Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker recently signed proclamations designating November 2015 as National Home Care and Hospice Month.
During the month of November, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) celebrates National Home Care Month, National Hospice Month and Home Care Aide Week. During this month, HSHS Home Care Southern Illinois and HSHS Hospice Southern Illinois are celebrating the home care and hospice community, and honoring the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapist and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in the health care system and in homes across the nation.
The proclamations signed by Mayor Bloemker state that home care provides high quality, compassionate and skilled health care services to those in need, especially at times of community or personal health care crisis; and hospice and palliative care empower people to live as fully as possible, surrounded and supported by family and loved ones, despite serious and life-limiting illness. As such, the Mayor proclaims November as National Home Care and Hospice Month, and encourages the support and participation of all citizens in learning more about home care concepts of care for the elderly, disabled, and infirm, as well as increase their understanding and awareness of care at the end of life.
Joining the Mayor as he signed the proclamations were representatives from HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, HSHS Home Care Southern Illinois and HSHS Hospice Southern Illinois. Home care and hospice services are a collaboration with sister hospitals, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital – Effingham, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital – Belleville, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital – Breese and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital – Highland, to provide home health services to an expanded region across the Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) Southern Illinois Division service area. HSHS Home Care Southern Illinois and HSHS Hospice Southern Illinois serve the communities of 22 counties across the state of Illinois.
The focus of HSHS Home Care and Hospice is on the health needs of the individual in a family setting, allowing the patients to attain and maintain their highest level of independent living, dignity, and comfort. HSHS Home Care and Hospice caregivers collaborate with the patient’s family and their physician to provide skilled nursing and therapies, manage pain, coordinate medications, and address their spiritual and emotional needs.