November is an important month for caregivers

An often-selfless job, caregiving plays a vital role in ensuring the care and safety of our loved ones as they age. That’s why November is the perfect time to pay homage to the many caregivers in the U.S. — both family and professional — as it’s considered both Home Care and Hospice Month as well as National Family Caregivers Month.

About Home Care and Hospice Month

Started by the National Home Care and Hospice Association (NAHC), November was chosen to honor the ethics, empathy and effective work in giving quality in home care of the many professional registered nurses, home health aides and personal care aides all across the U.S. As a large portion of the population ages, Home Care and Hospice Month aims to raise awareness for the increasing need for healthcare professionals, currently one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Many Americans suffer from multiple, chronic conditions, and, according to NAHC, “By keeping them out of hospitals and in their homes, home care saves money.”

2012’s themes (via NAHC):

Home Care:

Celebrating Freedom: Quality Care at Home

Hospice:

Taking Care and Compassion to the Next Level

Private Duty:

The Right Care at the Right Place at the Right Time

Home Care Aide Week:

Celebrating Love in Action, November 11-17, 2012

About National Family Caregivers Month

Started in 1994 by the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) to celebrate family caregivers during the week of Thanksgiving, this annual event has grown into a month long appreciation of family caregivers, as proclaimed by every president since President Clinton in 1997.

“Day in and day out, more than 65 million family caregivers in this country fulfill a vital role on the care team,” says the NFCA website. “No one else is in a better position to ensure continuity of care.” National Family Caregivers Month is a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers.

Encompass Senior Solutions currently serving Omaha, Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa provides seniors and their families a complete understanding of the available care options and helps families maneuver through the challenges of the system. All Encompass services are directed by registered nurses or licensed clinical social workers with no long-term contracts. Contact us today for help with your senior care needs.

“Encompass Senior Solutions solves the problems families face in finding home health care providers they can trust. Providers who will focus on strategies that keep parents in their homes. To learn more about our health care services, visit http://www.encompass-home-health-care.com.”