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Elder and Vulnerable Adult Services

Vernetta Miller, Executive Director, Elder Wellness Center
Russ Hanscom, RN, MHA, Executive Director, Elder and Vulnerable Adult Services
3010 Duct Cho Road
Tacoma, WA 98404
(253) 680-5480 • (253) 680-5493 Fax


Mission Statement


The intent of the Elder and Vulnerable Adult Services Program is to provide Home Care services such as caregiver, chores, and companionship services to eligible PTOI Tribal member elders 55 and older or vulnerable adults 18 and older with documented disability. Must be approved by Executive Director or Designee as needing caregiving, chore service, companionship, or transportation services.

Eligibility Requirements


Caregiver or Chore Services:
Applicant must be (whichever is applicable):
• Enrolled member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians;
• Elder: 55 years of age or older whose ability to perform the normal activities for daily living or to provide for his or her own protection is impaired due to a physical disability or kidney dialysis; or
• Vulnerable Adult: 18 years of age or older whose ability to perform normal activities of daily living or to provide for his or her own protection is impaired due to mental illness, physical or developmental disability (must have functional or mental limitations).

Companionship Services:


Applicant must be (whichever is applicable):
• Enrolled member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians;
• Elder who is 55 years of age or older and has a need for supportive companionship; or
• Vulnerable adult 18 years or older who has a need for supportive companionship. Transportation Services:

Applicant must be:


• Enrolled member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians;
• Elder who is 55 years of age or older and has a need for transportation services; or
• Vulnerable adult 18 years or older who has a need for transportation services.

Services Provided


Caregiver Services (include but not limited to):
• Personal care: bathing, personal hygiene, dressing, grooming, toileting;
• Meal planning and preparation;
• Housekeeping: linen changing, laundry etc;
• Exercise;
• Transfers and positioning;
• Transportation;
• Medication assistance, and
• Welfare checks.
Chore Services (include but not limited to):
• Laundry and change linens;
• Light housekeeping: clean kitchen, wash dishes, take out garbage, sweep, mop, vacuum floors, clean bathrooms;
• Medical reminders and delivery;
• Meal planning and preparation;
• Shopping for food or other essential home items;
• Transportation (see full policy); and/or
• Mail retrieval and drop off.
Companionship Services (include but not limited to):
• Chores services as defined above and several hours after chore services are completed to:
– Complete additional unanticipated tasks; and/or
– Provide psychological and social support.

Applications, Policies and Procedures


Elder and Vulnerable Adult Services Program Application and Policies and Procedures can be obtained at the above address. Please Note: Policies are subject to change during the course of the year.

Hours of Operation
Elder Services:
Depending on needs, available 24/7
House of Respect:
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm