In November the home care and hospice community is honored. This community consists of millions of dedicated nurses, home care and hospice aides, therapists and other professionals who are dedicated to making a difference for the patients and families who chose to receive care at home and in facilities often following hospitalizations. The theme for this important month is “Home Care and Hospice Deliver Freedom.” It is often a very difficult time, especially during the decision making process, for patients and their loved ones when deciding to use home care and/or hospice services. For some it is viewed as a loss of control and privacy. According to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, those receiving care are often seen as the “invisible patient. “ At the same time caretakers are also invisible since they experience feelings of loneliness, anxiety and separation from others.
Patients and their loved ones should feel comforted to know that professionals who work in the field are generally very passionate and committed to their jobs as they aid in providing specialized care. The role of these professionals, in addition to providing care, is to educate both the patient and their loved ones about the services provided and the philosophy of this important profession. One important message is that one is not giving up on life but making the most of their lives by incorporating personalized care and reducing pain and depression. Many home care and hospice professionals tirelessly provide care during winter storms, late hours and during times where patients and families feel isolated and fear not being able to receive needed care. The aim of their services may be to prevent unnecessary hospital stays, monitor vital signs including blood pressure, glucose levels and assist with medication compliance in the comfort of the patient’s home.
It is difficult for many individuals and their loved ones to accept care due to feeling there is a loss of independence or having a hard time accepting the end of life when receiving hospice care. However, the decision to receive home care and/or hospice services can greatly enhance the quality of life for both patients and loved ones. November is a time to recognize and honor the committed professionals in this field while acknowledging how their tireless commitment can enhance the life of your older loved one.
If you would like more information on available home care and hospice services, please call Abramson Care Advisors, free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 888-340-0080.