The Association of Jewish Aging Services has a proud history going back to 1960. In Seattle, Kline Galland’s established reputation and tradition precedes AJAS by over a half century.
While Dr. Herbert Shore was the driving force behind AJAS, Kline Galland’s visionary was Caroline Kline Galland herself. Born in Bavaria in 1841, Caroline devoted much of her passion, energy and considerable wealth to serving the poor of Seattle.
Upon her passing, Caroline Kline Galland gifted the community with an endowment of $1.4 million to build a home for aged Jewish men and women, to be constructed and managed to bring the greatest degree of contentment and happiness to residents during their aging process.
The wheels of progress were set in motion. Property in Seattle’s Seward Park was purchased in 1914. The Caroline Kline Galland Home opened shortly thereafter, welcoming its first seven residents, the maximum capacity. Almost immediately, there was a long waiting list for people eager to join the Kline Galland Home community.
Through the years, Kline Galland has built on Caroline’s original dream by evolving services, along a continuum of care — and caring. A century ago, Jewish hospice care didn’t exist. Palliative care, in-home health and home care were senior care concepts of the future. Suffice to say, the future is now at Kline Galland, where over 15,000 residents, patients and family members from throughout the Northwest are served each year. From skilled nursing care and rehab/TCU at Kline Galland Home, to memory support, the adult day center, independent and supported living at The Summit, to the wide variety of Community Based Services called out above; Kline Galland has become the region’s Single-Source Senior Care Resource with over 60 community partners referring patients on a regular basis.
CEO Jeff Cohen explains, “The model for ‘modern day’ nursing homes predates AJAS. That was a lifetime ago. We take pride in anticipating, adjusting and enhancing services. By doing so, we are now serving significantly more in our Jewish community in more ways with more services than ever before. I can only imagine how proud Caroline Kline Galland would be at how we have continued to build upon her dream…brick by brick, service by service, generation to generation.”
Kline Galland annual revenue exceeds $48 million and over 700 employees, each committed to fulfilling the mission of: “A living commitment, inspired by Jewish values, to provide exceptional senior care by exceptional people…every day, in every way, for every one.”
“The best part of moving to Seattle was finding Kline Galland Home. The staff is very caring and my family is close by – it makes life very good.
Pearl Simon, 93 year old resident Kline Galland Home
“Kline Galland Hospice came in and took over Mom’s care. I was able to relax and breathe knowing they were taking care of her better than I could.”
Jeanie Alhadeff (left) with her beloved Mother, Rose
“When I got to Kline Galland rehab, I had to learn to do everything again. The staff worked with me for weeks. Kline Galland gave me my life back.”
Todd Erickson, 27 year old motorcycle accident survivor
For more information, visit www.klinegalland.org