Services: Home Health Care

There’s nothing like the comfort of your own home when you’re sick, disabled or recovering from a stay in the hospital.

"We are living in an era of home delivery," says Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). "Home care services can provide just about anything you can think of."

And that’s part of what makes Home Health Care so appealing. These days, home health care brings a variety of health and social services right to your door.

Home Health Care services include:

  • Physical, speech and occupational therapy.
  • Pain management.
  • Medication management.
  • Wound care.
  • Infusion services.
  • Diabetes care.
  • Assistance with cooking and other household duties and with personal needs, such as bathing.
  • End of life care/comfort care.

Home Health Care dispatches nurses, physical speech and occupational therapists, social workers, and home health aides to provide skilled care in the home.

Because Home Health Care provides a broad range of services, it benefits many people in a variety of situations, including adults with disabilities, people recovering from illness or injury, and those who are chronically or terminally ill.

Choosing a provider

The first step in finding a Home Health Care provider is to determine the services you need. Next, ask your doctor to order services for you. Finally, call or fax us and we can help you through the process. To request Home Health Care services, please call 503-338-6230 for more information or to make a referral.

How to qualify for Home Health services

  1. You must live in our geographical service district. This includes the towns of Astoria, Gearhart, Knappa, Warrenton, Hammond, Westport and Seaside, south to the junction of Routes 101 and 26.
  2. You must have the need for skilled services that require the care of a registered nurse, physical therapist, speech therapist or occupational therapist.
  3. Personal hygiene, bathing, simple meal preparation or light laundry services may be provided by a Home Health aide, but only if skilled services are being provided and insurance authorizes payment.
  4. Your physician must order the services.
  5. You must be homebound. That is, your condition restricts activities so that you are not routinely able to leave your home except for medical purposes or outings that are infrequent and of short duration, and you require the assistance of people or devices to leave the home. Additionally, these activities must be taxing and difficult for you.
  6. You may not operate a motor vehicle.

It is important that your provider know what medications you are taking. Please click here and download a copy of our Medication Information Form. Fill it out and bring a copy with you when visiting any health care provider. It is a good idea to make copies of the completed form and carry one with you at all times.

What patients have said about our services

  • "The Home Health Care nurses were very good and knew just what had to be done. They explained every step to me."
  • "Your entire staff was professional, helpful, supportive, sensitive, responsive, nurturing, effective and just plain wonderful."
  • "The nurse has been very helpful with coordinating my care, and the aide gives a great bath!"

Our team includes

  • Jeanette Schacher, DPT, Home Health and Hospice manager.
  • Kevin Baxter, DO, medical director.


Home Health is at the Home Health and Hospice office at:

2158 Exchange St.

Astoria, OR 97103


Our mailing address is:

Columbia Memorial Hopsital

Home Health

2111 Exchange St.

Astoria, OR 97103


Phone: 503-338-6230

Fax: 503-338-6240

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