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Full Life’s Focus on Strengths

Success in caring for vulnerable adults lies in the passion of our mission, the excellence of our staff, commitment of our volunteers, and overall operational and financial stability and growth. This half of 2019 is a time of transition for Full Life Care.

We recently concluded an agency-wide assessment that focused on strengths, and are framing the vision for Full Life’s future. The first steps are stabilizing Full Life financially and operationally, which require some restructuring and, most difficult, some closures.

Core Competencies

Full Life will invest at the core to build on our strengths. Rather than operating as a collection of independent programs, Full Life will centralize our client intake to provide more holistic experiences for clients and families. We also will develop specific measures to track program outcomes.

These operational shifts require a restructure of our data management systems and administrative functions before the start of 2020. These changes require an investment in outreach to increase visibility in the community, and an investment in philanthropy to secure more funding. Our goal, now and in the future, is better-integrated programs with strong central supports, trackable outcomes, and sustaining revenue.

A new Housing Stabilization Services program will consolidate three programs into one. The previous programs—Community Transitions, Foundational Community Supports, and Seattle Housing Authority Outreach and Wellness—each serves an overlapping population of adults who are living with health conditions and are homeless or at risk of losing their housing. The goals are the same: to help individuals find and maintain stable housing so they can live a full life.

Difficult Decisions

The most difficult next steps are program closures. Full Life Care is closing our North Seattle Adult Day Health program and private-pay Care Management and Consultation program. We are also closing the Solstice Behavioral Health outpatient clinic, while continuing behavioral health support as part of housing stabilization services.

We are sad to see these programs go, yet proud to have helped hundreds of people through these programs for many years. We are deeply proud and grateful for program managers and staff who are working with every client and their caregivers to make sure they are connected to comparable services in the community and aiding every staff member to transition within Full Life Care or to community partners. We appreciate our volunteers and donors who have touched lives by helping support program participants.

A Resilient Outlook

Full Life continues to serve thousands of older adults and adults with disabilities, regardless of their income. We move forward with more stability and promise throughout our three remaining Adult Day Health locations, Home Care program, Housing Stabilization Services, Health Home Care Coordination, and ElderFriends Volunteer Companionship.

As the community-based services arm of the Transforming Age network since 2017, we are partners in a movement to provide options for the growing population of aging adults. Many want to age in place and have limited resources; all caregivers need respite. It’s not easy. Full Life Care is committed to help now and far into the future, and that’s why we are strengthening at the core.

Since our founding nearly 40 years ago, the deepest strength of Full Life Care has always been the people—clients, families, employees, volunteers, donors, and advocates. Thank you for your part.

Please share your questions and feedback directly with Scott Slater, Acting Executive Director, by email or phone at 206.224-3741.

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