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Cost of Washington Home Care

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average hourly home care rate in Washington is $23.64.

The monthly base rate for Washington home care is typically higher when compared to neighboring states. Washington is also more expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for home maker services in Washington. The rate for home health care services is typically higher. In Washington, the average hourly rate is $24.00. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

Idaho$19
U.S.$20
Oregon$22
Washington$24
Alaska$26

Percentage of Home Care Agencies that Accept Medicare

It is difficult to determine exactly what percentage of home health care agencies in Washington accept Medicare because there is no complete list of home health care agencies. According to our data, approximately 15% of Washington home care agencies are certified by Medicare. We have found 305 Washington certified Medicare home health care agencies and anoother 62 Washington home care companies. Realize that while Medicare provides a great deal of data about certain agencies, those agencies are also likely to be the type with trained nursing staff and therapists. If that isn't the type of care you or your loved one needs, be sure to examine all home care agencies in your area. Learn more about home care and Medicare

Washington Home Care Services

Of the home care agencies in Washington that were surveyed by Medicare, the percentage of agencies that provide common services is listed below.

Nursing Care Services: 100.0%

Physical Therapy Services: 98.4%

Speech Pathology Services: 96.8%

Occupational Therapy Services: 96.8%

Home Health Aid Services: 96.8%

Medical Social Services: 96.8%

Researching Home Care in Washington? Ask these questions:

  • Is the home care agency licensed in Washington?
    Does Washington license home care agencies, and if so, does the agency have a good-standing license?
  • What type of services does the home care company provide?
    Does the agency provide supportive care services such as housekeeping and bathing/dressing? Does the agency provide home health services provided by an adequately trained health care aide, therapist or nurse?
  • What funds will pay for the services provided by the Washington home care agency?
    Was the home care prescribed by a doctor? Will Medicare or other health insurance cover the visits or are you requesting home care that is private duty and therefore you will be responsible for the cost?
  • What staff will be providing your home care service?
    Does the staff meet your needs and the requirements, if any, of Washington? Depending on your needs, staff could include therapists, nurses, social workers, aides or home attendants.
  • How long has the home care worker been employed? Has the caregiver been evaluated recently?
    Ensure the staff has met the Washington requirements for the tasks and has been property trained and vetted by the agency.
  • Will you have the same staff member for every future visit?
    Ask if the same caregiver or staff member will return on future visits.
  • Does Medicaid cover home care services in Washington?
    If you cannot afford the service, does the agency accept Washington Medicaid waivers?

Important Helpful Contacts for Washington Home Health Consumers and Washington Senior Citizens

Do you have a complaint against a Washington home health care agency? If you or a loved one have a complaint about the service provided by a home health care agency in Washington, report it to:
Complaint Resolution Unit of Washington
adsa.dshs.wa.gov
Local TDD: (360) 493-2637
Tollfree: (800) 562-6078
Does your Medicare or Medigap cover Washington home health? Do you have a general question about your Medicare or Medigap policy? Then contact:
Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA)
insurance.wa.gov
Local TDD: (360) 586-0241
Tollfree: (800) 562-6900
Do you know all of the Washington health-based programs and services that are available to you? Find out by contacting the Washington Health Department at the following:
Washington State Department of Health
doh.wa.gov
Local: (360) 236-4501
Local Notes: TTY Phone: 711
Tollfree: (800) 525-0127
Tollfree TDD: (800) 525-0127 ext. 711
Are you on Washington resident seeking home care or having trouble paying your medical bills? Contact the Washington medical assistance office at:
Health Care Authority (formerly - Department of Social and Health Services of Washington)
hca.wa.gov
Tollfree: (800) 562-3022
Tollfree Notes: TTY now using 711 Washington Relay
Are you familiar with the assistance Washington Area Agencies on the Aging can provide to you?

Your Washington Area Agencies on the Aging are a GREAT Resource. The AAA offices provide different assistance to Washington residents 60+ years of age. Washington Area Agencies on the Aging offer guidance on caregiver support, nutrition, ombudsmen help, assistance programs and referrals, insurance counseling and even transportation.

Find your local Washington AAA below:

Olympic Area Agency on Aging
Port Hadlock, WA
(360) 379-5064
Northwest Washington Area Agency on Aging
Bellingham, WA
(360) 676-6749
Snohomish County Long Term Care and Aging Division
Everett, WA
(425) 388-7200
Aging and Disability Services (ADS), Seattle/King County
Seattle, WA
(206) 233-5121
Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources
Tacoma, WA
(253) 798-4500
Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging
Olympia, WA
(360) 664-2168
Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington
Vancouver, WA
(360) 735-5720
Aging and Adult Care of Central Washington
East Wenatchee, WA
(509) 886-0700
Southeast Washington Aging & Long-Term Care
Yakima, WA
(509) 965-0105
Yakama Nation Area Agency on Aging
Toppenish, WA
(509) 865-7164
Aging & Long-Term Care of Eastern Washington
Spokane, WA
(509) 458-2509
Colville Indian Area Agency on Aging
Nespelem, WA
(509) 634-2758
Kitsap County Division of Aging and Long-Term Care
Port Orchard, WA
(360) 337-5700

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