Our Mission

As a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, Kin On’s mission is to support the elderly and adults in the greater Seattle Asian community by offering a comprehensive range of health, social and educational services sensitive to their cultural, linguistic and dietary needs.

Our History: The Kin On Story

When the idea of a nursing home to care for non-English speaking Chinese elderly first surfaced in 1985, there were concerns about whether the community would embrace the concept much less support it. Within Asian cultures, it’s a strong tradition for families to care for their own. Yet, surveys taken at that time by The Chinese Nursing Home Society (CNHS), the community’s newly organized non-profit corporation, revealed an estimated 20-30 Chinese residents living in the Seattle area were already placed in nursing homes.
 
About the same time, a nursing facility was being vacated by the Japanese community as they began to build their new 150-bed facility. On June 28, 1986, a four-year lease was signed and the former Seattle Keiro building became the Kin On Nursing Home. Kin On became the first Chinese nursing home operated by the Chinese community in the nation. The unique program of care at Kin On would feature bilingual, professional staff, a predominantly Chinese diet, observing Chinese traditions of respect and dignity, all the while providing a warm and compassionate environment to meet the cultural and health care needs of each resident. Kin On Nursing Home accepted its first resident on July 23, 1987. 
 
During the nine years of operations, the Kin On Nursing Home met and exceeded its original goal of delivering high quality care. Kin On consistently passed every State survey requirement and was recognized in 1991 by the Washington State Nursing Home Advisory Council for having excellent survey records over the three-year period (1989-1991). In 1992 and 1993, Washington Association of Homes for the Aging gave Kin On their Exceptional Performance Award. In 1995, national recognition was achieved when the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging presented Kin On the Hobart Jackson Social Responsibility Award.
 
By January of 1990 the success of the Kin On program was apparent as the facility reached capacity with a rapidly growing waiting list. Through the extensive planning efforts of the Long Range Planning Committee, the Kin On Board responded to an urgent need of a new building and launched a $3 million capital campaign with the slogan “Building Our Own.” In September 1996, the new 100-bed Kin On Health Care Center was completed with much celebration in the Seattle Chinese Community. The facility was fully occupied within six months of its opening.
 
Kin On recognizes the need to offer elderly care in a holistic approach, taking care of adults and seniors along their aging continuum instead of just at the end of their lives. With the help of the GlaxoSmithKline 2000 SHARE Innovation Award, Kin On established the Community Care Network to offer in-home health and support services such as Home Care, Home Health, Family Caregiver Support, Chronic Care Management and Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support for seniors and their family members. Kin On recently launched Hospice Services in 2008 – being the first hospice program dedicated to serving terminally ill patients and their family members in the Asian community.  Kin On also created the Healthy Aging Program, which provides opportunities for Asian adults and seniors to stay physically, mentally and socially active.
 
The success of Kin On, however, was not accidental. From the start, Kin On solidly established its role in the community. The members of the Board of Directors, the many energetic and committed volunteers and the highly qualified professional staff of Kin On earned the continuous support of the community.

Today, Kin On continues to keep a pulse on the needs of the community, while providing excellent care and resources to the elderly community.

Milestones & Awards

2012

Kin On received the “Community Recognition Award” at the Seattle Chinese Post 30th Anniversary Celebration for its tremendous leadership and visionary ability to lead and serve the Seattle Community.

2011

Kin On Health Care Center received highest nursing home rating of 5-Stars from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services.

2010

Kin On was honored by the NW Asian Weekly Foundation as an Asian American Pioneer in Healthcare.

2009

Kin On established the first Hospice Program catering to serving the Asian population in partnership with Evergreen Hospice Services.

2006

Kin On Health Care Center received citation-free health inspection by Center of Medicare & Medicaid Services.

2005

Kin On receives the Community Service Award by the Asian Bar Association of Washington.

Kin On Health Care Center received citation-free health inspection by Center of Medicare & Medicaid Services.

2003

Kin On received the 2003 GlaxoSmithKline SHARE Award to launch the Chronic Care Management Program, a core program of the Community Care Network of Kin On.

Kin On Health Care Center received citation-free health inspection by Center of Medicare & Medicaid Services.

2000

Kin On received the 2000 GlaxoSmithKline SHARE Innovation Award, which provided the funding for the establishment of the Community Care Network of Kin On.

1997

The Chinese Nursing Home Society (CNHS) was renamed Kin On Community Health Care (KOCHC) to provide support for new off-site programs, such as Kin On Home Care, Alzheimer’s Support Center, and Kin On Alert (Emergency Response).

1996

The new $11 million, 100-bed Kin On Health Care Center (KOHCC) opened its doors on October 1st. The community raised $3.2 million towards the cost of a new building.

1995

Kin On receives the Hobart Jackson Social Responsibility Award from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and from Washington Association of Home for the Again (WAHA).

1992

The Exceptional Performance Award of the Washington Association of Homes for the Aging was given to Kin On Nursing Home.

Kin On was recognized as one of the Top Ten Contributors to Asian Community by Seattle Chinese Post and Northwest Asian Weekly.

1991

Washington State Nursing Home Advisory Council awarded the Certificate of Recognition to Kin On. Kin On also received deficiency-free surveys in 1993, 1995, 2003 and 2005.

1990

Kin On Nursing Home reached full capacity. CNHS Board of Directors approved plans to build a new 100-bed nursing home.

1987

With the help of the community, over $500,000 was raised to lease a building which housed the 63-bed nursing facility called the Kin On Nursing Home.

1985

The Chinese Nursing Home Society (CNHS) was formed to determine the needs of the Asian community and the actions that will be required.

Exceptional Performance Award in Job Safety (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004) by Washington Association of Homes for the Aging (WAHA) now Aging Services of WA.