Throughout the month, communities across the country will honor the millions of nurses, home care aids, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference in the lives of the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in healthcare systems and in homes across the nation. To recognize their efforts, Holzer joins with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) by celebrating November as Home Care and Hospice Month.
“It is highly appropriate in November that we celebrate the nurses, therapist, aides, and other providers who choose to use their lives to serve our countries aged, disabled, and dying,” said Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC President. He added that “no work is nobler, and no group is more deserving of our respect and admiration. Their goal is helping society’s weakest members live the fullest lives they can. By marrying high tech with high touch, home care professionals and volunteers allow patients to get care at home where they can be with the ones they love.”
Hospice care focuses on quality of life rather than quantity, which is the focus of curative care. Holzer Hospice is a licensed, certified hospice program providing in-home services and with contracted nursing home agencies to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. The program provides medical symptom management by the patient's attending physician in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team of skilled practitioners and volunteers. The hospice team provides support and care for patients and their families when it is needed most. Many people mistakenly believe that hospice services are only for those patients who have cancer. The fact is that in 2014, only 36 percent of hospice patients were diagnosed with cancer while the remaining 64 percent had non-cancer diagnoses.
Home care and hospice are poised to play a key role in coming years. A wide range of forces is joining to push care away from nursing homes and drive it toward home and community-based care. Based on the demographics and dollars, experts agree that the destiny of health care lies in the home. The first of the 78 million baby boomers turned 65 last year, and the rest of the boomers will reach their golden years in the next two decades, making health care dollars grow even scarcer. The most important trend in health care is the shift from hospitals and nursing homes to home care, from treatment to proactive monitoring and care.
With Home Care services, people not only recover faster, but are happier and healthier when they can receive personalized, compassionate care in their own home. Holzer Home Care staff respect the fact that it’s your home, and that you must trust the people you invite in to provide your care. Highly skilled and dedicated health care professionals, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, licensed therapists and home health aides make up our staff. Our on-call staff is available 24 hours a day to ensure your needs are met at all times. Holzer has been providing home health services for more than 30 years, and is proud that we have consistently received high marks for quality care and patient satisfaction.
For more information on Holzer Home Care or Hospice Services, please visit www.holzer.org or call 1-888-225-1135 for Holzer Home Care or 740-446-5074 for Holzer Hospice.
The Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) recently hosted State Senator Joe Uecker for an afternoon in Scioto County that included a meeting about the Music and MemorySM project with Veterans who are enrolled in the Veteran Self-Directed Program through the Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). The AAA7 is partners in the program with the VAMC that allows Veterans to self-direct the long-term care services they receive in their home. Senator Joe Uecker had a delightful visit with program recipient Charles Yeley and his family in Portsmouth, Ohio. Mr. Yeley, a World War II Veteran, participates in the Music and MemorySM program and enjoys his individual iPod and personalized musical playlist that helps him better cope with his health conditions.
Pictured above are, left to right, Keshia Kelley with the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, Senator Joe Uecker, Jackie Evans-Yeley, Charles Yeley, and Merritt Sessor with the Area Agency on Aging District 7.
The VAMC and AAA7 have teamed with the Ohio Department of Aging in a coordinated statewide approach to provide Music and MemorySM to Ohio’s Veterans, their caregivers, and others with cognitive impairment in home and community-based settings. Music and MemorySM is an innovative approach to care developed by New York social worker Dan Cohen that uses personalized playlists on digital music players to help people with dementia and other chronic conditions focus and reconnect with the world around them.
Nationally, the primary focus has been on implementing Music and MemorySM in nursing homes and other care facilities; however, Ohio’s effort has been the first effort of its’ kind in this country to make the program available to individuals and families in home and community-based settings.
Recently, the AAA7 recognized the Chillicothe VAMC for its efforts with this project through the Agency’s Community Partnership of the Year Award that was presented at its recent Appreciation Brunch.
For more information, call 1-800-582-7277.
The Earl Neff Pediatric Fund at Holzer continues to be supported enthusiastically by area businesses and organizations. The Pediatric Fund, in existence for over 45 years, has supplied needed toys, equipment and entertainment to the thousands of pediatric patients who have received care at Holzer Gallipolis Medical Center’s Inpatient Pediatric Unit.
Marchi’s Carry-Out, represented in the photo by Mike Marchi (left), and Gallipolis Emblem Club, represented by Karen McGhee (right), are recent sponsors.
The entire staff of Holzer joins in expressing their gratitude, along with the young children and their families, for these generous contributions to the Earl Neff Pediatric Fund. For more information, please call Linda Jeffers-Lester, Manager, Holzer Heritage Foundation, at (740) 446-5217.
Holzer Chaplaincy Department recently recognized Pastoral Care Week October 16 through 22. In recognition of the week, Holzer held its Volunteer Chaplaincy Association Annual Conference, featuring guest speaker Nora Stanger. Stanger is an Author and Lecturer, who presented on Appreciating Appalachian Culture. Stanger touched on the importance of relationships in the Appalachian culture, and the role that Chaplains play in healing.
Three scholarships representing memorial nursing scholarship funds were recently awarded to members of the Holzer nursing staff to assist them in advancing their education.
Audrey McWilliams, BSN, RN, Holzer Jackson ASC, and Misty Althouse, LPN, Athens Pediatrics, were the recipients of the Mary Scully Thomas, RN, and Homer B. Thomas, MD, Memorial Nursing Scholarships. In addition, Nicole Baker, Holzer Lifeline, received the Karen Hudson Memorial Scholarship.
McWilliams joined Holzer in November 2011 in the Urgent Care department at Holzer Jackson Clinic and later transferred to Plastic Surgery and is now in the Ambulatory Surgery Center. She recently completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Ohio University. She lives in Wellston, Ohio with her husband, Alex, and son, Braxton.
Misty Althouse, LPN, joined Holzer in May 2015 in Athens Pediatrics. She is currently attending Hocking College in the Registered Nursing program. Althouse resides in Shade, Ohio, and has four children.