Seniors Citizens are a high priority in Washoe County
Washoe County is experiencing a rapid demographic shift because of the aging of the “baby boom” generation. Like every community in America, we are evaluating how to provide services to the most vulnerable seniors.
After an April 2, 2012 presentation by Washoe County Senior Services WCSS), the Joint Meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, Reno City Council, Sparks City Council and Washoe County School District Board of Trustees requested that the Department prepare a report on the cost and benefit of increased funding.
The Department offers both a $1.2 million and $2.4 million option.
Please ask your elected officials, in-person, by letter or e-mail, and in testimony at public hearings to support the proposal. The following is a summary:
Washoe County, like all of the United States, is seeing the “Baby Boomers” turn 60 in unprecedented numbers. This demographic shift is having a dramatic impact on seniors, families and our community.
The senior population is growing faster than any other segment of the Washoe County community; 25% are now over 55, with the age group 55-64 years absorbing 27.3% of all County population growth over the last decade.
Washoe County Senior Services (WCSS) is not able to meet the needs of the rapidly growing number of vulnerable seniors.
Today, Washoe County Senior Services assists only 8% of the more than 71,000 County residents over the age of 60. We are forecast to have as many as 93,000 over 60 by 2016.
The Washoe County Senior Center, 9th and Sutro, is 34 years old, and over half of its Meals on Wheels delivery vehicles are over 10 years old.
In 1985, when voters approved the $.01 Senior Citizens ad valorem Fund in perpetuity, it was believed to be adequate for all future facility, program and service needs. Because of increasing costs, the addition of essential programs and above all, population growth, this is no longer true.
Almost all Washoe County Senior Services programs have a waiting list.
Washoe County Senior Services helps “Bend the Curve” of health and long term care costs by keeping seniors active, involved and independent.
Planning to prepare the community for an aging society; leverage new resources.
Senior Centers operated in partnership with cities and GID that provide classes, activities and events; volunteer opportunities.
Congregate Meals at 8 locations in senior centers and public housing.
Outreach and early intervention programs to connect seniors to services as early as possible.
“Help Line” – Aging and Disability Resource Center – provides information, advice and counseling about health and long term care.
Social Services, including case management, nursing, Home Delivered Meals and in-home care for the most vulnerable.
Senior Law for legal matters including advance directives, public benefits appeals, elder law, and housing counseling.
DayBreak Adult Day is an alternate to nursing home care.
Seniors and their families need help managing the maze of services and choices; many seniors are not able to pay for the services they need
Almost every Washoe County family will be faced with providing care for aging parents and relatives. Most are not prepared.
In a 2006 Washoe County needs assessment, only 34% of all seniors said that they could afford to pay for their own care.
WCSS low cost supportive services reduce public expenses by keeping people healthier, longer, supporting independent living in their homes and by delaying or preventing institutionalization. The additional funding would provide services and reduce other costs:
Congregate Meal sites and Senior Centers
• 20% of the 2,100 seniors report that it is their only meal of the day.
• Site managers, which were eliminated in previous budget cuts, would be restored for all meal sites.
• Provide clerical and social work support for senior centers.
WCSS “Help Line” provides counseling on long term care and health care options, empowering seniors to make an informed choice on decisions that affect their entire family.
• Expert information, advice and counseling would be available to an additional 5,500 seniors and family members per year.
Case management and visiting nurse
• An additional 350 seniors would receive medication management, help with medical professionals and an in-home nursing assessment.
• An additional 600 seniors would be assisted by a case manager to coordinate care and arrange for services.
• An additional 400 low-income seniors would get in-home services, such as home care, personal care and escorted transportation that are not available elsewhere.
Home Delivered Meals provides 1/3 of the USDA Recommended Daily Allowance to homebound seniors, who cannot prepare their own meals.
• Today, 175 (37%) of WCSS current HDM case load need assistance in 2 or more Activities of Daily Living (ADLs – bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, etc.) and receive additional case management, nursing and in-home care. They have received services for at least one year.
• New funding would serve an additional 300 homebound seniors per year; provide an additional 70,000 meals per year, for a total of 180,000.
