At Providence Mother Joseph Care Center we are dedicated to our core values of compassion, justice, excellence, stewardship and respect for the dignity of individuals. We are a Catholic, not-for-profit facility serving people of all ages and faiths who require transitional or long-term skilled nursing care.
Our approach offers sensitive, holistic care attending to the physical, social and psychological needs of our residents while emphasizing respect for the cultural and spiritual diversity of those we serve.
Providence Mother Joseph Care Center is part of Providence Health & Services in Southwest Washington, which includes Providence St. Peter Hospital, Providence Centralia Hospital, Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice and Providence St. Francis House.
The staff of Providence Mother Joseph Care Center are caring individuals personally committed to providing a comforting home-like environment that supports and enhances the lives and well-being of our residents.
We welcome your visit or phone call as you begin planning for care after an illness or injury. Our Transitional Care Unit is designed for those patients coming directly out of a hospital who require skilled nursing care, end of life care, or rehabilitation to recover and recuperate.
We encourage all prospective residents and patients and their families to come for a tour. It's the best way to get to know us and see what we do. During a tour our staff will be happy to answer any questions that you may have, and will provide information regarding care, services and rates. Please call for an appointment 360-493-4900. Unscheduled visits for tours are welcome during regular business hours, but please allow extra time as there may be a wait.
If you are unable to come by for an in-person tour we invite you to take a virtual tour from the comfort of your computer or tablet.
If you prefer, please call for assistance in answering your important questions so that we can help you to better understand our services, evaluate your specific needs, and recommend an appropriate level of care. You can reach our Admissions office at 360-493-4908.
Payment for services may be arranged in the following ways:
- PMJCCmotherjosephstatuePrivate Pay (cash or check)
- Medicare (requires a three day Qualifying Hospital Stay)
- Long Term Care Insurance
- Contracted Private Health Insurance
For more information about Medicare/Medicaid, visit their website.
Our newly renovated building, thanks in part through charitable gifts to our foundation, has a reassuringly homelike feeling and offers ease of access and movement. Bay windows in resident rooms provide personal space for an assortment of keepsakes from home. Our two beautifully landscaped outdoor courtyards offer charming gazebos, picnic tables and raised gardening beds. We have a welcoming living room and cozy library that provide communal space for our residents to relax or visit with guests.
Leisure and recreational programs are designed by our Activities Department to improve functional abilities related to physical skills and personal knowledge goals. These programs also give our residents and staff a chance to be creative and provide a fun and cheerful atmosphere. Residents and patients enjoy weekly activities such as BINGO, baking, and arts and crafts. We offer regularly scheduled outings for shopping trips, dining out for lunch, going to the movies, or a day at the casino. We also have special seasonal outings like Seattle Mariners games, Music in the Park, ferry rides to Vashon Island, or Seniors Day at the Western Washington Fair. All patients, residents and family members are welcome and encouraged to participate.
- View our activities calendar for more information about monthly planned activities.
Spiritual Care Services are provided to serve residents, families and staff who desire spiritual support, counseling and religious programs and study. People of all faiths are welcome at Providence Mother Joseph Care Center. Regularly scheduled services including Roman Catholic Mass, are offered in our Chapel, which is open and accessible to our residents, staff and family members day and night.
- Take a virtual tour of the Chapel
- View our spiritual care calendar for more information about monthly planned activities.
Above all, Providence Mother Joseph Care Center respects each individual’s right to self-determination. We encourage participation in the “Plan of Care.” You will find the Resident’s Bill of Rights posted throughout our facility. A written copy is provided to all residents at the time of admission.
Providence Mother Joseph Care Center does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities.
Since 1995, donors have been making a tangible difference in the lives of Mother Joseph residents. Patient care services, health education and vital equipment purchases have all been made possible through gifts to the Providence St. Peter Foundation.
Specific areas of support include enhancing the experience of residents and their family members and also providing assistance for continuing education for the staff. Through the compassion and investment from donors, Providence Mother Joseph Care Center maintains an exceptional level of care from a staff deeply committed to the Mission of Providence.
Become a volunteer and enrich the lives of others as well as your own. Providence Mother Joseph Care Center has rewarding and fun opportunities for you. Our residents and staff value our volunteers who make a difference through assisting with group and intergenerational activities, making individual one to one visits with residents, and helping to care for our facility pets. Keeping active and engaged ensures a rich and rewarding quality of life for our residents and our volunteers help to make that happen.
- Play checkers, chess or cards with a resident.
