at the Port Angeles Senior Center.
Facilitator: Judi Briley 989-255-8399
Discovery Memory Care Caregivers Support Group
Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month 3:30-5:00 pm at Discovery Memory Care, 408 W. Washington St, Sequim.
Soroptimist International of Sequim
Runs a Medical Loan Closet. They offer free loans of walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, canes, bedside commodes, bath chairs and other assistive devices.
Washington Law Help
Free legal information and self-help materials that provide information about non-criminal legal problems affecting low-income people in Washington State.
Assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and provides information to help others be supportive. Grief support group meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Port Angeles.