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November is Home Care & Hospice Month

Celebrating the work of these important healthcare professionals

Millions of home care & hospice professionals take care of clients in their homes each year. They enable the disabled and elderly to live more independently. They help the chronically ill manage their illnesses, and they care for the terminally ill helping them be as comfortable as possible at the end of their lives. And they don't just help the patients, but also the families who are facing the challenge of managing the care of loved ones.

November is Home Care & Hospice Month, so we wanted to celebrate and honor the work these professionals do. Personal care aides, home health aides, nurses, physical therapists and social workers all work in the field of home care & hospice.

Depending on the level of  training and education, they handle duties that include: providing conversation and companionship, accompany clients to appointments, running errand, preparing meals, assisting with personal hygiene, monitoring medication and vital signs, educating client and family members on care for wounds and illnesses, communicating with physicians about any problems or progress, administering medication or IVs, creating care plans, working to improve mobility, communicating about how to manage illnesses or conditions, and how to use community resources for support.

They all, on some level, provide compassion and help create an environment in which their clients can feel safe and comfortable as they face aging, health challenges or end-of-life decisions.

Did you know?

Here are some facts from the National Association for Home Care & Hospice:

  • Every year, more than five million Americans receive home care.
  • 90% of Americans prefer to remain in their homes as they grow older.
  • Most disabled, chronically ill, and elderly people prefer home care.
  • In 2016, 7.6 billion miles were traveled by home care providers to take care of clients in their homes.
  • There are about 74 million baby boomers in the US, and the youngest of them will be over 65 by the year 2030. As they age and begin to deal with health issues, many may look to home care solutions to help them stay as independent as possible for as long as possible.

What can you do?

If you know someone who works as a home-healthcare provider, call or text them and say thank you. Or write them a handwritten note. If you currently have a family member being cared for by a home-health worker, stop in and thank them in person.

If you are feeling the pull to do more, there's advocacy information on the National Association for Home Care and Hospice web site. If you think this sounds like a profession you might like to work in, Harris Casel offers a home health aide training program.

If you work in home care or hospice, thank you for the dedication, compassion, and service you give your clients every day! The work you do is important and invaluable!

This article is part of the Harris Casel Institute’s weekly blog. We conveniently offer many career training programs at our campus in Melbourne, FL. Contact us online for more info!