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Providence at Home: Our History

Providence’s first-ever home healthcare division was established 25 years ago to respond to the changing needs of our community, and has continued to grow and evolve over the past quarter-century.  Although house calls from visiting nurses were common practice as early as the nineteenth century, the home healthcare model as it is known today emerged during the healthcare reforms of the 1990’s. Changes to insurance payment systems resulted in the traditional hospital stay being drastically shortened. Patients needed follow-up care, and Providence was there to meet the need with nursing services, physical therapy, and other forms of help in people’s homes.

three women pose at founding of providence at home home health care
woman from early 1990s helps senior woman with home healthcare

Our Beginning

In 1994, Providence Home Health Care was licensed by the state of Illinois to provide in-home care for people who were not ready to move in to a retirement or care community. The division recorded 1,500 home visits in its first year, far more than anyone had envisioned in such a short time – emphasizing the need for care that met people right where they lived.

home healthcare worker helps senior man

Growth & Progress

Two years later, Providence added private duty services to its offerings, making life easier for older adults by providing bathing, dressing, light housekeeping, and other non-skilled assistance. 

Now Providence At Home division serves people in Illinois and Indiana in their own homes, in our retirement communities, in skilled nursing and assisted living venues —  wherever we are needed.

We look forward to many more years of service and care.

Let us know how we can help at home.