Mary Carter had been in and out of various nursing care facilities for the last few years. It started in 2017, when her health began to decline and she could no longer care for herself at home.

Her family initially moved her from her home in Eastern Washington to an assisted living facility in Issaquah. But it didn’t work out. The facility cost too much and Mary needed additional daily medical care for a serious kidney ailment, plus daily physical therapy to help with mobility. Mary, 82, also fell, prompting her daughter Rhonda McKim to find her 24-hour care at Providence Marianwood. It was a perfect fit for many reasons.

“The staff at Marianwood is very encouraging with my mom. The activities are great,” says Rhonda, who is so happy she found a wonderful place for her mother to live. “They do a great job keeping residents engaged and feeling successful with fun educational projects.”

Like many seniors who have run out of money, Mary qualifies for Medicaid. But that government program doesn’t cover the full cost of nursing home care, leaving the actual cost of Mary’s daily care to be covered by Providence Marianwood’s uncompensated care fund. As a non-profit, Providence Marianwood relies on generous donors to contribute to that fund so that no one is turned away because of lack of financial resources.

“This is a hidden population,” Rhonda said of those, like her mother, who she sees in nursing homes. “They disappear from society.” Luckily for Mary, that’s not the case. She will continue to receive loving, high-quality care at Providence Marianwood for the rest of her life.”

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