Celebrating Home Care + Hospice Month
Each November we’re proud to celebrate our home care and hospice caregivers, calling attention to their heroic acts of service. Collectively made up of everyone from social workers to nurses, millions work tirelessly all year to make life better for their patients and the families who love them, and we’re so grateful.
Since 1982 the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has honored this unique community of health providers by recognizing their efforts with a national display of thanks.
Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC President says, “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.”
This year, the NAHC has decided to raise awareness with the theme, “Home Care and Hospice Deliver Freedom”.
For the 15th year in a row, Home Care Aide Week will take place the second full week of the month, November 13-19. The personal care they provide have a hugely positive impact on both the patients they serve and their loved ones.
In fact, as the baby boomer generation reaches their golden years, home care is a popular option that’s growing rapidly. The 78 million of them who reached age 65 last year are already shifting away from hospitals and nursing facilities and trending toward home and community-based care. Over the next two decades, we’re almost sure to see this wave continue, making the role of the home care aide even more critical.
Terminally ill patients with a prognosis of less than six months to live often turn to hospice care for pain control and emotional care. Family members also receive social and spiritual support from hospice aides in the field, helping all involved make the transition with as much peace and closure as possible.
What you can do to show your support
NAHC recommends getting in touch with the elected officials in your area if you want to be a home health advocate. It is these lawmakers that help support top end-of-life issues outlined by folks like the NAHC.
In the end, the job of preventing suffering, pain and anxiety at the end of life is of the utmost importance. Whether you’re a night nurse administering medication, a therapist helping a family process their emotions, or a social worker sourcing other forms of support, know that we see your efforts and are so proud to recognize you this month.
To all the home care and hospice aides at Dignity Team Health Texas and across the nation, we send our deepest thanks to you!