Resources to Enhance Patient Care

The Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of SW Washington (AAADSW) works in partnership with local service providers to deliver a comprehensive, easily accessible, and coordinated system of home and community-based services for older adults, family caregivers and adults living with a disability. We have partnered with the Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NW GWEC) at the University of Washington School of Medicine’s Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology to further this mission. The goal of our partnership is to improve healthcare outcomes for older patients and their family caregivers. The Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NW GWEC) is a Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) grant-funded program centered around increasing the clinical-community linkages for physicians and their teams to ultimately lead to better outcomes for their patients and family caregivers..

More information can be found on the NWGWEC website  or by contacting us!

Simple Referrals

Simple referrals connect patients and their families to services quickly and easily.  Email or fax completed Referral Forms to our agency and we will be in touch with your patient soon.

Geriatrics Education

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) provides medical professionals in rural areas the opportunity to connect to an interdisciplinary team of geriatrics experts via videoconference. Sessions are designed to help enhance a clinician’s ability to provide high quality care for older patients.

Geriatric Healthcare Lecture Series  are online lecture series led by nationally and regionally recognized geriatrics experts. Continuing Education credits are available.

Disease Self-Management Plans (Red Flags)

NW GWEC partners collaborated with healthcare providers to determine prevalent chronic conditions and developed patient education materials for those conditions.

Click here for Self-Management Plans.

Primary Care Liaison (PCL)

The PCL is available to connect healthcare workers to resources and programs offered to patients in our community. The PCL is available to come to your medical clinic and provide information on available services. The goal of the PCL is to build bridges between the community and primary care so that every older adult and family caregiver can find the support they need to live in their own home. The PCL role was one of 16 programs accepted for N4A’s Aging Innovation Award in 2018. Contact our PCL.

Meet AAADSW’s PCL, Breanne Swanson, MS

Breanne has been working for AAADSW since 2012. During this time she has worked in case management, teaching classes, leading a support group for caregivers, and building a  program to provide minor home modifications that promote aging in place. Breanne has a Master of Science in Experimental Psychology from Western Washington University. The focus of her graduate work was in gerontology; specifically, fear of falling and successful aging in older women. Breanne enjoys helping people find resources that improve their health, well-being, and quality of life.

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