“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”
November is National Home Care Month, which is the perfect time to celebrate and show appreciation for the individuals who selflessly serve home health patients everywhere. These caregivers are assigned a wide range of duties that aren’t for the faint of heart, and they complete these tasks without question.
What Does Home Care Include?
Home care includes a broad range of medical, social, assistive, and other services for those who require follow-up care after a hospital stay or long-term care at home. These services are provided by nurses, home health aides, therapists, social workers, and other direct-care staff. Individuals who may require home care services include newborns, mothers eligible for maternal-infant care services, young children and adults in need of home therapy or technology-based care, and elderly patients who require assistance treating chronic medical conditions. Home care services are also for patients who require wound care after surgery or individuals with disabilities who might be homebound and require assistive services to meet daily living skills, such as feeding, bathing, and other forms of self-help skills. Many children are even able to receive academic instruction at home when they are homebound.
Home Care Facts
Some interesting facts about home care include the fact that home care providers will travel about eight billion miles to serve patients in need in total. Additionally, ninety percent of Americans prefer to age in place, meaning “at home,” which makes home care the most preferred and most convenient method of health care for the individual, especially for those individuals who are disabled, elderly, and chronically ill. Lastly, home care provides high-quality and compassionate care to over five million Americans per year.
Home Care Providers
Many home care providers have reported that they prefer home care because they can solely focus on a single patient and their needs. In contrast, in a hospital setting, they may be pulled to various rooms, serving multiple patients at a time. The ability to give one patient the top priority is favored among most home care providers. Caregivers also report that most patients are more comfortable in their own homes than in a hospital, which is a significant advantage of home care. Most importantly, providers report that their favorite part of home care is the relationship that develops between the caregiver and the patient.
Show Appreciation for Home Care Heroes!
We are so thankful for our home care providers. Even if you have encountered a situation in which a loved one has required home care, there will likely come a time that you will know someone who will, and in that moment, you will see that these providers will go to the ends of the earth to care for their patients. If you know someone who works in home health care, be sure to show your appreciation for them this month.
About the Author
Chelsea Woods has a Master’s degree in special education and is an Educational Diagnostician. Her passion is children, particularly children with special needs. Chelsea has been married to her husband Dylan for 6 years, and they have two girls, Kamdyn, five, and Emersyn, one. She enjoys time with her church family, working in their garden, and taking vacations and making memories as a family