November is Home Care & Hospice Month

Spread the Word About Home Health & Hospice Care.

Did you know?

  • Nurses, therapists and home care aides who serve chronically ill and disabled patients drive nearly five billion miles each year?
  • In 2012, nearly two million patients received services from hospice, and that number has steadily increased over the years.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020, the number of home health and personal care aides will increase nearly 70% compared 2010 numbers.
  • There were an estimated 400,000 hospice volunteers providing 10 million hours of service in 2012.

November is a great month to meet with your elected officials about the value of home health and hospice. Ask for their support, sharing your stories of caring for patients in their homes. If you are interested in learning more about priority issues for home care and hospice from the National Association for Home Care (NAHC) as well as how to find your elected officials, click here. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) also has an online legislative action center here.

From all of us at HEALTHCAREfirst, thank you to the administrators, nurses, clinicians, aides and others who join together to help make home care one of the most diverse and dynamic sectors of healthcare. We truly appreciate all that you do!