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November Is National Home Care And National Hospice Month

November Is National Home Care And National Hospice Month

Tips From Experts To Help Family Members In Need

More than 7.5 million Americans receive daily home-delivered health care from nearly one million caregivers. Each November, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) celebrates National Home Care and National Hospice Month to honor the men and women who have dedicated their lives to caring for others.

"Helping the elderly while they are in poor health to remain as comfortable and happy as possible in their own home is NAHC’s main goal," says Val Halamandaris, president of NAHC. "Dedicated people spend their days taking care of those who can no longer care for themselves, making them silent heroes who should be recognized and thanked all year ’round," he continued.

When you or a loved one become ill or need home care, it can be a very difficult and confusing time for a family. In order to help people make the difficult decision regarding who will care for their loved ones in their final days, NAHC has compiled advice to help family members decide on the right time to consider home care and how to ensure their loved ones are being well provided for. "Signs it is Time to Consider Home Care" and "Questions to Ask When Choosing a Home Care Provider" are vital for those people who must make this vital decision.

Signs it is Time to Consider Home Care/Hospice:

  • The patient is consistently short of breath, unable to eat, sleeping excessively, and experiencing increasing pain.
  • The patient has started to withdraw from life and/or family and friends.
  • The doctor has stated that the patient’s condition is not curable and that there are no more medical options.
  • The patient has expressed they are ready to die but the family is not ready to let go.
  • The treatment the patient is receiving seems no longer to be helping or working but prolonging the inevitable.
  • Financial issues are becoming more challenging.
  • The patient is unable to do everyday chores such as dressing themselves, going to the toilet or bathing without assistance.
  • It is becoming harder for the caregiver to take care of the patient.

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