2012-11-07 / Letters

Being Thankful During Home Care And Hospice Month

To The Editor:

Each year, people with illnesses or injuries are uncertain about how to care for themselves or their loved ones at home. Disabled and frail elderly long to stay in their family home but physical limitations or advancing age make it unsafe for them to do so without assistance. Families face the challenge of having a loved one suffer a terminal illness. These people need help and, thankfully, the men and women who provide home and community based healthcare across the country are there for them!

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. It is a time when we recognize the contributions of a dedicated corps of men and women who make it possible for our family, friends and neighbors to receive the care that they need in the comfort of their home. They are men and women who are there to listen, to educate, to bathe, to treat physical conditions, to be a companion, to provide a shoulder to cry on and a voice of encouragement. They are nurses, therapists, aides, social workers, chaplains, physicians, companions, phlebotomists, volunteers and all the administrative and support staff that make it possible for these folks to do the wonderful work that they do.

This November join me in saluting the men and women who provide care for many of our most frail. Take a moment and send a note, a prayer or even just a kind thought in their direction. Be thankful for your good health if you have never needed their care and take comfort in knowing that this dedicated group of healthcare professionals and paraprofessionals will be there for you when needed, just as they have been there to help millions of others.

Terry J. Shade

Terry Shade is the executive director of Lutheran Home Care & Hospice and CEO of LIFE Lutheran Services, a ministry of Lutheran Social Services of southcentral Pennsylvania.

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