November is Home Care and Hospice Month

Picture12During November the home care and hospice community honors 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 New Hampshire and the country.

This year’s theme is Home Care and Hospice Deliver Freedom.

You can honor National Home Care Month by recognizing your home care team’s dedicated staff and volunteers! Say “thank you” by sharing their photos and stories about providing home care.

The following are some easy ways to say “thank you” this month:

  • Consider honoring the different types of home care providers and their areas of specialty on specific days or weeks in November.
  • Enlist the help of local businesses in placing a public service announcement or paid advertisement with your local television or radio stations and newspapers, announcing National Home Care Month and thanking your agency’s employees and volunteers.
  • Ask patients and their families to sign a giant “thank you” card for staff and volunteers.
  • Distribute cookies or other treats with a special message thanking personnel for their time and commitment.
  • Post a message in your company’s e-mail system and on its paycheck stubs or envelopes thanking your staff and wishing them a happy home care month.
  • Honor your employees and volunteers with special gifts, such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, and bags honoring the importance of home care.
  • Create an in-house bulletin board profiling each of your employees and volunteers.
  • Host an “Employee and Volunteer of the Year” awards event, recognizing the top staff members from each division of your organization.
  • Host a breakfast, luncheon, picnic, or banquet honoring all of your employees and volunteers. Invite patients and their families, public officials, and your board of directors to come and show their appreciation.

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