Bring the Vote Home Releases New Polling Data & Launches a New Website

One year out from the 2016 general elections, Bring The Vote Home has released the results of new polling data, which surveyed more than 2,000 registered voters over age 65.

This polling data revealed that American seniors want a candidate who will be an advocate for them on issues specific to those over 65, including healthcare. The poll also concluded that individual states have room to improve helping seniors cast their vote, with only four in 10 seniors indicating their state does a good job educating homebound seniors on how to register or obtain an absentee ballot.

For this reason, Bring The Vote Home has also launch a brand new website to offer seniors, disabled Americans, and their healthcare clinicians the information they need to register to vote and receive an absentee ballot!

Bring The Vote Home was originally developed so that Medicare home health patients (who are homebound) could fully participate in the democratic process. BTVH has expanded to offer additional resources, including information about their lawmakers’ views on home health and senior polling data on the views and opinions of American seniors.

Learn more about Bring The Vote Home by visiting the new website and from the infographic below:

Remember to Honor our Veterans

Today is Veterans Day, an important time for Americans to pause and consider the sacrifices that have been made by our country’s servicemen and women. Even against great odds, they have defended our way of life with valor and steadfast devotion.

Our appreciation for those who have served our country should go beyond just a single day – especially as they grow older. As veterans age, it’s crucial that we ensure our nation’s heroes are able to access quality, cost-efficient, and dignified care.

In 1972, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) program, which provides primary care services to veterans in their homes.

Since HBPC was created, the program as reduced preventable emergency room visits and inpatient hospital days for veterans, resulting in a 24 percent decrease in total healthcare costs.

In 2014, the VA expanded veterans’ access to home healthcare through the Caregiver Support Program, allowing Caregiver Support Coordinators to assist family caregivers of veterans and providing services to aid in caring for their loved ones.

There’s no way to fully repay the debt we owe to those who have served our country, but we can help show our gratitude and give back by providing necessary care in the best possible setting as our veterans grow older. Home healthcare has clearly become one of the single most important aspects of care for veterans.

The home healthcare community celebrates Veteran’s Day every day as we dedicate ourselves to improving the lives of those who defended ours.

Happy National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month, which is a time to recognize the valuable role family caregivers play in the lives of America’s home health patients.  Many of Medicare’s home health patients are able to remain at home – and out of institutional settings – while receiving essential care services because of the collective support of home health professionals and their family caregivers.

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Nearly 89% of seniors say they want to age in place, or live independently and remain in their own homes while receiving care. However, home health patients are more likely to live and they are also some of the poorest, sickest, and most vulnerable beneficiaries in the Medicare program, underscoring the critical importance of family caregivers.

Without family caregivers, it would be much more difficult to coordinate and provide the care our seniors need and deserve – and we want to say thank you!

Our friends at the Caregiver Action Network have many tools to help family caregivers.  There are many ways you can learn more about the role family caregivers play for home healthcare patients and how you can say thanks, including:

  1. Hear stories from family caregivers or submit your own
  2. Read through the Caregiver Action Network family caregiver toolbox
  3. Visit a forum to discuss issues caregivers deal with frequently