November is National Home Health Care and Hospice Month. This month, American Senior Communities would like to recognize the passion and dedication these people put into their work and the invaluable contributions they make toward achieving the goals of the senior care industry. Here are some interesting facts about home health care from the National Association for Home Care and Hospice:
- About 12 million people in the United States require some form of home health care.
- There are more than 33,000 home health care providers in the U.S.
- The majority of home health care recipients are women; in fact, they make up nearly two thirds of all home health care recipients.
- The most common conditions that require home health care are diabetes, heart failure, chronic skin ulcers, osteoarthritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure).
And here are a few facts about hospice care from the Hospice Action Network:
- The majority of hospice care in the U.S. takes place in the home.
- Hospice usage is growing; more than 1.6 million people are cared for by hospice providers every year.
- Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans.
- An estimated 430,000 volunteers contribute more than 19 million hours of service to the hospice industry every year.
If you employ a home health care worker, or have a friend or family member who works in the home health care or hospice care fields, be sure to find a way to thank them this November. Our nation’s home health care workers and hospice workers give their all every day in jobs that can be difficult at times, and they’ll appreciate knowing that the community recognizes everything they do for us. To all the home health care and hospice workers across the country, American Senior Communities would like to thank you for all that you do!