This month we join health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and others in celebrating Men’s Health Month. Anchored by a Congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month is celebrated throughout the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education activities.
The goal? To increase awareness of preventable health problems and encourage earlydetection and treatment of disease among men.
This year’s theme mirrors the last: Awareness. Prevention. Education. Family.
Home healthcare helps provide quality care for over 1.4 million men in their own homes by skilled and highly trained clinicians. Awareness and prevention are key to keeping Medicare home health patients healthy and happy at home!
Be Aware: Not all Medicare beneficiaries know that home healthcare is available –an option that lets patients be treated where they’re most comfortable. Learn if you’re eligible for Medicare coverage of home healthcare and find out more about your options.
Get Treated: 86% of home health users have three or more chronic conditions. Home healthcare helps patients avoid the risk of hospitalization including infection, delirium, depression, infection, and functional decline. Studies have shown that the frail and elderly have a 23.3% risk of being unable to return home after even a very short hospitalization.
Get the Facts: Approximately 59.2% of Medicare beneficiaries receiving home healthcare have an annual income under $25,000. This skyrockets to 81% for minority populations. Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare is helping to ensure that skilled home health services remain an option for those who need them most. Check out the issues we’re working on with Congress to make sure that home healthcare remains a priority.
For many men, home healthcare plays an important part in ensuring quality, preventative care in the most comfortable space: Home. Together, we can continue advocating for Congress to meet seniors’ needs and reducing American healthcare costs through home healthcare.