November is National Home Care and Hospice Month and agencies and caregivers across the United States will be raising awareness about the unique and irreplaceable value of health care delivered in the home. Care in the home is high-quality care that empowers patients to take control of their own health and treatment while remaining independent in their own homes and communities, where 90 percent of Americans want to be while dealing with chronic illness.
Throughout the month of November, NAHC and home care and hospice providers will wage a public campaign to inform the public and policymakers about the impact of home health and hospice on the people in their communities and the value it brings to the entire country. We will be providing you with:
- NAHC Report articles about the value of home care and hospice and how to spread that message;
- videos about the value of home care and hospice;
- key facts about home care and hospice;
- social media images you can use, and suggested posts for Facebook, Twitter to spread the message that home care and hospice are a great health care option for people who want to maintain their independence while getting quality care at home;
- Celebration Ideas;
- NAHC Advocacy Center to turn appreciation into advocacy;
- Sample Proclamation of support for home care and hospice;
- Press Release Template for your organization to distribute to promote home care and hospice;
- Posters to Download
- GO HERE to see a full list of the resources NAHC has made available to you!
You can start by sharing THIS VIDEO with your employees, friends, contacts in the media, and the general public. It’s a short film with nurses and patients discussing the immense value home care has brought into their lives and the potential it has to transform our health care.
Home care provides compassionate, personalized, and technologically advanced health care to millions Americans every year. The people who work in home care are uniquely devoted to the health and well-being of their patients, a fact demonstrated by the eight billion miles home care providers will travel this year to deliver quality health care in the home. Home Care Aide Week takes place November 7-13 and we hope everyone will join us in honoring these compassionate, tireless workers who play an invaluable role for their clients as caregivers, companions, and friends.
”Home care and hospice services are critical to our health care system today and will be even more important in the years to come,” said William A. Dombi, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). “Every day, nearly two million dedicated caregivers provide essential services to over 12 million vulnerable seniors, persons with disabilities, and children in their homes. We call upon all Americans to honor the power and value of home care and hospice and to applaud the hard work and sacrifice made by these caregivers every day across America.”
With ten thousand Americans turning 65 every day, the need for health care will continue to rise, and costs will continue to skyrocket. Not only is home care the preferred choice for the vast majority of Americans, it also offers the greatest cost savings. For example, Medicare pays nearly $2,000 per day for a typical hospital stay and about $450 per day for a typical nursing home stay. Home care, however, often costs less than $100 per visit and permits patients to remain at home, with their families and loved ones. Home care helps the many U.S. seniors who live at home to stay independent, enrich their lives, and keep in touch with their communities and those they love.
For more information about the home care, hospice Home Care & Hospice Month, Home Care Aide Week and NAHC, visit nahc.org.