November is National Home Care Month
November is National Home Care Month. Why do we celebrate this? We celebrate because home care combines the benefit of technology while maintaining the single most important aspect of health care...the human touch. Furthermore, home care brings these two aspects together in the place where it is most desired...in the home.
Every year, home care workers drive almost five BILLION miles (more than twice what UPS drives globally) to bring necessary services and comfort to the many individuals receiving the benefits of home care. Not only are the sheer number of miles staggering, but the conditions under which many of these miles are logged is certainly noteworthy - blistering heat, snow, ice, thunder and rain storms, desolate rural roads, dangerous inner city streets.
Currently, home care workers are providing services to almost eight million individuals. There are some 83,000 home care workers providing this service.
All of this happens right here in each of your neighborhoods, whether you live in the towns or the rural areas of East Otter Tail County.
When your mother, father, sister, brother, and neighbor are struggling with a disability, dealing with a chronic or terminal illness, or recovering from a recent hospital stay, home care professional caregivers have the answer.
The commitment home care workers make to ensure their patients get the care they deserve is phenomenal. If ever there was a service that truly comes from the heart, it is the services home care workers provide. These workers are truly God's servants serving God's people.
Hubert Humphrey in his last speech stated:
"...the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped."
If the staff of Perham Memorial Home Care were the government, there would be absolutely no doubt in my mind as to the outcome of a moral test for these workers.
As we prepare for Thanksgiving and recall our many gifts, please remember the home care and hospice professionals who make a difference every day for our nation's seniors, disabled, and infirm. Please join me in thanking the staff of Perham Memorial Home Care for the commitment they have made to bring hope, dignity and peace of mind to your friends, neighbors, family, or self. Simply put, it would not be the same without them. Give your home care worker a hug, a big thank you and let him or her know how much he or she has changed your life.
Dan Peterson, Perham Memorial Home Care