For the elderly, disabled and chronically ill, home care providers make it easier for them to stay in their homes as they age. These caregivers travel billions of miles annually to take care of patients and their families. Because of these workers, November is HomeCare and Hospice Month, dedicated to celebrating the efforts and caring of social workers, therapists and caregivers everywhere.
Some Facts on Homecare
- Homecare allows people to live at home independently. For most, this is preferred over a senior’s residence or facility. For those with chronic diseases and disabilities, homecare is the healthier alternative.
- Medical equipment and services are provided to those who receive homecare. This allows patients to leave the hospital earlier than they otherwise would and also lessens their chances of catching a hospital infection.
Facts on Hospice Care
- Hospice care is a type of care, not an actual location. Hospice care is tailored to the needs of the patient. It can be at home, at a hospital or at a hospice facility.
- Hospice patients tend to live longer than those who receive standard care. The goal of hospice care is to enable you to live well with the remaining time you have. This could include pain management and disease treatment.
- Hospice is for the patient and their family. If possible the whole family is involved in care and it can make the last days for your loved one filled with meaning. Hospice patients do not want to spend their final days hooked up to machines in a hospital. They want to interact with family and friends and reflect on their lives. Hospice care strives to make the patient’s final days as enjoyable as possible.
This November, remember the home care and hospice community. They help millions of people by making a difference in the way they are able to live despite chronic disease and old age. To read more on Home Care and Hospice Month, click here.