2009-11-12 / Letters

Nov. Is Nat’l. Home Care And Hospice Month

Dear Editor:

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month, a time to salute the thousands of everyday heroes who provide high quality home health, personalcare and hospice services in our communities. Each day, homecare professionals and para-professionals in a model of care reminiscent of a simpler, more caring time, make house calls. And, in so doing, ensure that receiving medical and nonmedical support at home is possible for an estimated 750,000 Pennsylvanians each year.

November is also a time when our attention shifts to home and family. For some, a parent, grandparent or a sibling may seem different this year. Perhaps vigor or vitality is diminished. Maybe cognition or memory is not what it used to be. You may find yourself wondering, “What are we going to do?’’ There is help available and for many, that help comes in the form of homecare services. Nurses, therapists, aides, companions and others provide medical and nonmedical care and support to help people live safely and comfortably in their homes every day.

I am certain that some readers have experienced the compassionate touch of home care. I am just as certain that others will have been unaware of its availability until this moment. Regardless of which reader you are, I would ask that during this time of Thanksgiving, you take a few minutes to be thankful for dedicated and compassionate people who sometimes brave bad weather, mean dogs, poor directions, unsafe neighborhoods or uncertain household situations to bring healthcare home. Be thankful, also, for the men and women who support them either as coworkers or family members. They are making their corner of the world better every day.
Terry J. Shade
Executive Director
Lutheran Home
Care & Hospice

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