The Foss dental program began, in the early 1980s, as a clinical training site for University of Washington dental students who were interested in geriatric dentistry. In February 1991, Foss received a $39,000 grant from Washington Dental Service Foundation, for upgraded equipment and expansion. At this same time, the University of Washington donated chairs and dental lights. With the 1991 expansion and modernization, the square footage of the clinic space was expanded from 255 square feet to 612 square feet. In addition, all the supportive systems and equipment were either added or updated. This remodel allowed Foss to serve a greater number of residents, and offer more services. Through this training program, there was a desire to interest more dental students toward geriatric dentistry.
Today, the clinic has two dentists and dental assistant, 3 dental chairs – 2 with wheelchair lifts, full X-ray capability and the ability to provide all dental services:
Foss has designed a dental outreach program, serving non-Foss residents, that makes oral care less cost prohibitive.
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Leading – Edge Care & Services Award
In June, 2017 Foss won the Leading – Edge Care & Services award from LeadingAge Washington. Foss won for the dental clinic program. Some of the awards criteria is:
- Recognizes organizations for programs and services that are models of innovation and excellence and that contribute significantly to the quality of life of the individuals served.
- The program of care or service emphasizes quality of life for the individuals served or significantly improves the aging-services organization’s operations.