Private Duty Home Care Plays Essential Role in Continuum of Care
Highlighted during November as National Home Care & Hospice Month
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Barbara D. Woolley
Washington, D.C. (November 1, 2012) There is never a good time to get sick and need help, but when you do there is an entire industry ready to help patients get back on their feet againall in the comfort of their own homes. During National Home Care & Hospice month this November, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) are shining a light on the benefits of home care and hospice and the golden opportunity ahead to increase access to in-home care.
The theme for this year is The Right Care at the Right Place at the Right Time. There is a critical missing link in national health care policy since Medicare is designed to cover acute-care costsnot long term-care costs. So whether the patient is discharged from a hospital or just needs support to stay home, private duty home care is there with skilled care and personal care support. The cost for private duty care ends up being paid by the family, unless the patient qualifies for veterans benefits or Medicaid.
Research conducted by AARP shows that nearly 90 percent of seniors wish to remain in their own homes as they age, otherwise known as aging in place. Living independently, under their own rules, is seniors key reason for staying at home. And even as they need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care, close to 90 percent would prefer to receive that care at home. This is where private duty care can step in and provide non-skilled services such as aid in bathing, dressing and grooming; medication compliance; nutrition and dietary compliance management; exercise and therapy reinforcement; light housekeeping and laundry.
Private duty home care can give patients that extra set of hands to cope with the tolls of aging and chronic disease, said Shelle Womble, PDHCA Chairman. Health consumerism will lead to a greater demand for these services in the future.
The latest data from the Department of Labor shows that home care has boomed as America ages and the baby boomers begin entering their golden years. Home health aides and personal care aides are among the top five occupations projected to see the largest increase in jobs by 2020 as more people need their services than ever before.
For more information on November as National Home Care and Hospice Month, and Home Care Aide Week (November 11-17, 2012), visitwww.nahc.org.
The Private Duty Homecare Association (PDHCA) was established by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). It is a trade association of home care providers dedicated to helping the ill and disabled remain in their own homes. PDHCA services will focus on providing valuable information to its members, including help in understanding federal guidelines, financial management assistance, networking, business strategy meetings, certification and accreditation, and new product offerings. PDHCA is designed to answer all the questions that private duty home care providers may have regarding their businesses and practices.