10 Reasons to be Thankful for Home Care & Hospice

More people die from chronic disease than from acute disease. What this suggests is that the future will be about the management of chronic disease and not acute illness. The number of people going into hospitals will be fewer and they will spend less time there. What will increase by geometric progressions is the number of people cared for at home.

While sheer demographics and increased life expectancy – perhaps the greatest gift of the 20th and 21st centuries – have and will continue to increase the demand for home care services, our community will grow for other reasons, as well. Those other reasons mostly center around the great work done by home care and hospice workers and the unique services they provide.

So, as we begin this holiday season, here are the top ten reasons to be thankful for home care and hospice.

1.     Home care keeps families together. There are few, if any, social values more important than keeping strong families together and this is particularly true in times of illness.

2.     Home care is safer than the alternatives. While hospitalization is sometimes necessary, statistics show that hospitals can be dangerous for patients. It is not uncommon for patients to develop new or additional health problems (about 20 percent of hospital patients develop an infection or other illness) as a result of hospitalization, but those risks are minimized with care at home.

3.     Home care is the most personal care. Home care is tailored to the needs of each individual and delivered on a person-to-person basis with lots of one-on-one interaction between the patient and caregivers. When we care for people in their own homes, we tell them they are special, they matter and they are loved.

4.     Home care involves patients in their own care. In home care, the patient and his or her family are taught to participate in the caregiving by monitoring the health of the patient and taking steps to get well and maintain wellness.

5.     Home care is a much better value. Studies have repeatedly shown that home care is far less expensive than institutionalization. In fact, home care is, on average, 10 times less expensive than a hospital and about four times less expensive than a nursing home.

6.     Home care is more efficient. By caring for people at home, we allow them to avoid room and boarding expenses. In addition, the dazzling improvements in health technology are enabling people to monitor their own health as never before. Thanks to the development of the Internet and other technologies, telemedicine has more potential than ever. What’s more, technology has now developed that make it possible to treat most illnesses as well or better at home than in a hospital.

7.     Home care is the only way to care for some people. In many rural parts of America or even dense urban areas, home care is the only available form of health care. Nurses and aides routinely visit patients in rural areas using unorthodox modes of transportation such as horses, dog sleds and boats.

8.     Home care extends life. Allowing people to age at home not only adds life to their years, it adds years to their lives. Studies by nursing schools and government agencies have established beyond reasonable doubt that home care extends longevity because home care personnel and the intensely personal services they provide assist people not only medically, but psychologically and spiritually, as well.

9.     Home care reduces stress. There is nothing like a health crisis to create stress, not only for the patients, but for their loved ones, as well. Hospitals, with their remoteness, their size and their state of frenzied activity, usually add to this stress. Home care, on the other hand, which is quieter and far more peaceful, has been shown to reduce the stress of patients and their families.

10.  Home care is what people want. Home care is the preferred form of health care for America’s infirm and disabled. In fact, home care is preferred by a margin of 90 percent over comparable institutional care by the infirm. People facing terminal illnesses are increasingly choosing the form of home care known as hospice.

Home care is the oldest and most reliable form of health care, so it is no surprise that America is returning to it. However, home care is also the newest form of health care, as people increasingly prefer it over hospitalization and the advance of medical and other technologies make it possible – even preferable – to treat many maladies at home. The public is demanding that home care become more available than ever and our elected leaders must respond to this demand. NAHC is here to ensure that they do.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And a special happy Thanksgiving to the millions of nurses, aides and physicians who keep Americans alive, healthy and happy in their own homes. You are some of our country’s greatest heroes.

10 Reasons to be Thankful for Home Care & Hospice

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Our Veterans Deserve the Highest Quality Home Care and Hospice

Yesterday, November 11, the United States honored its veterans with Veterans Day, a national holiday. However, making sure our veterans receive the care and recognition they have earned should involve a lot more than a federal holiday in the second week of November. Those who have made great sacrifices deserve proper care when they come home, particularly if they suffer from debilitating health issues, whether in their senior years or earlier in their lives

Among the common maladies afflicting our veterans are:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression and other mental health issues
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Musculoskeletal injuries and pain
  • Infectious disease;
  • Chemical exposure;
  • Noise and vibration exposure/sensitivity.

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Our Veterans Deserve the Highest Quality Home Care and Hospice

Today, Thursday, November 11, the United States honors its veterans with Veterans Day, a national holiday. However, making sure our veterans receive the care and recognition they have earned should involve a lot more than a federal holiday in the second week of November. Those who have made great sacrifices deserve proper care when they…

Join NAHC in Celebrating National Home Care and Hospice Month!

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.

Join NAHC in Celebrating National Home Care and Hospice Month!

