Each day, millions of people across the United States are able to remain living safely in their homes because of the skills and dedication of their caregivers.  Caregivers are the backbone of the home care industry, and can be aides, nurses, physical therapists, or even family members who provide assistance, supervision and services to those who need it in their safest and most comfortable place…their home.  Often, without this support, these individuals would end up living in an institutional setting.  But it is not often easy for those receiving the care to accept the help they need; they still want to feel the independence they once knew.  They can resist, feel anxious or worse, turn the help away.

I have been in home care for more than 25 years and I can tell you that it takes a special person, one who carries compassion in their heart every day and is selfless in so many ways, to be a home health care worker.  They receive their gratification in knowing they have helped someone else, they have been there when family could not, and they have made a difference in someone else’s life.  These individuals are generous, often giving so much and receiving so little in return.

As National Home Care Month comes to a close, remember the commitment and dedication of the home health care worker.  If you have the opportunity, thank them for their dedication.  Be thankful that there are selfless people willing and able to tend to those needing care and assistance in their homes, so they can remain living there safely and as independently as possible.  I see the work our home care team does each and every day, and I am thankful to not only work with such caring individuals, but also to have the opportunity to honor them during Home Care Month.

By Nancy Geiger
Nancy is the Director of the Gurwin Home Care Agency.

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