- Visit with residents about past vocation or places where they have lived and traveled.
- Take a resident outside in one of our beautiful courtyards to enjoy the fresh air and gardens.
- Play the piano or organ at mealtime or for a special program.
- A class or scout troop that wants to get involved with an intergenerational program.
- A choir or dance group looking for experience and a chance to try out their talents.
- Stroll the hallways playing a musical instrument or singing.
- Share your skills with a demonstration.
- Share examples of your hobby or collection.
- Share travel slides/video or photos with a group.
- Share your talents of carpentry, crafts, scrapbooking, or other projects.
- Give instruction in our art class or coordinate a special art project.
- Ride-A-Long companionship for residents going to doctor appointments.
- Assist with outings to shopping, parks, fairs and other destinations.
- Read the newspaper or books aloud for groups or individuals.
- Lead a sports group/Monday night football /Mariner’s game with residents.
- Help with group activities such as BINGO or bowling.
- Fill bird feeders outside resident room windows.
- Assist residents with Computer skills (set up e-mail, teach them how to surf the internet).
- Assist with our resident Library.
- NODA Program (No One Dies Alone)
- Provide clerical assistance in one of our service departments.
… or create your own program based on your skills and interests to share with our residents.
Training will depend upon the volunteer activity. Some positions require that the volunteer have more in depth training prior to engaging in the activity, but most positions offer “on-the-job” training by a staff member.
Family members can call our 24/7 ministry alert line at 425-687-4035 to hear a recorded message with the most recent information on the status of COVID-19 at Providence Mother Joseph Care Center. In the event a resident or patient tests positive for COVID-19, we will notify their family members directly as soon as we get the results.
We closely monitor and follow all public health and CDC guidelines for testing residents/patients and caregivers and have implemented a plan for ongoing testing. If a resident/patient or caregiver experiences symptoms of illness, they will be tested immediately.
We remain closed to visitors but exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for people who are coming to visit someone at the end of life.
Thank you for entrusting us to care for your loved one. If you have specific questions about their care, please call 360-493-4900 and ask to speak with the supervisor.
COVID-19 testing overview
The safety and well-being of our residents/patients and caregivers is always our number one priority and we are committed to protecting everyone in our facility.
The virus can be unknowingly spread by people who don’t have any symptoms. Proactively testing everyone in our facility helps us identify asymptomatic cases and isolate those individuals to prevent spreading. On Thursday, May 7, we tested all of our residents/patients and caregivers even though there was no indication of the virus in our facility. All residents/patients tested negative.
The two caregivers who tested positive for COVID-19 are quarantined at home and will follow our return to work protocol in accordance with CDC and public health guidelines.
We have a plan in place to continue testing asymptomatic residents/patients and caregivers on a regular basis. And, we will immediately test anyone who shows symptoms and anyone who has a known exposure to COVID-19.
As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Only essential visitors are allowed in our facility. Essential individuals include:
- Our caregivers
- Outside medical professionals (i.e. paramedics, hospice caregivers)
- Adult protective services staff
- Licensing/Survey staff
- Long Term Care Ombudsman
- Friends or family members visiting during end-of-life stages
Visitors who answer ‘yes’ to any of the screening questions we implemented on March 10 or who are running a fever will be turned away. Exceptions will be made if the visitor is here to see or provide care for an individual at the end of life. Under those limited circumstances the visitor must:
- Use appropriate personal protection equipment (gown, gloves and mask), contingent on supply
- Limit their visit to the patient’s or resident’s room
- Limit surfaces touched
- Observe proper hand hygiene
The CDC’s new recommendations are based on the urgency of the situation facing our community. We encourage you to keep in touch with your loved one by phone or video chat such as FaceTime, Skype or Zoom calls. It’s important our patients and residents maintain social connections to friends and family during this difficult time. Don’t hesitate to reach out is you have questions about these new visitor restrictions or concerns that we haven’t already addressed.
March 11, 2020 update
We continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community and want to reiterate the safety of our patients, residents, their families and our caregivers remains our top priority.
On March 10, Gov. Jay Inslee and the State Department of Health each announced new requirements for skilled nursing facilities to help contain the virus and reduce the risk of spread. We immediately implemented these requirements, in addition to the ones we proactively put in place last week and our existing infection control protocols.
Please read the new visitor restrictions and additional monitoring measures we’ve put into place to keep our community safe.
