Celebrating Home Health and Hospice Month

Each November across the country, agencies providing home health and hospice services honor the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in our healthcare system and in homes across the nation. To recognize their efforts, we ask everyone to commemorate the power of caring, both at the their homes and in their local communities, and ask them to join with the healthcare community by celebrating November as Home Care and Hospice Month.

Home Health and Hospice in Estes Park serves the community by offering a range of services on a continuum of care including skilled nursing care; physical, occupational and speech therapies; social work and spiritual counseling; and additional services provided by volunteers and certified nursing assistants. Two important areas of care we provide include:

Skilled Home Health Care

These services can include medication management, wound care, infusion therapy, home safety, education, and more. These services require a physician’s order and are provided in the patient’s own home. We provide access to an on-call nurse 24 hours a day. In most cases, insurance providers stipulate that a patient must be home-bound and need intermittent, skilled services to qualify for this service.

Hospice

These services include pain, medication, and symptom management for patients who are terminally ill. Hospice addresses the physical, social, spiritual, and emotional needs of the patient. Support and education are provided to patients, caregivers, and families. There is access to an on-call nurse 24 hours a day. Hospice can assist patients to live the last phase of their life’s journey fully with a sense of dignity and respect. Many are surprised to learn that hospice care can improve quality of life and may even prolong the lives of some people who receive care.

Estes Park Health Home Health and Hospice is a Medicare/Medicaid-certified agency and is licensed by the State of Colorado. We are the only Medicare-certified home care and hospice agency in the Estes Valley. We work with most insurance companies and offer private pay options.

For more information about home health and/or hospice care please call 970-586-2273. We are open for business and we are committed to serving you!

In honor of Home Health and Hospice month, each week in November, we will feature some words about our local home health and hospice agency from a current team member. This week Betsy Hill-Raymond, clinical manager writes:

“The EPH Home Health & Hospice department was started locally in 1985. I joined the team in 2007. I have had opportunities to care for a variety of people in their homes. I will never forget my first hospice patient. We were able to help the family provide care at home and the patient was able to pass away peacefully surrounded by love. I also recall the elderly widow who needed help with medications and wound care, and the young man with a blood disorder whose youth was an impossible loss for his parents to bear. And then there are the long-term care patients who, with weekly help with medications, can remain at home independently. All of you have impacted me in some way.

Between then and now, many changes have occurred, but one constant has remained: home health and hospice services and its ongoing availability. With every challenge, be it flood, fire, or pandemic, we have remained committed and dedicated to providing compassionate healthcare services to people in their homes. I have so many memories from my years of experience, and I am grateful for each one. It has been a privilege to be invited into people’s homes and lives and I have been honored to be there. I know we make a difference, and I am proud of that.”

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