Impact NW supports the health, well-being and independence of seniors & adults with disabilities by providing information and supportive services that help them remain in their homes, and activities to improve their quality of life
Information & Assistance
Trained staff and volunteers help clients access services, answer questions about health insurance and Medicare, provide free tax counseling and preparation, and consult with clients about legal issues regarding elder law, wills, and guardianship.
Program advocates provide consultation, assessment and advocacy to help individuals and families identify and address service needs. Our In-Home, Respite and Adult Day Care Services Program provides home care, personal care and grocery delivery services to help our clients continue living safely and independently in their own homes. In-home respite and adult day care services may be arranged to give temporary relief for the caregivers of those unable to care for themselves.
Our Family Caregiver Support Program provides trainings, support groups, respite and supplemental assistance to unpaid caregivers of seniors and grandparents who are guardians to minor-age children.
Our STAR-C Alzheimer’s Caregiver Consultant Training is an evidence-based, intensive twelve-week program to support caregivers who are providing care to individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s. The consultant provides one-on-one training/consultation to caregivers by identifying resistant behaviors of the person in care and assisting the caregiver in altering the care plan to change the outcomes.
Inability to successfully manage medication regimens has been identified as a contributing factor to the decline of seniors’ health. The goal of our Medication Management Program is to support the independence for seniors through medication management assessment, analysis and intervention.
Nursing students meet with clients one on one to assess their needs and develop care plans to assist them with their medication regimens. The student nurses also present educational seminars on medication management for low-income seniors at community centers and housing sites throughout the city.
Activities & Health Promotion
Every week, hundreds of seniors and adults with disabilities come to the SE Multicultural Center to take part in organized activities such as bingo, crafts, exercise and wellness classes, and for healthy meals provided by partner agencies. We host a variety of educational workshops, including a finance class, and cultural celebrations, such as Mardi Gras and Cinco de Mayo. Health care professionals provide health screenings, immunizations, medication management, wellness education programs and foot care clinics. Evidence-based exercise classes such as Tai Chi are also offered.
These activities provide seniors with social opportunities that reduce feelings of isolation and depression, while also providing an opportunity for them to become aware of other services provided by Impact NW.
Club Impact is a social club for young adults with disabilities. Club Impact meets every Monday night from 6-8pm at the SE Multi-Cultural Center located at 4610 SE Belmont Street in Portland. Participants are welcome to drop by as often as they wish for all or part of a session. For more information about Club Impact contact Ralph Gilliam at (503) 453-6412.
Community volunteers participate in Impact NW’s Friendly Visitors program, which provides companionship and support for an isolated elderly person or an adult with disabilities. Volunteers visit once a week, phone regularly, encourage recreation or involvement outside the home, and assist with shopping for groceries and other personal needs.
Through the SE District Senior Advisory Council and partner agencies such as Elders in Action, clients participate in on-site advocacy activities, such as letter writing and forums, and public hearings regarding senior services.
Congregate Housing Services Program
Impact NW’s Congregate Housing Services Program (CHSP) provides services to seniors and adults with disabilities living in one of several affordable housing complexes, including Dahlke Manor, Grace Peck Terrace, Rosenbaum Plaza, and Unthank Plaza.
Impact NW case managers assess each client’s needs, and provide consultation, advocacy and service coordination. If needed, in-home services are provided, such as housekeeping or helping a client with their personal care.
Dinner is prepared and served every evening and lunch on Saturdays in the dining room of each CHSP location.