Home Care and Hospice Month is here! One way we're celebrating is by asking our wonderful home health and hospice clients why they're thankful to be in the industry.
We asked our clients five questions ranging from the most fulfilling thing about working in home care or hospice to ways their facility celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday. Here's what they said:
What's the most fulfilling thing about working in the home care or hospice industry?
"Assisting families with keeping their loved ones at home during their end-of-life journey."
~ Aimee - Kindred Hospice
"Meeting people and listening to their stories."
~ Michele - American Mercy Homecare
"Taking some complex issue and breaking it down so that patient/families needs are met."
~ Tracey - Big Bend Hospice
What's your favorite way that your agency celebrates or honors patients and families you serve? Do you have special practices or routines for honoring them?
"Hospice clients are able to enjoy meals free of charge from restaurants that participate to ease the burden of meal making."
~ Sherry - VNA & Hospice of The Southwest Region, Inc.
"Many of our clients and residents served in the military. There is always a beautiful send off as the body leaves the community. We participate in the 'We Honor Veterans' program. Our staff members salute and pray for the person."
~ Shayan - Silverado Hospice
"Each year an art piece is created with a remembrance of some sort for every patient who died. We have these displayed throughout our offices. It is very visual and makes the loss of each patient felt. We have wreaths with ribbons, sand art with each patient represented by a different color, trees painted with leaves for each patient, candles in shadow boxes, and many more."
~ Laura - Hospice of the Piedmont
What are you most thankful for at work each day?
"To be able to do what I love. I have been a biller for Home Health and Hospice for 28 years."
~ Denise - Providence at Home
"The ability to do something fulfilling while providing for my family."
~ Jessica - Summit Medical Center
"That I can come here and feel good about what I do and who I serve."
~ Sharon - Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care
Does your agency do anything special to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday?
"We have a pot luck and we go around the room and say what we are thankful for."
~ Jovan - Adventist Health Castle Home Care
"Each holiday our AE comes up with special events and recognition for assisting our patients - sending them cards or a meal to let them know we are here for them during and around holiday time."
~ Billie - Intrepid USA Home Healthcare Services
"We celebrate Thanksgiving by collecting food for the needy and putting baskets together for the less fortunate."
~ Christina - CHI Health at Home
What, if any, changes are coming to your industry that you're grateful for?
"Expanding our service coverage area."
~ Stephanie - Lorian Home Systems, Inc.
"I'm happy that things are becoming more electronic. Computers make our lives easier and communication is better."
~ Tammy - Diversified Health Management
"The increased awareness of the importance of home care and hospice for the elderly population."
~ April - LHC Group
Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey! We are thankful for all of you, and it gives us great satisfaction to know our products and services help make each day a little easier for you and your clients.