- Unnecessary visits are strongly discouraged; in the event of an outbreak, no visitors will be allowed
- Patients/residents are allowed one visitor a day* and visit must take place in the individuals’ room (no visits allowed in patient/resident gathering areas)
- Visitors must be over the age of 18* and must show identification
- All must sign the visitor log and provide name, phone number, email address, name of person they are visiting, date, time in/out
- We will keep visitor logs for 30 days
- Visitors will continue to be screened for any current symptoms of illness or a fever, or if someone in their home is sick or has a fever
- Visitors will continue to be screened for known exposure to confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- Visitors will continue to be screened for recent travel, including visits to any local facilities associated with known cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- Visitors who answer ‘yes’ to any of the screening questions or who are running a fever will be turned away
- *Exceptions will be made in end-of-life situations
We’ve also stepped up the monitoring of our caregivers’ health and our patients’ and residents’ health, in accordance with the new guidelines issued on March 10 and the CDC’s recommendations.
- All caregivers are screened at the start and end of shift for any symptoms of illness or a fever
- If a caregiver is sick, they must immediately put on a face mask, leave the facility and quarantine themselves at home
- We will prioritize sick caregivers for COVID-19 testing
- We are keeping records of any other facilities where our caregivers may work
Patient and resident monitoring and restrictions
- Every patient and resident will be monitored daily for symptoms of respiratory infection or a fever
- If a patient or resident has a fever and shows symptoms of a respiratory infection, they will be isolated in their room and enhanced infection control droplet precautions will be implemented
- until COVID-19 is ruled out
- We will continue social distancing among patients and residents, this includes staying 6 feet away from others
- Large group events and activities are canceled, including religious services
- Patients and residents must perform hand hygiene and put on a mask (contingent on supply) when they leave their room
Our cleaning staff is vigilant about disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of germs. In addition to our routine cleaning procedures, we’re wiping down high touch areas such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, remote controls, wheelchairs and bathrooms several times throughout the day.
We will keep you updated as the situation changes and we encourage you to visit the CDC’s and the DOH’s websites for the latest developments on COVID-19 in our community.
Thank you for your patience, understanding and for following these new guidelines to help us protect those who rely on us for care.
The health and safety of our residents, patients and our caregivers is our top priority. Effective March 5, 2020, we are restricting unnecessary visits to Mother Joseph Care Center until further notice. In addition, we are screening every person who comes to our facility for potential COVID-19 exposure by asking a series of questions. We’re asking if people have any symptoms of illness, if they’ve been potentially exposed or had known contact with an individual under investigation for or confirmed with COVID-19 infection, and their recent travel history. We are taking every visitor’s temperature. Anyone who answers ‘yes’ to the questions or who is running a temperature won’t be allowed in.
In addition to following our infection control protocols and procedures, we are vigilant about disinfecting our facility daily. Special emphasis is placed on sanitizing high touch areas in patient/resident rooms, common areas and restrooms. We have also implemented ‘social distancing’ in our facility to minimize excessive person-to-person contact around activities such as special events that might involve large groups.
We are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and will implement further safety precautions as needed to protect our residents, patients their loved ones and our caregivers.
“When I left Mother Joseph’s I was very grateful for the special care I received from all the staff – nurses, aides, therapists. I know that God handpicked each and every one of these. They make you feel that you are the only one that needs attention!”
– J. Nunez, Providence Mother Joseph Care Center patient
“Six weeks after [knee replacement] surgery I am doing stairs much better than I could before surgery. I am sailing again and getting around on the boat just fine. I am walking without pain and moving in ways I haven’t for years.”
– J. Behrend, Providence Mother Joseph Care Center patient
“Recently I was in your care for about two weeks after bilateral knee replacement surgery. It was a little tough but with the help of caring people at Mother Joseph’s I sailed through. So much kindness and help and encouragement. You are doing a world of good, much more than you realize. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
– A. Minelga, Providence Mother Joseph Care Center patient
“I had the opportunity on Sunday, August 29 to visit your facility to visit my very favorite aunt. Upon walking into the building I was immediately struck by the cleanliness… As I walked the halls to my aunt’s room I encountered many of your staff members – all with smiles and each behaving as if they really wanted to be there… My visit with [my aunt] was short, but it didn’t take long to see how loved and well taken care of she is… I have worked in nursing homes myself, I had my dad in a nursing home for 3 years, and I had a 23 year career in acute care. Your facility ranks at the top of all nursing homes and your staff ranks at the top for friendliness, compassion, and dedication.”
– J. and R. Wold, Providence Mother Joseph Care Center resident’s family members