What Benefits Does WA State Offer For Seniors?

Written By: Irene Lefever
Reviewed By: William Rivers
Published: October 12, 2021
Last updated: April 6, 2023

As you grow older, it may give you comfort knowing that there are all kinds of discounts and benefits specifically geared towards the senior age group. The state of Washington (WA), in particular, is very senior-friendly, with its own programs for older adults other than the usual Medicare. 

Benefits and programs for seniors in WA include tailored support, volunteer services, and financial assistance. Here are some popular ones:

Washington Tailored Support for Older Adults (TSOA)

Washington’s TSOA is ideal for seniors who are more likely to need Medicaid’s benefits for their long-term care. It extends support for meal deliveries, senior-friendly home modifications, unpaid caregivers, adult and respite care, and more.

Volunteer Chore Services Program (VCS) 

The VCS Program offers seniors a number of free services ranging from personal care to meal prep; companionship, transportation, and even housekeeping. It is a reasonable alternative to nursing homes and similar services.

Long-Term Care Trust Act

Washington’s Legislature passed a law — supposedly the first nationwide — that offers long-term care benefits for seniors is called the Long-Term Care Trust Act. If you qualify, you can claim $100 in benefits every day, for a maximum of 365 days. You will be able to stretch this out if you spend less than the daily amount.

If you are a senior living in WA, you can find some relief in knowing that you have these benefits. Contact Senior Strong today if you want to learn more about senior benefits!

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Irene Lefever is a senior advisor whose role is to make sure that senior citizens’ physical, mental, psychological, and emotional needs are catered to. Lefever got her degree in Multimedia Arts at the University of California, Riverside.
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