Mileage Study Press Conference Highlights: Max Richtman on the Compassion and Dedication that Home Care and Hospice Nurses Provide to Seniors
February 3, 2016 09:20 AM
On December 16, 2015, the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) held a press conference (see previous NAHC Report article here) to present the findings of a study documenting that nurses, therapists and home care aides who serve chronically ill, elderly and disabled patients drive nearly 8 billion miles each year. The press conference included remarks from a number of experts in the home care and hospice community, and NAHC Report is publishing a series of articles providing in-depth coverage of their remarks.
Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, as well as the Chair of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, in Washington, D.C. NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris introduced Richtman, saying they have known each other for a long time and that Richtman is someone who is extremely powerful in representing all of the senior groups. “I want to say publicly that there are few people in this world that I respect and admire more than Max Richtman,” Halamandaris said.
Richtman said it was an honor to participate in the event honoring “those dedicated and compassionate home care providers that care for our loved ones in our families. It is no small thing to recognize the challenges home care and hospice providers have to face.”
“We all know that most people that need this kind of care want to stay at home, and it’s less costly than providing care in a nursing home,” Richtman said. “It’s difficult to understand why there are so many obstacles to providing this kind of care. I’m here to join forces with Val and his team. Nobody has done more to knock down those obstacles than Val, his team, and his association. I’m honored to be here to be part of that effort.”
Richtman also shared his personal experience with home care. A home care nurse would come to the home five days a week to care for his mother; she “treated my mother like she was her mother.” After his mother died, the family brought her from the Chicago area back to Omaha, Nebraska, to be buried next to his father. When the family arrived at the cemetery, they saw his mother’s home care nurse at the gate. “She came to the funeral on her own,” he said. “It was quite an emotional time.” Richtman closed by congratulating the home care and hospice community on its accomplishments.
LCAO is a 72-member coalition of the nation’s non-profit organizations serving older Americans, including NAHC. It is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the well-being of America’s older population and provides a voice for seniors and their families in the ongoing debate on aging policy.
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Video footage of the press conference is currently available on the NAHC website (www.nahc.org).