March 2014: Get ready to shine a spotlight on volunteers

Volunteers provide essential services to hospice and home care companies across the nation. We couldn’t do it without them – and I’m sure all of us try to make it a point to let them know that we appreciate them. A great opportunity to do that is coming up next month. National Volunteer Week is April 6-April 13. It’s also a great time to recognize the efforts of staff members who take the time to volunteer elsewhere in the community.

  • Start off the week by distributing appreciative cards personalized with your agency’s logo. Include a small token to help make their day, such as a piece of candy to correspond to the card’s message. Get them at
  • Host a volunteer appreciation luncheon. Recognize your top volunteers with gifts of appreciation personalized with your agency’s logo. Get them at
  • Make sure all your volunteers know how much you value their health. Hand out bottles of personalized, pocket-size bottles Mist-a-Germ hand sanitizing spray.Get them at

This April is National Minority Health Month. It’s time to step up your efforts to reach out to your community’s aging minority populations. In addition to different minority groups having an increased risk of developing certain diseases, other factors also contribute to minority health disparities, including language barriers and income levels.  

National Public Health Week is April 4-April 13. It’s a great time to promote your agency while also working to improve the overall health of your community.

  • Participate in community health fairs this month. Be sure to have stacks of disease-specific flyers on hand to distribute to attendees. Get them at
  • Make sure the physicians in your service area know the rules when it comes to referring to home care by giving them a handy pocket guide to Medicare. Help them learn what’s appropriate and improve your community’s overall health in the process. Get it at
  • Give patients and potential patients a powerful tool to help track and improve their personal health. Health log books and patient scorecard logs personalized to your agency not only empower them to take better care of themselves, but they help physicians get the information they need, and also serve as a constant reminder of your agency and its services. Get them at and