More than 11 million Americans would rather be treated in the comfort of their own home when they are sick, than a hospital, nursing home or outside health care facility. Millions more will be added to our ranks in the near future. Our country's ability to maintain an effective health delivery system will be decided on how we care for venerable populations of Americans such as the aged, the chronically ill, the disabled and children. However, the increased health care demands from 77 million more retirees from the baby boomer generation will soon come to fruition. To manage cost and improve quality in an overstressed health delivery system we must initiate greater support for health care providers that fall outside the costly guise of institutional care. The only relevant choice to meet an increased demand for cost-effective, quality health care services is home health care. The combined need for continued acute care services with an expanding need for care of chronic illnesses will tax an already stressed system. Home Health presents itself as a viable solution meant to efficiently and effectively meet these needs. It is for this reason that we celebrate National Home Care Month this November. More than just providing excellent care where and when patients need and want it, home health saves American tax payers and commercial health insurers billions of health care dollars each year.
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 health professional caregivers have the answer. Modern home health has all the bell and whistles of hospital care, with the exception of surgery. Today, patients can receive everything from chemotherapy to shampoos. Home health providers work diligently to keep Americans in their homes, where they belong.