It's time to celebrate! National Home Care and Hospice Month is just days away!

It’s finally here! National Home Care and Hospice Month starts on Nov.  1! Honor the caregiving heroes who make an incredible difference in the lives of the patients and the families you serve.

Spend the month spreading the word about the great work done by home care and hospice professionals. Make sure to share the love with your staff! Here are some tips to help you get started.

  • Start with a visit to the websites of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to get the most up-to-date facts and statistics on home care and hospice, as well as resources to help you plan activities this National Home Care and Hospice Month.
  • Organize an open house to bring new people into your office and give you the opportunity to answer questions that community members may have about home health care or hospice. Have drawings for gift certificates and hand out coupon offers from your local vendors. Be sure to display a poster or flyer in all of your participating vendors’ establishments announcing your open house. Also promote it in senior centers, grocery stores, places of worship and local civic groups, such as the Lions Club or Rotary Club.
  • Present a Physician of the Year award to the doctor who has been most supportive of hospice or home care in your medical community. Be sure to send a news release to your local media outlets announcing the award.
  • Organize a community event such as a food drive for needy patients or a health fair for seniors.
  • Take out an ad in the local newspaper recognizing your staff’s efforts in helping seniors maintain health, wellness and independence at home. Include testimonials from patients and physicians.
  • Contact your local newspaper and propose a story about home care or hospice and how it helps the lives of patients. Be sure to have ready clients or the families of clients who can speak about the work you do. Don’t forget to make sure they’ve signed a media release.
  • Host luncheons throughout the month at your physician offices and specialty care clinics. Present a PowerPoint presentation at each that spells out the services your agency provides. Focus on how your specialty services can reduce rehospitalizations and improve patient outcomes. You can also include a session on how they can increase their reimbursements if they provide Care Plan Oversight (for home health or hospice) or Transitional Care Management services.
  • Go to your local assisted living facilities and independent living facilities and sponsor a local senior income planning or long-term care insurance forum. Leave the attendees with general information about home care services and tips for finding and financing home care services within their communities.
  • Present awards for Employee of the Year and Volunteer of the Year at a special awards event. Those people who are behind your agency’s success deserve recognition most of all. Give it to them. Don’t forget to highlight the recipients in your company newsletter and on your website.

Plan for October: Get ready for National Home Care and Hospice Month!

It’s here! National Home Care and Hospice Month is finally here! Well, almost. There are still a few weeks left before the celebrations start, but October is the time to kick your planning into high gear. November’s National Home Care and Hospice Month is a great month to not only celebrate the important work you do, but to draw positive community attention to your agency.

  • Use special National Home Care Month or National Hospice Month greeting cards, magnets and bookmarks to recognize the efforts of your employees, volunteers and referral partners – all the physicians, discharge planners, case managers, social workers and others who play a huge role in making your work possible. Find them at
  • As you educate the community about what home care or hospice care is all about, use informative flip charts to ensure referral sources know when it is appropriate to refer a patient to your services. Guidelines for Home Health Admission are personalized to your agency and list the diagnosis codes for more than 200 common conditions. Find them at: Guidelines for Hospice Flip Charts detail the admission guidelines for many common hospice diagnoses. Find them at
  • Demonstrate to referral sources that you are not only qualified, but have a proven record of assisting patients with a variety of conditions. Patient Outcomes Brochures for Physicians outline the services you offer per disease. They also provide real data about your quality outcomes and how they compare to your competitors. Find them at Find accompanying brochures for patients at
  • Distribute FAQ brochures about Home Care, Hospice or Private Duty care at health fairs and community events in November as you educate about your services. Brochures include answers to commonly asked questions about coverage, payment, services, eligibility and more. Find them at

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. As our nation’s senior population grows, more Americans will be living with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, about 5.4 million Americans already are living with the disease, making it the most common form of dementia.

  • Present a free class on staying mentally sharp at your area senior centers. The Exercise Your Brain class from the Health Matters Education Series offers an easy-to-follow presentation about ways to keep mentally fit to stave off problems in memory and thinking. Find it at
  • After the class, leave behind puzzle books personalized to your agency to not only keep these potential clients mentally engaged, but to create broader awareness of your agency and educate about the benefits of home health, hospice or private duty care. Find them at
  • Visit with local neurologists, geriatric psychiatrists and geriatricians to tell them about your Alzheimer’s program. Demonstrate your agency’s serious focus on working with Alzheimer’s patients by showing off your Alzheimer’s disease patient education guide. Find it at Leave behind stacks of your Alzheimer’s disease information brochures in their waiting rooms. Find them at

Diabetes is a condition that affects about 25.8 million children and adults in the United States, or about 8.3 percent of the population. Among older adults, the percentage skyrockets to nearly 27 percent. Position yourself as a local health care leader and make a commitment this American Diabetes Month to join the fight against diabetes and promote healthier living for people of all ages.

  • Call on local endocrinologists and discuss your agency’s services for people with diabetes. Leave behind personalized glucose monitoring logs for the physician to distribute to patients. Find them at The logs provide a place to easily record blood glucose and important screenings and will go with patients wherever they go.
  • Diabetes can affect the blood vessels in the eyes, making optometrists and ophthalmologists an important health care provider for these patients. Leave stacks of agency brochures about diabetes in the offices of your local eye doctors. Find them at
  • Include diabetes-focused Zone Flyers in your regular care program for clients with diabetes. The flyers help people assess the severity of their symptoms and determine whether a call to their home health nurse or to 911 is warranted. Be sure to show your referral sources this important tool and explain how it helps reduce re-hospitalizations and makes patients more involved in their own care. Find it at