By Linda Lauzon, Park Ridge Health Home Health
Care and Hospice agencies are made up of millions of devoted nurses, home care aides, therapists, social workers and other professionals who are committed to making a difference in the lives of patients and families who choose to receive care at home and in facilities. The care is often provided following hospitalizations, surgeries, a new chronic care diagnosis or during a period of illness.
It can be very difficult for patients and loved one to make the decision to use home health or hospice services. For some it is viewed as a loss of control and the loss of their privacy. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice says those receiving care are often seen as the “invisible patient”. Also, caregivers are also invisible since they experience feelings of loneliness, anxiety and separation from others.
Patients and their families can be comfortable in knowing that the professionals working in the field are committed to their jobs and extremely passionate about their roles as they aid in providing specialized care. These professionals not only provide care, but specialize in educating both the patient and their loved ones. Home Care and Hospice professionals take the time to explain the services they are providing, as well as the ideology of this important profession. They promote making the most of an individual’s life by utilizing personalized care. Many Home Care and Hospice professionals provide care during winter storms, late hours and during times when families feel isolated. The aim of these services may be to monitor vital signs, assist with medication compliance, provide therapy, avoid unnecessary hospital stays, and assist with connection to community services; all in the comfort of the patient’s own home.
For many individuals and their loved ones, it is difficult to accept care. They may feel a loss of independence or could be struggling with accepting the end of life while receiving hospice care. However, the decision to receive home care and/or hospice services can greatly improve 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 an individual’s quality of life.