Local hospice marks Home Care Month
by Special to the Banner
Nov 10, 2013 | 697 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than 11 million Americans receive home-delivered health care from home care providers. In their honor, Family Home & Hospice Care joins the National Association for Home Care & Hospice in celebrating November as National Home Care Month.

“Caring for the sick, elderly, chronically ill and those recovering from a recent hospital stay in their homes is a privilege and a passion of ours,” said Karen Howell, executive director of Family Home & Hospice Care. “Home health care professionals and volunteers working with modern medicine make it possible for people to stay in their homes, regardless of their condition.”

Through technological advances, home-delivered health care has grown far beyond basic professional nursing and home care aide services. Today’s modern home care agency offers a wealth of nursing, physical, occupational, respiratory and speech therapies, counseling and dietary care.

Home care services are paid for by public and private sources, or directly by patients and their families. Third-party payers include commercial insurance, managed care organizations, CHAMPUS, and workers’ compensation. Medicare and state-run Medicaid are significant payers, often driving the payment agenda for commercial insurance. Despite massive cutbacks in government funding, home care continues to be the preferred means of receiving quality health care services for millions of Americans.

Family Home & Hospice Care acts as a Partner in Care with other community-based health care providers to deliver comprehensive in-home health and supportive services to home care patients to maximize the health and independence of all who qualify for and desire home-based health care services. The company’s giving team offers nursing as well as physical, occupational and speech therapies.

For more information, contact Christy Baldwin by phone at 423-464-0205 or by email at christy_baldwin@chs.net.