The Human Services Department is seeking applications from agencies to provide day services for adults 60 and older with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia condition. Up to $337,585 of federal, state and local funding is available for this Request for Qualification (RFQ) for day services that assist older adults with memory loss to maintain independence through assistance such as personal care, health monitoring, skilled nursing, social services and activities, education, therapeutic activities, nutritious meals and snacks, transportation coordination, first aid, and emergency care.
“We are pleased to offer this funding that aligns with our commitment to help older adults age in place and experience stable health,” said Human Services Department Director Catherine Lester. “Through this process we seek to partner with a diverse group of providers to ensure older adults are receiving individualized services, that are also culturally competent, responsive, relevant, and accessible.”
Funding is available for Memory Care and Wellness Services – evidence-based programs that provide daytime services for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. These evidence-based programs require specific staffing ratios, training, exercise components, assessments, and care planning. In addition, family caregivers must be assessed through Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral (T-Care). Agencies are also able to apply for other evidence-informed specialized dementia adult day services. Currently, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, the third leading cause in Washington State, and the third leading cause of death in King County. The nature of this disease has significant impacts on increasing healthcare and long-term care costs, as well as impacts on the health and wellbeing of families and caregivers.
This RFQ also reflects HDS’s commitment to the Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI)—a citywide effort to end institutionalized racism and race-based inequities in Seattle. Principles within this investment require that agencies demonstrate the ability to institute culturally responsive services that create positive outcomes for recipients. Currently, African American older adults are twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in comparison to White older adults. Hispanic/Latino older adults are 1.5 times as like to have dementia.
Agencies interested in learning more about this funding opportunity are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions:
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Renton Library—100 Mill Ave South, Renton WA 98057
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Rainier Beach Library—9125 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98118
HSD intends to fund up to four proposals, for contracts beginning April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. Completed applications are due by noon on Friday, October 6, 2017. Agencies interested in applying can find all application materials on the Human Services website.