In August 2017, Northwest Adult Day Health celebrated two years in our gorgeous new facility on Aaron Drive in Lynden.
New program members might not be aware that for many years, the only adult day health services in Whatcom County were offered by PeaceHealth in Bellingham. When that program was phased out at the end of 2014, Christian Health Care Center took over the operation in Bellingham. The program eventually moved to Lynden in August 2015, opening as Northwest Adult Day Health and Wellness Center.
With that in mind, now seemed like a great time to say thanks to a handful of the local organizations that have helped NWADH enjoy success in Lynden.
WTA and CTK
“Our partnership with Christ the King in Bellingham is still a very big deal,” says Mary Faber Wynstra, NWADH’s manager and activity coordinator. “Without their willingness to allow us to use their facility as a layover site, we would not be able to accommodate most Bellingham clients at NWADH.”
To minimize the impact of the move to Lynden on Bellingham members, NWADH worked with WTA to set up bus service from Bellingham to Lynden. Using paratransit buses, WTA picks up members from around the community and drops them off at CTK on Meridian, which is the designated layover site. A larger WTA bus then transports them all to NWADH’s Lynden campus.
“Without WTA and CTK, there just would not be a way to transport Bellingham clients to NWADH each day,” Wynstra says. “Most adult day health programs do not offer transportation to or from their programs. We knew transportation was going to be a barrier for many members so everyone worked hard to put a transportation plan in place.”
It’s not just Bellingham, she adds. NWADH has bus drivers who pick up and drop off members in Blaine, Everson and Lynden. From nearly everywhere in Whatcom County, NWADH members have a path to adult day health services.
Alzheimer Society of Washington
When adult day health moved to Lynden, one of their free monthly caregiver support group meetings moved there as well. Now, support groups for caregivers meet in both Bellingham and Lynden. Without the Alzheimer Society of Washington, those groups might not still be happening, Wynstra says. Not only does the Alzheimer Society help put on the support group meetings, but they also are an invaluable resource for caregivers in other ways. NWADH regularly refers caregivers to the Alzheimer Society for resources and support.
The Alzheimer Society of Washington also puts on an informational conference each fall for caregivers, loved ones and anyone interested in continuing education about aging.
Northwest Regional Council
Case managers at Northwest Regional Council partner with NWADH to deliver caregiver support, respite and client assistance for community members who are physically and/or cognitively limited; mutual members of the two organizations get adult day health and home care throughout the week.
Today, adult day health remains a vital service for elderly community members thanks to the support of great organizations throughout Whatcom County. We couldn’t do it without them!