U.S. Celebrates National Home Care & Hospice Month in November
Home Care Aide Week Celebrated November 9-15
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Barbara D. Woolley
WASHINGTON D.C. (October 21, 2014) Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the themes for National Home Care and Hospice Month. Each November, the home care and hospice community honor and reflect upon the herosnurses, caregivers, home care aides, therapists, and social workerswho make a remarkable difference in the lives of the patients and families they serve. These critical workers play a central role in their patients lives, and NAHC recognizes their efforts with this years themes:
Home is the Center of Healthcare
Hospice = Love in Action
Loving Care Tailored to Each Familys Needs
Home Care Aide Week (November 9 – 15, 2014):
Caring in Action
NAHC honors National Home Care Month with the theme, Home is the Center of Health Care, the product of a brainstorming session at the NAHC Strategic Planning Congress in February 2013. The session brought together members of NAHCs board of directors and the heads of its Forum of State Associations, along with key leaders from the home care and hospice industry. They exchanged their thoughts under the leadership of Dr. Lance Secretan, management expert, author, editor and former corporate CEO. Their joint expression of home cares goals gained approval from NAHCs board of directors.
NAHC and its affiliate Hospice Association of America (HAA) honor National Hospice Month with the theme Hospice = Love in Action. Hospice care provides humane and comforting support for terminally ill patients and their families, including pain control, palliative medical care, and social, emotional and spiritual services. Hospice fulfills basic human needs of feeling comfortable in familiar surroundings and of attaining physical and emotional peace during the last stage of life.
NAHC and its affiliate Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) honor Home Care and Hospice Month with the theme Loving Care Tailored to Each Familys Needs. PDHCA is a trade association of home care providers dedicated to providing an array of home care services, including non-medical and supportive services to the aged, infirm, or disabled client to help maintain safety and independence at home, wherever home is.
Home Care Aide Week is celebrated the second full week in November (November 9 15, 2014) and was created by NAHC to focus positive attention on the important contributions of home care aides. These professionals are key contributors in several ways including providing personal care services to elderly, disabled and frail who require a higher level of care than their families can offer. We honor these home care aides during Home Care Aide Week with the theme Caring in Action.
It is highly appropriate that in November we celebrate the nurses, therapists, aides and other providers who have chosen to use their lives to help inform, disabled and dying Americans, said Halamandaris. No work is nobler, and no group in our society more deserves our respect and admiration. Helping the frail, disabled, and dying Americans to stay independent and happy in their homes is our goal. Home care professionals and volunteers, along with the modern medicine and technology, make it possible for patients to be cared for in their homes, where they can be surrounded by their families and loved ones.
For more information on the National Association for Home Care & Hospice National Home Care & Hospice Month and Home Care Aide Week, visit www.nahc.org.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nations 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org.