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Frequently Asked Questions

What is home care?
How do I refer a patient to home care?
Who provides home care?
When is home care appropriate?
Where is home care provided?
Who pays for home care?
Why does someone seek home care rather than other types of care?
What if a person does not have insurance or cannot afford to pay for home care?

What is home care?

Home care is a health care option offering a broad range of medical care and support services provided in the home. Services range from simple assistance in the activities of daily living to high-tech medical procedures. Home care is a cost-effective alternative to hospital and nursing home stays.

Many elderly, disabled adults, and children with special needs are able to receive health care at home. Providence Home Care provides a full range of health and supportive services that span the full cycle of life, from prenatal care through hospice and bereavement counseling.

Providence Home Care provides skilled health care and supportive services, utilizing nurses, therapists (physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, respiratory therapists), medical social workers, home health aides, and often other services, such as nutrition counseling, pharmacy and volunteer support.

How do I refer a patient to home care?

Referrals to Providence Hospice and Home Care come from a variety of sources. Typically, these include the person who needs care, a family member, family physician, hospital personnel, friend, or clergy.

In order to qualify, the services must be intermittent, provide a skilled need, and in most cases the patient must be homebound. Providence Hospice and Home Care does not provide private-duty or hourly services. All services must be ordered by a physician.

Call us at (425) 261-4801 and we will process your referral. We look forward to serving your needs.

Who provides home health care?

Providence Home Care services are delivered under the guidance of an interdisciplinary team, consisting of:

  • The patient’s physician
  • Medical Directors, available for consultation
  • Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Home Health Aides
  • Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapists
  • Medical Social Workers
  • Chaplains
  • Our medical professionals focus on maximizing the quality of each patient’s care.

When is home health care appropriate?

People with a new diagnosis or illness, coping with a chronic problem, or recovering from surgery or hospitalization, Providence Home Care will provide the specialized services you need.

Where is home health care provided?

In most cases, home health care is provided in the home so patients can recover in a familiar setting surrounded by their loved ones.

Who pays for home health care?

Medicare is the biggest payer source for home health care in Washington and, also, nationally. Medicaid, private health insurers, health maintenance organizations, and the Veterans’ Administration also cover home health care services. Home health care services can also be purchased privately. Providence Home Care will help you determine which payer you may qualify for.

You must be homebound in order for Medicare to pay for your home care services. Medicaid pays for home health services for enrolled individuals who meet income eligibility criteria and who are in need of skilled services which are medically necessary. In some cases, Medicaid will also cover non-skilled home health services for individuals with functional limitations, who would otherwise require care in a skilled nursing facility.

Private insurance plans and health maintenance organizations may also pay for home health care services that are ordered by the patient's physician. Copayments or other qualifying restrictions may apply.

Providence Home Care is able to help you determine your eligibility for any of these or other programs.

Why does someone seek home health care rather than other types of care?

Providence Home Care’s services enhance the individual's quality of life and maintain the person's independence by allowing the client to remain in the comfort of their own home.

What if a person does not have insurance or cannot afford to pay for home health care?

Thanks to the generous donations we receive, Providence Home Care is able to provide care to people regardless of their ability to pay. Qualification is determined after completing the request for reduced fee services.