Washington Home Care Agency Closing Due to Lack of Funds

A Washington state home care agency is closing its doors at the end of November, citing budgetary issues, reports The Bellingham Herald.

Visiting Nurse Home Care is a not-for-profit agency that provides in-home care in the Whatcom, Skagit, and Island county regions of Washington. 

“The state has not kept up with administrative costs and we couldn’t afford to keep running the programs,” Barry Meyers, board president for Visiting Nurse Home Care, says in the article. “We were serving the poorest of the poor and there’s just not enough money in those programs to cover our overhead, to provide the administration of the program.”

The agency has served seniors and other home-bound people needing assistance for more than 30 years and will be laying off around 150 employees.

The Northwest Regional Council, which also services at the Area Agency on Aging, is working with Visiting Nurse Home Care’s clients whose care is funded through state programs to ensure services will continue through other state-contracted home care agencies, reports the Herald.

A majority of the Visiting Nurse organization’s caregivers have been provisionally offered jobs by Catholic Community Services, according to the article, along with about half of its administrative staff. 

Read more at The Bellingham Herald.

Written by Alyssa Gerace

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