Mendocino Coast Home Health (MCHH) – A Division of Mendocino Coast Healthcare District


For an appointment or information, call us at 707-961-4651.

Marsha Royer, RN, Intake Nurse

Junice Wilson, RN, BSN, MCHH Director

Heidi Olson, Patient Account Specialist


Mendocino Coast Home Health has been providing quality home care to patients on the Mendocino Coast and the surrounding area since 1986.  Our service area extends north of Westport to the town of Elk. Our professional staff are noted for their clinical excellence and high patient satisfaction.  Professional care is provided in the comfort of the patient’s home. Services that can be provided include:  quality nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, medical social services and home health aide care.  Our professional staff members are trained in many specialties including cancer, cardiac, diabetes, respiratory, newborn, pediatric, orthopedic, rehabilitation and wound/ostomy care.

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Assess many aspects of a patient’s condition.  They will develop a treatment plan with you and your physician to help manage and resolve care needs.  Some common home health nursing needs include:

  • Instruction in new medications
  • Wound healing and care
  • After surgery care and monitoring
  • Suture or staple removal
  • Care of Heart and lung conditions
  • Diabetes monitoring and education
  • End of life care
  • Pain medication management
  • Home IV antibiotic therapy
  • Newborn baby assessment


Donna Schuler, left, occupational therapy aide, and Sarah Wagner, physical therapist

Nancy Stair, left, physical therapist

Assess patients to determine what rehabilitation goals are appropriate.  They will work with you and your physician to develop a plan of care to maximize strength and independence.  Some common conditions that home health physical therapists treat include:

  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Stroke
  • Fractures
  • Amputation
  • Heart surgery
  • Back surgery
  • Head injury
  • Degenerative joint disease


Sarah Mechling, occupational therapist

  • Self care (bathing, dressing)
  • Homemaking (cooking, laundry, shopping)
  • Conserving your energy
  • Medical equipment recommendations (wheelchairs, bathroom modifications)
  • Transfers and safety
  • Environmental modifications


Address problems in communication and swallowing.  This may involve language use, speech production, special communication devices, oral motor strength and safe swallowing skills.  Some common conditions that speech therapists commonly treat include:

  • Stroke
  • Head or neck cancers
  • Brain injury
  • Parkinson’s disease


Anne Marie Cesario, Social Worker

Assist you in understanding significant social and emotional factors related to health problems.  Common areas that a medical social worker focuses on include:

  • Assisting with long term care planning needs
  • Improving communication and understanding among family members
  • Identifying and obtaining needed community resources
  • Providing supportive counseling related to a medical condition
  • Assisting with Advance directives


Willie Martin, right, home health aide

Assist with personal care, bathing, dressing and linen changes.


Junice Wilson, R.N., Clinical Supervisor

When can I get home health care?

Home Health care is often needed after a surgery or a traumatic injury.  It is also available to help manage chronic illnesses or problems that come along as we age.

Am I qualified to receive home health care?

A person must be homebound to receive home health care.  Medicare defines homebound as “a taxing physical effort to leave home”.  Many private insurances use Medicare guidelines.

How does home health care begin?

Home Health care is like a prescription.   It needs to be ordered by your physician.  You or your family member can begin by requesting home health care through your doctor or discharge planner if you are in a medical facility.  We work closely with physicians to determine appropriate needs.

How is home health care paid for?

Medicare, Medi-Cal, and most private insurances cover all of the costs of care though some private insurance may require a co-pay or only provide partial coverage. If you have private insurance, contact your carrier and ask about home health coverage including any out of pocket expenses you may be responsible for. Our MCHH billing department is also available to answer your questions at 707-961-4696.

The Mendocino Coast Hospice program is a volunteer, not-for-profit service offering compassionate care for individuals and families coping with terminal and life-threatening illnesses. Hospice care focuses on the joy of life while serving as a guide through emotionally and physically challenging times. Our program consists of a Hospice Coordinator, a spiritual coordinator, and trained volunteers.

The primary goals of our Hospice program are:

  • To offer comfort, dignity, and support.
  • To facilitate persons to remain in familiar surroundings, if at all possible.
  • To provide and coordinate physical, emotional, spiritual, and practical care.
  • To offer support to the survivors during the mourning period.

Our Hospice program offers services to each patient and family regardless of disease, age, sex, religion, or financial status. The following criteria apply:

  • The patient/family lives in the Mendocino Coast Health Care District.
  • The patient has a diagnosis common or considered to be terminal or life-threatening.
  • The patient has a prognosis of approximately one year or less.
  • There is notification of the primary physician.

There is no charge for Hospice services. As a community-supported volunteer organization, the MC Hospice program is supported by donations from individuals and businesses, memorials, and other special fundraising events. The Hospice program is a charitable, non-profit organization; all gifts are tax-deductible.

For more information, contact Hospice Coordinator Terri Ebrey, RN, 707-961-4617.

For information on Friends of Hospice, go to or email

Hospice services are available to everyone, in any setting, including home, hospital, or long-term care facility.

Alysoun Huntley Ford, a hospice patient who passed away more than a decade ago, is still a powerful presence for those struggling with end of life issues.

Upon her death, Mrs. Ford donated $100,000 to be used to hire professional caregivers for those in the hospice program.

Each patient is allowed to apply for a Ford Grant of up to $2,000, which pays for 90-100 hours of professional caregiver time.

Caregivers help with a variety of patient needs, from bed and bath care, to housekeeping to grocery shopping.