Senior Guardianship Assistance Program
As our population ages, some seniors are increasingly at risk because they are no longer capable of managing their own finances or making their own decisions.
For many of our community’s seniors, the ability to manage their money is the difference between being moved to a nursing home and remaining safely in their own home. Unpaid bills, overdrafts, and late fees that eventually result in eviction and shut-off notices cause undue stress for vulnerable seniors who are otherwise independent.
Impact NW’s staff and volunteers process unopened mail, call creditors, make payment arrangements, and negotiate with landlords. We see the success of our work in the relieved faces of the people who are able to remain in their homes without the constant threat of financial insolvency.
Since 2004, Impact NW’s Senior Guardianship Assistance Program (“Senior GAP”) has provided money management, representative payee, guardianship and conservatorship services for otherwise self-sufficient seniors. Our trained staff members help clients pay household bills, balance their checkbooks, create payment schedules, and make financial decisions about health care, food, and living arrangements.
Impact NW’s Senior Services Programs support the health and independence of vulnerable seniors, helping them remain in their own homes, surrounded by the communities with which they are familiar.
Annually, Senior GAP ensures the independence of nearly 150 vulnerable clients while protecting them from financial abuse, neglect or eviction.