Seniors

How We Supported Seniors in 2018:

  • Senior Living Initiative
    • $2,400 Tender Loving Care Program
    • $2,200 Chelan Valley Community Nursing Program

Chelan Senior Center

Activities, programs and community for the young at heart! The Chelan Senior Center was incorporated in 1973 as the Lake Chelan Senior Social Club. The original house (pictured below) was built around 1920 and purchased by the Chelan Social Club in 1973 to set up their quilting frames, make their quilts and socializing. From the proceeds of quilt sales and donations, the house was paid off in 1975. It was at that time the Social Club offered their building as a meal site for Senior Meals. The house was expanded later to accommodate the growing club. The Social Clubs first officers were Harley R. Coates, L.L. McCormick, Bertha Weeks and Leona Yetter. The Center’s name was changed from the Chelan Social Club to the Chelan Senior Center in 2004.

Being the “Old House” was over 100 years old, in 2007 the Center members began pursuit of a new building. Through grants, funding from the City of Chelan, local business support, donations and many, many volunteer hours, the current new building was opened in 2010.

The Center is a 3,200 square foot building that hosts Senior Meals, exercise classes, Wii bowling and other events throughout the year. The facility is also available for private rental. The Chelan Senior Center is a self supported, non-profit organization.

Chelan Station Re-Runs

A 2nd hand store to benefit the Chelan Senior Center, located at Chelan Station in Chelan Falls on Highway 150. Traveling from Chelan, the store can be found on the left at the railroad tracks​​.

​HOURS: Thursday – Saturday 10 – 5 and Sunday 11 – 4

Senior Living Initiative

The Senior Living Initiative (SLI) is a grassroots effort that is building a pathway of senior living and care in the Lake Chelan Valley. The Lake Chelan Health & Wellness Foundation supports both of these efforts.

There are two major SLI efforts currently underway:

Tender Loving Care For Seniors (TLC)

Tender Loving Care for Seniors (TLC) Program offers periodic volunteer visitors at no fee, to assist seniors to live comfortably in their own home.

Activities might include:

  • Companionship
  • Support seniors to achieve goals for health and self-care
  • Connections to other services in the community as needed

The Tender Loving Care for Seniors (TLC) start-up nonprofit has been training volunteers to assist vulnerable seniors who wish to remain in their own homes and apartments. These non-medical visits include companionship/friendship, respite for senior’s caregivers, coordination of care such as connecting seniors to services like home health, home repair and transportation. TLC works closely with Chelan Valley Community Nurse Michelle Jerome, Health Homes Nurse Coordinator Jill Milner, Chelan Valley Hope and others. TLC sponsored a May 2018 event where 9 local seniors had applications processed for Link Plus, a service which allows them to access low cost ($3 roundtrip) door-to-door transportation to medical appointments and shopping. TLC is also improving food security by assessing client’s needs and obtaining home-delivered meals or delivering food boxes to homebound clients.

TLC Coordinator Claudia Swenson has trained 27 volunteers (25 active) and assessed 37 clients for TLC care. Clients are fragile; we have had 4 deaths and 9 have become inactive due to a number of issues. In the first 7 months (October 1, 2017- April 30,2018), TLC provided 257 visits, 520 hours of visits and traveled 2566 miles, about 10-miles/visit. The Lake Chelan Health & Wellness Foundation has covered the cost of two volunteers for 2018. Our volunteers and clients really enjoy each other. Client/volunteer relationships are making a difference: one client’s clinical “depression score” went from severe daily symptoms to normal range, while another client is getting help with computer and motorcycle issues with a new friend.

Families needing respite care are supported by generous volunteers who may provide a 2-4 hour visit to allow the caregiver to run errands, shop or even continue to do a volunteer job they love. All client visits and client information is held confidentially.

For more information, contact tlcprogram4@gmail.com or 509-687-3377
Chelan Valley Hope, P O Box 635, 417 S. Bradley Street, Chelan, WA 98816 sponsors this program.

Chelan Valley Community Nurse Program

Chelan Valley Community Nurse (CVCN) Program offers services to frail adults in our community at no fee:

  • Nurse home visits
  • Blood pressure screening clinics
  • Health education
  • Referrals for other health and social services as needed

The Chelan Valley Community Nurse (CVCN) Program targets frail and vulnerable adults living in their homes and has the goal of helping them remain home with increased comfort and safety. The nurse is available to do home visits to help problem solve issues as there are changes in function at home, to assist with understanding and managing medications, to help translate doctor orders into everyday living, to educate about new and old diagnoses and living with chronic disease, and to refer to other services as needed. There is no attempt to duplicate services a client is eligible for elsewhere. The nurse has also been offering blood pressure screening clinics and has been submitting newsletter articles on pertinent health issues to congregations and groups in the community. The Lake Chelan Health and Wellness Foundation generously donated $1200 to the program to boost the number of blood pressure screening clinics.

To provide this type of safety net, collaboration with other service providers in the area isnessential. The nurse currently actively collaborates with LC Hospital and Clinics, Columbia ValleynCommunity Health, Confluence Health, Chelan Valley Hope, Tender Loving Care for Seniors,nChelan and Manson Senior Meals programs, the Chelan Senior Center, DSHS Health Homes
Program, Area Aging and Adult Care and numerous community service groups and congregations.

As of May 21, 2018, the nurse has done 35 blood pressure screening clinics serving 137 citizens. She has logged some 1786 miles providing 199 home visits to 37 clients whose needs range from newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis to end stage COPD and Parkinson’s. Of the clients seen through home visits and BP screenings, three have transitioned to living in a facility, three have
discharged from the program and there have been five deaths. This means that of 174 clients, 166 of them remain in their homes.
The CVCN Program began in August 2017 with a one-time grant from United Healthcare. The grant funding is non-renewable and active fundraising is currently in process.

For more information, call 509-679-9059.
Lake Chelan Lutheran Church sponsors this program