Dare County Declared November Home Health & Hospice Month
Each November in the United States, home care and hospice workers are recognized for the difference they make for their patients and their families. Home care and hospice services play a central role in healthcare systems and homes across the nation. This month, Dare Home Health & Dare Hospice staff requested Dare County Commissioners declare November Home Care and Hospice Month in Dare County. A proclamation was proposed and signed at the November 19, 2018 board meeting.
Home care services allow for the patient’s health and psychosocial needs to be addressed, while improving health outcomes. Hospice services offer palliative care through an interdisciplinary approach with the goal of supporting the end of life needs of the patients and their families.
Home care and hospice are essential health care services in the United States, as it provides the potential to provide the greatest savings for patients and their families, while providing care in the privacy of their own home. It is estimated that ten thousand Americans turn 65 every day, causing health care needs to continue to rise and costs to increase.
“Dare Home Health & Dare Hospice provide services that allow patients to receive care in their own home, surrounded by their loved ones,” commented Holly Meekins, Nursing Director at Dare County Department of Health & Human Services. “Our services help to preserve patient independence and dignity by keeping them in their homes. These services can prevent individuals from requiring placement in institutional care facilities, while reducing caregiver’s burden.”
Dare Home Health & Dare Hospice are programs of the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ Public Health Division and staffed with dedicated nurses, home care aides, therapists and social workers. For more information on Dare Home Health & Dare Hospice, please call 252.475.5028 or visit darenc.com/hhs.
Photo Caption: Pictured is part of the Home Health & Hospice Services Team before a recent staff meeting.