November is National Home Care & Long-Term Care Hospice Month

Finding evidence of bad home health care is easy. And not just ordinary bad. More like wretched, appallingly abusive, lose-your-faith-in-humanity kind of bad. There is a cascade of articles, social media posts, and stories around the water cooler that describe the sick or elderly being abused or neglected. The number of caregivers who ironically give little to no actual care is a disgraceful and disheartening reality. However, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, the month of November has been selected by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) as a good time to celebrate the heroes in the healthcare community that are an asset to their profession — you know, the ones we don’t hear about in the news. Every day across the country, nurses, companions, aides, clinicians and therapists wake up and dedicate themselves to helping improve the lives of people in need of quality healthcare services. Home healthcare encompasses a wide variety of disciplines, including therapy services, nursing, and unskilled medical services such as grooming, medication reminders, and bathing assistance. The popularity of this industry has grown over the years, mostly because it keeps aging individuals where they are happiest — in their own homes. It also tends to be more cost-effective than a full-time healthcare facility, particularly when round-the-clock care is not necessary. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported the average price for nursing home care in a private room was $229 a day, whereas a home health aide cost approximately $21 an hour. Many home healthcare services also work with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies. Then there are those who work as end-of-life caregivers. Around since the 1960s, those in the hospice industry keep terminally ill patients as comfortable as possible during their last few months of life. There is no doubt that it takes extraordinary character to provide this kind of dignified service to people for whom death is imminent. Hospice workers also provide support to the patient’s loved ones as they cope with the reality that the illness, disease, or condition is unlikely to be cured. No matter what the program, it’s only as good as the people who keep it running. The home health care industry is bursting with kindness and compassion that often seems to be overshadowed by negative publicity. So, cheers to the men and women who share kind smiles, gentle hands, medical knowledge, and superior care. Thank you for your commitment, not just in November, but always. If you have any questions about this topic, you can find out more by discussing it with one of the personal injury attorneys at the Johnson Law Firm. We have years of experience helping people, and we can help you. Our knowledgeable legal team will work closely with you every step of the way. Based in Pikeville, KY, we proudly serve communities throughout the Bluegrass State. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, contact us by calling 606-437-4488 or filling out our online form.

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