Happy Home Care Month
November kicks off a month of events honoring the home care and hospice community and the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and others who tirelessly serve patients and their families throughout the country, and play a central role in our nation’s health care system. It’s also a time to raise awareness about the importance and availability of home care and hospice services.
“It is highly appropriate in November that we celebrate the nurses, therapists, aides, and other providers who choose to use their lives to serve our country’s aged, disabled, and dying. No work is nobler, and no group is more deserving of our respect and admiration. Their goal is helping society’s weakest members live the fullest lives they can. By marrying high tech with high touch, home care professionals and volunteers allow patients to get care at home where they can be with the ones they love,”
–Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association of Home Care
Home Care is generally regarded as one of the most viable solutions for providing long-term care to the nation’s growing elderly population. It involves an extensive list of services to attend to multiple needs of the patient and typically begins with a nurse assessing the patient’s physical and psychosocial needs, consulting with appropriate health care team members and family, initiating physician orders, and evaluating patient response to treatment. The patient is then periodically reassessed by clinical management to gauge needed changes, if necessary, to the plan of care.
The individuals involved in both home care and hospice are “true heroes” because of their daily outpouring of compassion and quality care to patients and families during their most difficult times, including the final stages of life. At Stay Well Home Health, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the home health and hospice providers and agencies for the invaluable service they provide to individuals and their families.