County budget includes nursing, aging-in-place for seniors

More than $18 million dedicated for senior-specific services is part of the 2019 budget for Pierce County government.

For Aging and Disability Resources, a program of the Human Services Department, $18.7 million is allocated, with the biggest portion being $11.5 million for case management and nursing services. That funding is tied to a department goal of helping seniors and disabled persons remain in their homes.

Aging and long-term care expenditures per county resident over the age of 60 have been relatively the same the past four years for social and health services, in-home services, and access, officials said.

The $1 billion overall capital and operating budget approved by the County Council makes “significant investments” in behavioral health, public safety and community programs, said Councilman Doug Richardson.