Home care agencies provide the following non-medical services:
- Personal care such as assistance with dressing, feeding and personal hygiene to facilitate self-care;
- Homemaking such as assistance with household tasks, housekeeping, shopping, meal planning and preparation, and transportation;
- Respite care such as assistance and support provided to the family; and
- Other non-medical services.
The Department of Health licenses home care agencies to assure care is provided within health and safety standards established by statute and rule. The department enforces the standards by periodically conducting on-site surveys of these agencies.
Some home care agencies provide services to individuals eligible for Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) assistance. These agencies may be surveyed by DSHS or an Area Agency on Aging using standards equivalent to the department for evaluating the care and services provided.