November is National Home Care Month, which is the perfect time to celebrate and show appreciation for the individuals who selflessly serve home health patients all over the nation. These caregivers are often underappreciated, and now more than ever, we need to express our gratitude towards these professionals. 

What is home care?

Home care includes, but is not limited to, a variety of services : medical, social, assistive, and other services provided for those who require follow-up care after a hospital stay or permanent care at home. A variety of personnel is required to provide this care, such as home health aides, nurses, social workers, therapists, and other direct-care staff. In some situations, newborns and their mothers may be eligible for receiving home care for maternal-infant care services. Individuals who require wound care services after a surgery may also be eligible for home care services, as well as those who require assistance with daily living skills such as bathing, feeding, and other forms of self-help. As you can tell, these professionals provide many different services to many different individuals, meeting any need they may have. 

Did you know?

Many home care providers will travel nearly eight billion miles per year to serve those in need. Ninety percent of Americans prefer to receive care in the comfort of their own home with their own families instead of the hospital setting away from relatives, and home care provides that opportunity. This makes home care the most convenient and preferred method among affected individuals and their families. Home care professionals are able to provide high-quality care to over five million Americans per year. Many health care providers have reported that they thoroughly enjoy home care because they can shift all of their focus and attention on the sole individual and their needs, rather than being pulled among 8-10 patients during a shift. These providers are able to establish good rapport and even develop healthy relationships with their patients and their families when they work in home care. 

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, now is the time to show your appreciation for these caregivers. This job is not for the faint of heart, and not everyone is cut out to do the job itself. So, home care professionals, we see you, and we are thankful for you—thankful for your encouragement in the good times, and your kindness and compassion in the hard times. Your work does not go unnoticed!



About the Author

Chelsea Woods has a Master’s degree in special education and is an Educational Diagnostician. Her passion is children, particularly children with special needs. Chelsea has been married to her husband Dylan for 6 years, and they have two girls, Kamdyn, five, and Emersyn, one. She enjoys time with her church family, working in their garden, and taking vacations and making memories as a family.