New Attention to the Role of Home Care
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice recently congratulated Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as she returned home to continue to receive important treatment and therapy through home healthcare. The Association noted that Americans who are following Giffords’ recovery may become more aware of the critically important work of home care professionals, who provide care every day to homebound, elderly and infirm Americans in the comfort of their own homes.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) believes that ensuring the right to be cared for in our homes is America’s last great civil rights battle. Home care and hospice professionals connect with patients in a more personal, more humane way. Beyond simply tending to healthcare needs, they provide social interaction, meeting with individuals who in many cases would otherwise be alone and left in the shadows.
"The care that is given through home health and hospice is second to none, especially with the advances in tele-health technology," said Val J. Halamandaris, president of NAHC. "Plus, all of this occurs in the comfort of the patient’s own home, at a much reduced cost to Medicare and insurance companies. I know Congresswoman Giffords is in good hands."
As more Americans take advantage of new policies in the recent healthcare legislation that allow them more access to home care and hospice, the demand for qualified home health aides, registered nurses and other care providers will grow. Job growth in the industry is expected to increase an astounding 48 percent by 2018. In 2009, the average home care visit cost $135 per day, versus the average hospital visit, which cost $1500 a day. Preventive home healthcare saves Medicare and Medicaid billions of dollars per year.
Today, millions of America’s seniors and disabled citizens depend on home care services to remain healthy, stable and out of costly traditional settings. For decades, caring for the elderly, disabled and chronically ill at home has provided a dignified and high-efficient method of treatment. Home-based care is also clinically effective, utilizing advanced technologies and helping to cost-effectively manage chronic diseases that account for 75 percent of our nation’s healthcare spending.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 10 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying.
Learn More About In-Home Care Services
Visit the Right at Home website to find resources for seniors and families, and to learn more about the many ways in-home care helps recovering patients and older adults remain comfortable and safe in their own homes.
Right at Home, Inc. is a national organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those we serve. We fulfill that mission through a dedicated network of locally owned, franchised providers of in-home care services.