Each year, the Department of Health and Human Services kicks off National Women’s Health Week following Mother’s Day. This year, they are focusing on the theme of “Becoming Well Women.”
While this week serves as a great opportunity for healthcare providers to think about ways to help women stay healthy, home healthcare providers are already focusing on caring for women in America every day of the year.
In fact, the nation’s home health community is largely made up of women. A recent Avalere analysis shows women make up:
- 90% of home health professionals
- 75% of family caregivers
- 60% of home health beneficiaries
Particularly for women in their senior years, home healthcare can provide necessary care so patients are able to remain independent at home. The Medicare home healthcare offers these patients access to clinically advanced, cost-effective care in the home that can keep women well by preventing further injuries and illnesses.
While home healthcare offers services, support, and resources to 2.1 million senior women year-round, National Women’s Health Week offers an opportunity for us to remember and honor the female patients we serve, their care teams and the important role home health has in helping them be well women!
Each May, we join the nation in celebrating Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions and discuss ways to help them stay healthy. This year, the Administration for Community Living is focusing on injury prevention with the theme “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”
Older Americans are at a higher risk of injury than the rest of our population, but home healthcare can help them stay safe, healthy, and independent well into their golden years.
Skilled home health offers a wide range of care for patients who are homebound or in need of skilled care, including: post-acute care, skilled nursing care for chronic conditions, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social services, and assistance with daily living.
Since the vast majority of seniors (89%) say they want to age in place (i.e., live independently and remain in their home), we must ensure that they can do so in a safe and healthy manner. Home healthcare can be instrumental in preventing unintentional injuries and unnecessary hospitalizations for our seniors.
While home healthcare provides services, support, and resources to 3.5 million seniors year-round, Older Americans Month offers an opportunity for us to remember and honor the patients we serve and the important role home health has in helping them improve their health today and a better tomorrow.