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National Home Care Month Celebrated in November:Alliance Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice joins providers statewide in honoring Ohio's home health care industry

November 3, 2006

Members of local home health care agency Alliance Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice are joining home health care providers across Ohio and the nation in marking November as National Home Care Month. 

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The month-long celebration is themed “Compassionate Care Delivered to Your Doorstep.â€

 

AVNAH has more than 60 employees serving 400 patients.  The agency covers a geographic area that includes Stark, Columbiana, Mahoning, Carroll and <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Portage counties.

 

“During November, we honor our patients who have chosen to remain in their homes with their families,†said Lin Sever, R.N., M.S.N.  “We also recognize the significant commitment our staff makes each day to care for those patients, providing essential services that allow them to be cared for at home, regardless of their medical condition.â€

 

In honor of National Home Care Month, AVNAH, along with Caring Hands, Inc. and the Lifeline program, will be hosting a home care awareness day at AllianceCommunityHospital on Nov.16 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Cafe.  Agency staff will be available to provide information about all aspects of home care services.  There will also be a raffle.

 

Through technological advances, home-delivered health care has grown far beyond basic professional nursing and home care aide services. Today's modern home care agency offers a variety of nursing, physical, occupational, respiratory and speech therapies; counseling, dietary, laboratory, dental, optical, pharmacy, podiatry, x-ray, medical equipment and home medical supplies; and personal care.


AVNAH is a member of the Ohio Council for Home Care, a statewide trade association working to educate Ohioans and policy makers on the demand for and cost-effectiveness of home health care services.  The number of Ohioans seeking home care services is growing steadily, and the demand for these services is occurring at the same time as there is increasing pressure on states to rein in Medicaid spending.  Ohio's home care program is the only Medicaid provider group in the state that has a waiting list.

 

Home and community-based care provides health care services to Ohioans from infancy to death.  While home health care is commonly thought of as a program for aging seniors, many patients in Ohio are medically fragile children and MR/DD patients.

 

Home care services are paid for by both public and private sources including direct payments from patients and families, private insurance and state and federal programs like Medicare and Medicaid.  Many services in Ohio are available through state agency funding streams, including the PASSPORT program for seniors and Medicaid and MR/DD programs for other Ohioans.

 

For more information about AVNAH, please call (330) 821-7055 or toll free at 1-866-821-7055 or visit the hospital's Web site at www.achosp.org. 

For more information on Ohio's home care industry, call the Ohio Council for Home Care at (614) 885-0434 or visit www.homecareohio.org.

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