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The 10 Best Home Care Agencies for Seniors in Walla Walla County, WA for 2024

Last Updated: June 5, 2024 - Caring.com offers a free service to help families find senior care and authentic reviews to help you in your decision. On average in Walla Walla County, WA, residents and their loved ones rate In Home Care agencies 1 out of 5 stars across the 14 options below.

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Paying for Home Care in Walla Walla, WA

The Cost of Home Care in Walla Walla, WA

As of 2021, the cost of home care in Walla Walla County is $6,483 per month, according to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey. The state average is $64 more, and the national average is $1,526 less. Mount Vernon has one of the highest costs of home care in the Walla Walla area at $7,245 per month. Bremerton and Seattle have slightly higher-than-average home care costs of $6,673 and $6,769 per month, respectively.

Walla Walla County

$6,483

Washington

$6,547

United States

$4,957

Mount Vernon

$7,245

Bremerton

$6,673

Seattle

$6,769

The Cost of Home Care vs. Other Senior Care Options in Walla Walla, WA

Walla Walla seniors have several care options to choose from. Home care for nonmedical personal care costs an average of $5,802 per month. Home health care costs the same even though it includes skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Adult day health care is not available in Walla Walla. Assisted living facilities provide services similar to in-home care and have a much lower rate of $3,800 per month. Nursing home care is the most expensive option with a monthly average of $9,764 for a semiprivate room.

Home Care

$6,483

Home Health Care

$6,483

Assisted Living

$4,600

Nursing Home Care (semiprivate room)

$9,277

Note: Data for Walla Walla County was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Bellingham, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Home Care in Walla Walla County, WA

Given the high cost of in-home care, many people use one or more forms of financial assistance to cover the expenses. Below, we explain some of the most common sources of financial help for paying for in-home care. If none of these options are available to you, you can reach out to your Area Agency on Aging or Aging and Disability Resource Center to learn about local resources.

  • Long-Term Care Insurance: Long-term care insurance covers expenses related to senior care, including in-home care. Depending on the policy type, beneficiaries may receive a cash payment to use towards long-term care or reimbursement for qualifying long-term care expenses. Note that there are limitations- typically a maximum benefit of $150 per day- and exact coverage terms vary depending on the exact policy, so always check the details.
  • Medicare: Medicare does not cover in-home care because it is classified as custodial, or non-medical, care. However, some Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans, which offer expanded benefits, may cover in-home custodial care.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid coverage of in-home care varies between different states because it is not a federally mandated benefit. Currently, all states cover some in-home care either through their standard Medicaid or a waiver program. The specific coverage rules are set individually by each state.
  • Veterans’ Benefits: The Aid and Attendance benefit is a monthly cash payment that beneficiaries can use to pay for senior care, including in-home care services. To qualify for A&A, Veterans must already receive the VA pension and meet several additional requirements, including needing assistance with the activities of daily living. Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs to learn more.
  • Reverse Mortgages: Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) are federally insured loans that are available to homeowners age 62 and over. Reverse mortgages allow you to access a portion of your home’s equity in cash, tax free. Many seniors use reverse mortgages to finance their care expenses, including in-home care. Note that although there are no monthly payments due on reverse mortgage loans, borrowers do have to repay the loan once the last surviving homeowner passes away, moves, or sells the home.

Free & Low-Cost Home Care Resources in Walla Walla, WA

Walla Walla seniors have access to a variety of resources that provide free and low-cost programs to help them age in place and live more comfortably. Some resources provide financial assistance, home repairs and weatherization and help with paying utility bills. Other resources help with health and wellness, case management, affordable housing, meal deliveries, case management, long-term care and many other services. 

ResourceContactService
Southeast Washington Aging and Long Term Care (ALTC)(509) 529-6470ALTC advocates to support and identify the needs of older adults, adults with disabilities and people who need long-term care. The agency then administers and provides services to meet those needs. Programs and services include information and referral, case management, caregiver support, benefits assistance, health and wellness, nutrition, transportation, senior foot care and free legal services.
Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)(509) 524-4960The DSHS helps seniors and blind or disabled adults find local services, information and resources to enhance their quality of life while aging in place. Services and programs are available through the Home and Community Services Division and include an assessment of eligibility, in-home care services, residential services, Adult Protective Services, social services, housing assistance and food, cash and medical services.
Meals on Wheels(509) 527-3775The Walla Walla Senior Center delivers hot, nutritious meals to seniors 60+ years old who are home-bound, their spouses and disabled dependents. No income requirements apply. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday and provide 1/3 of the daily nutritional requirements for seniors. Drive-thru pick-up is also available on a donation basis. People under 60 years of age can purchase a meal for $7.
SonBridge Center for Better Living(509) 529-3100SonBridge provides the underserved with information, resources and services to those seeking free and low-cost assistance with health and medical services, mental health services, assisted living options, senior services, senior housing, social services, counseling, emergency assistance, immigration services, senior centers, hospice care and veterans' services.
Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC)(509) 529-4980The BMAC is a nonprofit organization that provides eligible individuals access to community benefits to help them gain stability and self-sufficiency. Programs and services include food bank assistance, affordable housing, homeless services, adult literacy, energy assistance, home repair and weatherization, neighborhood outreach, ombudsman, pro bono law referral and supportive services for veteran families.

Determining Your Loved One’s Need for In-Home Care

Aging can be a difficult process, and loved ones may not always ask for help – often times it’s up to their family to evaluate their need for help around the house. While no two situations are exactly alike, this checklist can help you and your loved ones determine when it’s time to start the search for a home care provider.

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Checklist for determining the need for home care
Checklist for determining the need for home care

Guidelines for Talking About In-Home Care

If you’ve determined that your loved one needs the assistance of a care provider in their home, it may be time for a difficult conversation. Handled correctly, however, this process can bring a family together and ensure that everyone’s concerns are addressed. Use this PDF as a starting point to help the conversation stay as positive and productive as possible.

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Talking with Family and Others about a loved one's needs
Talking with Family and Others about a loved one's needs

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