During November the home care and hospice community honor the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in our health care system and in homes across the nation. To recognize their efforts, we call upon all Americans to commemorate the power of caring, both at the home and in their local communities and join with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) by celebrating November as Home Care and Hospice Month.
NAHC and its affiliate Hospice Association of America (HAA) honor National Hospice Month with the theme Home Care and Hospice Deliver Freedom. Hospice provides pain control and palliative care to patients who are terminally ill. It also addresses their social, spiritual, and emotional needs, along with those of their family members. For decades, patients have counted on hospice to give them comfort, peace, and closure in the twilight of life.