Call 911 immediately if you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one. 911 can be called for physical as well as psychological issues. You can also call 911 and request a “wellness check” by a police officer if you are unable to reach your elder by phone and you are worried they may have fallen or otherwise hurt themselves in the home.
Crisis Clinic of the Peninsulas – Serving Clallam, Kitsap, and Jefferson Counties
Kitsap Mental Health Services – Crisis Response Team and help for adults dealing with mental illness or a mental health crisis
Kitsap County Domestic Violence Task Force – help with domestic violence
Suicide Prevention Hotline – list of local Washington hotlines for 24/7 help
Veterans Crisis Line – suicide prevention and crisis support for veterans, active duty personnel, and families/loved ones
Washington Recovery Help Line – 24 hour help for substance abuse, problem gambling, and mental illness
Health and Disability
ALS Association – Evergreen Chapter supporting people and loved ones living with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Alzheimers Association Washington Chapter – Information, resources, and support.
American Cancer Society – Information, Resources, and Support
American Diabetes Association – Information, Resources, and Support
American Heart Association – Info and Resources
American Lung Association – Information, Resources, and Support
Bright Focus Foundation – Information on Alzheimer’s, Macular Degeneration, & Glaucoma
Cancer Care – Comprehensive website offering help and support for patients, caregivers, and loved ones dealing with cancer
Chemo Care – Information on specific chemotherapy medications, including known side effects, drug interaction information
Lung Cancer Alliance – National organization devoted to research, information, advocacy, and support for those dealing with lung cancer.
Medline Plus — Medical Encyclopedia
National Alzheimer’s Association – Information, resources, and support.
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation – Research & Education Center
Washington State Parkinson’s Association – programs to support health and wellness for patients living with Parkinson’s
4th Angel – Patient and Caregiver Mentoring Program for People with Cancer
Caregiver Support Programs through DSHS in Washington State – Information, resources, and help for caregivers in Washington.
Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County – Offering mediation services to families when power struggles prevent clear decision making
Growth House – Education and resources for compassionate care, including a quiet music radio channel for relaxation and care of the sick
Kitsap County Family Caregiver Support Program – Support for unpaid family caregivers, including a drop in Support Center open M-F from 11am to 2pm
VA Caregiver Support – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Program for caregivers of veterans
Benefits Checkup – National Council on Aging – find benefit programs to help pay for medications, health care, food, and more
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly
Healthwell Foundation – Financial help with medical expenses when insurance is not enough
Kitsap Community Resources Veterans’ Assistance Program – financial help for veterans in Kitsap, including help with rent, energy & utilities, food, transportation, medical and prescription costs, burial costs, and more
Needy Meds – Online portal for finding help with the cost of medicine and some medical supplies
Partnership for Prescription Assistance – Onine portal for finding help with the cost of medicine
Housing Kitsap – Help with housing issues, including home rehabilitation financial assistance programs
Medicare – Website to Search for Skilled Nursing Facilities
Aging and Long-Term Support Administration – help with long term care, kinship care, in-home care, and more
Aging Options – professional services to preserve quality of life available throughout the Puget Sound Region
Kitsap Community Resources – Help for low-income Kitsap Community residents, including housing and energy assistance and veteran’s assistance
Kitsap County Aging & Long Term Care – WA State Area Agency on Aging (AAA) provides case management for Medicaid funded community services
Northwest Center for Creative Aging – Offers programs for engaging adults in vital and inspired living as they age
State of Washington government website – info for Washington’s aging elders
Washington Pioneer Network – Facilitating transformation in the culture of aging in the 21st century
National Resources on Aging
Administration on Aging – US Dept. of Health and Human Services
Aging Life Care Association – Mothership for Aging Life Care Managers
Aging With Dignity – goal to affirm and safeguard the human dignity of individuals as they age and to promote better care for those near the end of life
Alliance for Aging Research — general aging research and information
American Association of Retired Persons – National organization supporting retired people
American Geriatrics Society — General information and advocacy site
American Health Care Association – Long term and post acute care providers advocating quality care and services for frail, elderly, and disabled individuals
American Society on Aging – Advancing knowledge on behalf of aging adults
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services – official US Government site
Elder Care Online – internet community of elder caregivers
Family Caregiver Alliance – National Center on Caregiving
The National Council on Aging – Improving the health and economic security of older adults
National Family Caregivers Association – education and peer support
National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Aging – Excellent resources, online information, and free publications on aging including Alzheimer’s and dementia.
NIH Senior Health- health and wellness information – Health and wellness information for seniors.
US Dept of Health & Human Services – Healthy aging, managing health conditions, care planning, and resources for older Americans.
US Department of Veterans Affairs – Veterans guide to geriatric services
Geriatric Mental Health Foundation – Support, information, and resources on mental health disorders affecting elders.
Medicare Rights Center – nonprofit consumer services organization
National Alliance for Caregiving – Advancing family caregiving through research, innovation and advocacy.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship – Advocating quality cancer care for all individuals touched by cancer.
Supportive Care Matters – a public awareness campaign sponsored by The Partnership for Palliative Care
The Coalition to Transform Advanced Illness Care (C-TAC) – Dedicated to comprehensive, high quality, person and family-centered care.
Education in Palliative and End-of-lifeCare – resources for professionals as well as curriculum for caregivers
End of Life Washington- formerly Compassionate Choices – resource for exploring various end of life options including death with dignity
Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest – Initiative of the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and the Washington State Medical Assciation (WSMA)
Hospicenet – A general information resource on hospice
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization – Leading and mobilizing social change for improved care at the end-of-life.
Washington Hospice and Palliative Care Organization promoting quality compassionate end-of-life care
Washington State Medical Association understanding Advance Directives
Washington State Medical Association identifying choices for treatment at end of life
American Bar Association – National association of American lawyers, often provides free legal guidance for people dealing with serious illness
National Association of Elder Law Attorneys – Improving legal services to people as they age and people with special needs.
US Living Will Registry– electronic storage for advanced directives
Washington Law Help – Northwest Justice Project offers free legal services for low income individuals