• Additional funding would help an additional 400 high risk clients
Senior Law: Provide legal services to an additional 400 people.
DayBreak Adult Day Health: An additional 10 low-income seniors will get services.
• The annual cost for a DayBreak client is $11,000. Nevada Medicaid Nursing Home cost for the same senior is about $59,000 per year; an annual savings of $48,000 per year, and total potential annual savings of $3.48 million.
Filed under: > Senior Services Directory - SOUTHERN Nevada, Home Repair
Helping Hands of N. Las Vegas
3640 N. 5th St., Ste. 130, N. LV, NV 89032
(702) 649-7853. Home repair for small jobs, call for eligible zip code areas. Inside work only. M-Th 8am-3pm, Fri 8am-2pm
LV Urban League Senior Home Services
3575 W. Cheyenne, N. LV, NV 89032
702-636-3949, Call for weatherization.
Nevada State Contractors Board
2310 Corporate Cr. #200, Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 486-1100, www.nscb.nv.gov
Regulatory agency providing quality
construction by Nevada licensed contractors, provides contractor license verifications,
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issues and homeowner education
regarding licensed contractors
611 So. 9th Street, LV, NV 89101
(702) 259-4900, www.rtcasn.com
Home Repairs: Minor/Major, Build Handicap Ramps, Critical Repair for Low Income, A/C & Furnace, Plumbing. Homeowners 60+ older, Veterans, Active Military or Disabled
The Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD) in the State of Nevada, Department of Health and Human Services, represents Nevadans aged 60 years and older and those with disabilities.
Mission Statement The Aging and Disability Services Division provides leadership and advocacy in the planning, development and delivery of a high quality, comprehensive support service system across the lifespan. This allows all of Nevada’s elders, adults and children with disabilities or special health care needs to live independent, meaningful, and dignified lives in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. Developmental Services
State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD)
Advocate for Elders
Advocacy, assistance, information and referral to frail seniors, who are 60 years of age or older, primarily homebound and living in the community, and their caregivers.
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Provides citizen-centered “one-stop” entry points into the long-term support system. Serves individuals in need of long-term support, caregivers, and those planning for future long-term support needs.
Assisted Living (AL) Waiver
Assisted living supportive services to eligible individuals in a residential facility as an alternative to nursing home placement.
Community Options Program for the Elderly (COPE)
Non-medical services to older persons to help them maintain independence in their own homes as an alternative to nursing home placement. Similar to the HCBW Program.
Disability Rx (External link) Assistance with the cost of prescription medicines to qualified individuals with disabilities.
Disability Services (External link)The Office of Disability Services provides resources at the community level which promote equal opportunity and life choices for people with disabilities through which they may positively contribute to Nevada.
Elder Protective Services (EPS)
For persons 60 years old and older who may experience abuse, neglect, exploitation, or isolation.
Information for current and/or prospective grantees.
Home and Community Based Waiver (HCBW formerly CHIP)
Non-medical services to older persons to help them maintain independence in their own homes as an alternative to nursing home placement.
General housekeeping, limited meal preparation, shopping, laundering, errands, standby assistance with bathing, and home management services.
IDEA Part C Office
Provides oversight of Part C (early intervention services) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Long Term Care Ombudsman
Addresses issues and problems faced by residents in long term care facilities, which includes residential facilities for groups.
Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
The goal of the SMP program is to empower seniors to prevent Medicare/health care fraud through outreach and education.
Nevada’s plan to provide Nevada seniors relief from the high cost of prescription medicine.
Senior Tax Assistance/Rent Rebate Program
This program is no longer available.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Medicare Counseling Information,
Counseling and assistance to Medicare Beneficiaries in Nevada, utilizing a statewide network of volunteers.
Taxi Assistance Program (TAP)
Discounted taxicab fares to seniors and persons with disabilities in Clark County. (Washoe County also has a program of this type.
Waiver for the Elderly in Adult Residential Care (WEARC)
Non-medical services in a group care setting to offer individuals a less expensive alternative of supervised care in a residential setting.