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As our population lives longer and longer, more attention is deservedly swayed to home health care and hospice. To further drive this awareness, November is designated as National Home Health Care and Hospice Month.

Home health care promotes and maintains health, provides comprehensive care of sick or disabled in their own home, and prevents re-hospitalization. It’s an important component to reducing the overall cost of health care.

Around five million people receive home health care annually, a figure that’s certain to increase as time progresses. In fact, by 2050, people requiring some form of long-term care is expected to exceed 25 million.

Memorial Healthcare’s home health team supports families so they can fully participate in the care within the home. Our in-home services include: skilled nursing, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, medical social work services, home health aide services, nutritional guidance, IV therapy, wound care, diabetes education, colostomy care, enteral nutrition therapy, and pediatric services.

We also provided hospice, a special concept of care provided when patients and families face a terminal illness. This program is designed to ease the death and grieving experience while providing an alternative to traditional care in a hospital setting.

Memorial Healthcare maintains the quality of life by centralizing on supportive care for the terminally ill patient and their family. Both are included in this care plan with special attention given to the emotional, spiritual, and practical support needed.

National Home Health Care and Hospice Month also seeks to honor the community comprising the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference patients and families they care for. Reserve some time this month to commemorate the power of caring these individuals exhibit.