November is a special time of year for us at Homecare Advocate because we get to celebrate two of our favorite honorable events throughout the month–National Family Caregivers Month and Homecare Month! This November, we’re giving THANKS for the people, products, and services that help you live at home.
Let’s start with a brief overview of the big picture of homecare and the role of family caregivers.
NO PLACE LIKE HOMEcare
Homecare enables people to remain in their homes, connected to the community, with their family and loved ones, & maintain a higher level of independence.
Numerous studies substantiate homecare as a viable alternative to nursing homes & institutional care for its cost effectiveness, better recovery rate, overwhelming preference by those receiving care. In fact, a recent study by AARP showed that 89% of people 55 & older want to remain in their current home as long as possible.
Homecare is a part of the solution to our nation’s health care crisis. Urge your members of Congress to protect this valuable benefit.
More than 1 in 5 US households are involved in helping care for a person older than age 18.
591,666 family caregivers in TN provided free care to loved ones in the home in 2004. This free care saved Tennessee $6.3 billion that would have otherwise been spent on formal caregiving by traveling nurses or an institutional setting.
Stand up for these caregivers who keep their loved ones at home by contacting your elected officials & telling them about the importance of protecting family caregivers and preserving homecare. This month, we honor & recognize these informal caregivers who keep loved ones at home where they benefit from homecare and have a higher quality of life.
We’re also collecting stories from our readers on how homecare and/or caregiving has impacted your life. If you would like to contribute, please e-mail us at advocate(AT)lambertshc.com.
Happy Homecare Month!