Did you know that November is National Home Care Month?
This month, we give thanks to the home health aides who strive to make a difference in both the patients' and their family members' lives. Every day, caregivers, therapists, social workers and nurses all over the country choose to put others before themselves to make an impact on the growing elderly population. Val J. Halamanadaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, believes health aides deserve an enormous amount of recognition, especially during November.
"It is highly appropriate in November that we celebrate the nurses, therapists, aides, and other providers who choose to use their lives to serve our country's aged, disabled and dying," she said. "No work is nobler, and no group is more deserving of our respect and admiration. Their goal is helping society's weakest members live the fullest lives they can. By marrying high tech with high touch, home care professionals and volunteers allow patients to get care at home where they can be with the ones they love."
Show appreciation for health aides
Whether you're the loved one of a patient or peer of a health care worker, it's important to show appreciation for the health home aides in the community. Home Care Aide Week, which takes place Nov. 13-19, is week-long, nationwide celebration to recognize the individuals who have helped to shape the health care system. So how can you celebrate? There are numerous ways to show gratitude for health home aides, but the NHM suggested the following:
- Ask patients, families and community members to sign a large thank-you card for the staff members.
- Give employees and volunteers a personalized gift, such as a coffee mug or t-shirt.
- Host a banquet to honor all the home health aides in the community.
- Reach out to local businesses about sponsoring an advertisement in the newspaper or on the radio that recognizes the hard work of your communities' workers and volunteers.
- Bake a variety of cookies and treats to distribute throughout the week.
- Verbalize your appreciation with a simple "thank you."
Other members working in the health care community can recognize caregivers, too. Rita Altman, senior vice president of Memory Care & Program Service at Sunrise, said it's been an amazing journey seeing such compassion and love given to patients by home health aides all around.
"Time and time again, I am inspired and humbled by the caring and serving hearts of the frontline caregivers who work so carefully and closely with persons with memory loss," she said. "Thanks to their attitude of empathy, combined with their skillful methods of providing person-centered approaches in all they do, I have witnessed countless amazing outcomes."
Dignity Home Care
At Sunrise, we honor the services of Certified Home Health Aides who provide care to those in need every day. Our Dignity Home Care program offers a range of care options, providing service to those recovering from surgery and those who need assistance performing everyday tasks and activities. CHHA also bring care to seniors simply seeking companionship and those who are near the end stage of their lives, no matter if they're in their private home residence, senior living community, nursing home, hospital or hospice. Regardless of the location and situation, seniors and their family members can count on Certified Home Health Aides. For more information, click here.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living