The Aging and Long Term Care Center has resources for people who need assistance

The Aging and Long Term Care Center has resources for people who need assistance »Play Video
May is Older American’s Month.
CLARKSTON, WA - May is Older American's Month and who better to talk to than the Asotin County Aging and Long Term Care Committee.

Reporter Carol Zinke sat down with them and you might be surprised what she learned.

68% of people who live in Asotin County are 60-years and older. Nursing homes are costing families thousands of dollars each month, Aging and Long Term Care aim to keep people in their homes for a lot less.

"The advantage to the programs is that they're keeping people out of nursing facilities which is a great cost savings to the state," said ALTC Case Manager, Susan Lawson.

13-year board member Gena Kurth said her object is to keep people in their own homes for as long as possible.... Especially when it comes to a good friend who's battling cancer.

"He's been in and out of nursing homes, but I've been managing to keep him safe in his own home, and that's important to me," said Kurth.

Karen Henson Rivers said what originally brought her to the organization was her husband. He had a stroke and Karen sought out help.

"I was able to keep him home for five years, without having to put him in a care center," said Rivers. "Without Aging and Long Term Care I would have never been able to do that.

The Aging and Long Term Care Center has a number of resources for people who need assistance, which includes anything from how to choose your medical coverage to finding inexpensive at-home care. The facility is on Fifth Street in Clarkston.