During November the home care and hospice community honors the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in our health care system and in homes across the nation. To recognize their efforts, we call upon all Americans to commemorate the power of caring, both at the home and in their local communities and join with Lincoln Health System and Lincoln Hospice and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) by celebrating November as National Home Care &Hospice
With 10 thousand Americans turning 65 every day, the need for health care will continue to rise, and costs will continue to skyrocket. This is where home care and hospice come in. As the preferred choice for most patients, it also offers the greatest cost savings. For example, Medicare pays nearly $2,000 per day for a typical hospital stay and $450 per day for a typical nursing home stay. Meanwhile, home care costs less than $100 a day and helps many U.S. seniors remain independent at home, enrich their lives, and keep in touch with those they love.
“All of us here at Lincoln Medical Home Health and Hospice are thankful for the opportunity to serve our patients, friends, and family here in Lincoln County and the surrounding areas by providing both Home Health and Hospice care,” said Lincoln Medical Home Health and Hospice Administrator, Debbie Yorba. “This November, as a way to honor our hospice patients and their families, we will be using the color purple to raise awareness for hospice and the benefits to the patient and family. Our staff will be wearing purple, and Lincoln Medical Center will be lit up with a purple light for this entire month.”
Lincoln Medical Home Health and Hospice is a unique agency with all of its staff members cross-trained for both home health and hospice care. By training the staff for both care areas, the agency is able to provide seamless care for patients if the need arises to transfer care from health services to hospice services, or occasionally from hospice care to home health.
For more information about the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, Home Care & Hospice Month, and Home Care Aide Week, visit nahc.org/homecare-hospice-month, or call Lincoln Medical Home Health and Hospice at 931-433-8088.