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…

10 Reasons to be Thankful for Home Care & Hospice

More people die from chronic disease than from acute disease. What this suggests is that the future will be about the management of chronic disease and not acute illness. The number of people going into hospitals will be fewer and they will spend less time there. What will increase by geometric progressions is the number…

Honoring More of the Best Home Care Aides in America

Last month, NAHC and CellTrak announced they would be giving $500 scholarships to some of the best and most deserving home care aides in the United States during Home Care and Hospice Month, which is November. Earlier this month we recognized the first batch of winners of those scholarship. Today, we will recognize the remaining winners this month.

This is Home Care and Hospice Month and NAHC thinks it is more important than ever, during this month and during this year, when so much has been asked of and given by frontline health care workers, that we recognize and honor home care aides, who make quality care in the home possible.

The additional winners of the NAHC-CellTrak Home Care Aide Scholarships are:

Carolyn Camby from All Ways Caring HomeCare

Rachel Reynolds from Elk Valley Health Services

Cabriska Wright from Functional Independence Home Care

Noelle Wilson from Partners in Care

Rebecca Von Rueden from Prohealth Home care and Hospice

Ann Literski from ProHealth Home Care and Hospice

Christal Ennis from ComForCare Home Care

Tamika Beverly from Addus HomeCare

Tammy Bull from Richmond County Hospice

Click the link in each name to learn more about the winner and why she is such a remarkable home care aide and recipient of this scholarship.

Congratulations to all the winners! They embody the spirit of caring and committment to care that is necessary for a great home care aide. These are some of the finest people in home care and as a society we owe them more than we can say. They do difficult work without complaint and what could be more important or more noble than caring for the most vulnerable people in our society.

“This scholarship is a proven way to help home care aides advance their careers, tell their stories of what caregiving means to them, and highlight the difference it has made in the lives of their patients,” says William A. Dombi, Esq., President of NAHC. “America needs to hear from the people who provide care to our most vulnerable citizens.”

“With the impact of COVID on our industry, we realized our commitment to the scholarship program for 2020 needed to be doubled, to 20 scholarships! In March, many of our home care aides found themselves forced to make tough choices, and yet they remained at the forefront of caring for our family and friends in their homes. Because of their dedication, we want to recognize and support their efforts in continuing a career path as a homecare hero!” Andrew Kaboff, Founder of CellTrak.

Honoring More of the Best Home Care Aides in America

Last month, NAHC and CellTrak announced they would be giving $500 scholarships to some of the best and most deserving home care aides in the United States during Home Care and Hospice Month, which is November. Earlier this month we recognized the first batch of winners of those scholarship. Today, we will recognize the remaining winners this month.…

Honoring Some of the Best Home Care Aides in America

Last month, NAHC and CellTrak announced they would be giving $500 scholarships to some of the best and most deserving home care aides in the United States during Home Care and Hospice Month, which is November.

As this is Home Care Aide Week, we think it is only right that we announce the winners of all the scholarships that have been given out this month. Additional winners announced after today will be honored in NAHC Report later in the month.

The winners, so far, of the NAHC-CellTrak Home Care Aide Scholarships are:

Savannah Brittain

Marie Nazaire with New Partners in Care

Nicole Randall with Synergy Home Care

Tiffany Wiley with Visiting Nurses Association

Priscilla Rakestraw with Addus HomeCare

Caitlin Perdue with Interim Health

Lucille Barnett with All Ways Caring HomeCare

Cynthia Camacho with All Ways Caring HomeCare

Carolina Martinez with Bayada HHC

Jade Bryant Taylor with Bayaha HHC

Carrie Harper with Cedar County Public Health

Click the link in each name to learn more about the winner and why she is such a remarkable home care aide and recipient of this scholarship.

Congratulations to all the winners! They embody the spirit of caring and committment to care that is necessary for a great home care aide. These are some of the finest people in home care and as a society we owe them more than we can say. They do difficult work without complaint and what could be more important or more noble than caring for the most vulnerable people in our society.

“This scholarship is a proven way to help home care aides advance their careers, tell their stories of what caregiving means to them, and highlight the difference it has made in the lives of their patients,” says William A. Dombi, Esq., President of NAHC. “America needs to hear from the people who provide care to our most vulnerable citizens.”

“With the impact of COVID on our industry, we realized our commitment to the scholarship program for 2020 needed to be doubled, to 20 scholarships! In March, many of our home care aides found themselves forced to make tough choices, and yet they remained at the forefront of caring for our family and friends in their homes. Because of their dedication, we want to recognize and support their efforts in continuing a career path as a homecare hero!” Andrew Kaboff, Founder of CellTrak.