November Blog: National Home Care and Hospice Month

By November 14, 2019Careers

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month.

Caregiving can be extremely challenging, time consuming, and rewarding. This month we honor the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, social workers, and family care-givers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. Thank you!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, home health aides are projected to be the third fastest-growing occupation in all industries, increasing 47% over the 10-year span from 2016-2026. Hospitals and other care giving agencies are recognizing the invaluable care that home care aids provide. In addition to offering quality care, data shows home health visits can reduce the likelihood of hospital readmission by as much as 25%, with lower infection rates and decreased healing times.

Home health care helps older adults living with injury, illness, or disability live independently at home for as long as possible. Home health care can include broad care given by skilled professionals, including occupational and physical therapy, speech therapy, and skilled nursing. This may include helping older adults with daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, eating, and medication management. Although home health care may include more traditional home care services, it is medical in nature. Home health care professionals are often licensed practical nurses, therapists, or home health aides.

Please contact Abigail Schroff with questions about Transitional Care: schroffa@crhn.org.