Seminar covers long-term care before it’s needed

Long-term care is commonly associated with age. But increasingly, younger adults find themselves in need of services following accidents, unexpected illnesses, or chronic conditions. One-third of residents in long-term care facilities are younger than 65 years, and many more receive care services in their own homes.
That’s the backdrop for “Options for the Future: Living Choices for Older Adults and People with Disabilities,” a free seminar twice in January about the wide variety of services and resources in Pierce County. A panel of local experts will address in-home care, adult day programs, geriatric care management, elder law, adult family homes, assisted living, skilled-nursing homes, memory care, Medicare, Medicaid, and community resources.
The seminar, an information-only presentation sponsored by Pierce County Human Services Aging and Disability Resources, requires advance registration. The schedule:
• Jan. 9, 10–11:30 a.m. Register at
• Jan. 13, 6:30- 8 p.m. Register at:
Long-term care services include medical and non-medical care for people with a chronic illness or disability. Most assistance is with daily needs such as dressing, bathing, and using the bathroom.
Because of accidents, sudden illness or a long-term condition, “families and individuals often encounter the need for some form of long-term care. There are many options, and those options can seem confusing, especially when families have to make choices in a crisis. Knowing about community resources in advance and how to tap into them – and pay for them – is crucial,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources, a county program.
More information about the seminar is available at 253-798-4600.