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According to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, November is Home Care and Hospice Month. The organization states that during November, nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers are honored for the difference they make in their patients lives. NAHC encourages everyone to recognize and commemorate the efforts of these healthcare workers.

What is Hospice and Home Care?

While home care is any kind of health care that takes place in a private residence, hospice is a very specific type of care. The Hospice Foundation of America says that, typically, hospice is provided to patients whose disease is unlikely to be cured and focuses on maintaining or improving the quality of life with therapy that targets physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. Hospice is also often provided in patients’ private residences.  

A Brief History of Hospice

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization writes that in medieval times, the word “hospice” was used to refer to a place of shelter for weary or ill travelers after a long journey. It wasn’t until 1948 that the physician Dame City Saunders used the term in reference to specialized care for the terminally ill.

Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, hospice care was increasingly recommended and became much more common. Much of this stemmed from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s 1969 book On Death in Dying, which not only advocated for hospice care but also identified the five stages in which terminally ill patients progress—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

Let PLR Help You Prepare

The ailments that are associated with hospice can strike at any time. If this happens, make sure you’re prepared with PLR’s long-term care insurance. While LTC insurance may not always specifically cover hospice care, it will help with a range of costs related to long-term healthcare. Getting sick can come with a lot of stresses. With PLR, the cost of treatment won’t be one of them.
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