Foundation Research Initiatives

The Foundation for Hospice & Home Care works with NAHC to conduct research that makes a real impact for caregivers and patients. Health care professionals look to our research team for the latest data on home care and hospice. So do the many industry analysts, journalists, and government officials who count on us for behind-the-scenes insight into developments on Capitol Hill. We’re there talking to the lawmakers and staffers who make decisions that shape health care nationwide. Our knowledge of emerging issues in health care equips us to ask questions that matter. Our findings help home care and hospice providers understand the politics, people, and trends that affect their field.

Recently, the foundation and NAHC conducted a major study showing that home care workers travel nearly 8 billion miles each year to ensure the health and independence of 14 million patients at home. This staggering number of miles reflects increases in Medicaid home care, Medicare home care, and use of Medicare hospice. Based on these findings, the foundation made a number of recommendations: establish unified federal telehomecare reimbursement, support training and recruitment of home care nurses and personal care assistants, pass laws allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to order home health services, and extend the rural add-on payment for Medicare home health. Home care workers in rural areas often travel the farthest to reach their patients. And their long hours at the wheel should only increase as 10,000 people turn 65 each day and the U.S. faces a growing shortage of physicians.

There’s more cutting-edge data on home care and hospice on NAHC’s website. You can visit the Facts & Stats section to see surveys on patient and family satisfaction with hospice, find out about pilot projects in home care, get quality and performance assurance tools, and learn how states compare in the quality of home care they provide. This information gives providers the ammo to wage effective campaigns that educate both policy makers and the public. Armed with the facts, providers can bring their message home: Home care and hospice mean compassionate, cost-effective care.

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Home Care University

Home care providers are gearing up for the graying of the baby boomers. We help them meet the challenges to come as demand for their services soars. The number of aged, infirm, and dying persons is expected to double in the next two decades, and the Labor Department estimates a need for 1.6 million new home care workers by 2020. The growing market for trained, caring in-home nurses, aides, and therapists has agencies scrambling for staff. Many of them turn to us for answers. Home Care University, an affiliate of NAHC, is an education resource for home care and hospice. We offer accreditation information, video recordings of education sessions, and executive training, along with guidance on building better patient care and business models.

This wide range of offerings is available with help from Relias, the leader in online training solutions for the health care market. A strategic partnership between NAHC and Relias addresses key training and development needs in home care and hospice. These two respected organizations will assist Home Care University in providing expanded certifications and courses that engage learners, highlight best practices, and drive innovation.

No doubt, our nation needs new ideas to fill the pressing need for skilled and caring in-home nurses, aides, and therapists. Home Care University is committed to being part of the answer. Our ambitious goal is to find and train thousands of people to meet what the Labor Department sees as our greatest employment need — that for qualified in-home staff. We want agencies to rely on us to make sure every home care and hospice worker has the training to give boomers the best of care.

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Community Outreach and Patient Support

Everyone deserves the right care at the right time at the right place. That place is often at home. Professional caregivers help, but families still struggle to care for loved ones who are ill, disabled, or dying. They may need to cut back on work hours or take time off to grieve when a loved one dies. They might also face new costs that add to the stress of a difficult time. That’s where we come in by providing funds for basics like utilities and food, along with medications, supplies, and home modifications. With your support, we give patients and their families the help they need to stay together at home.

The Foundation for Hospice & Home Care is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and your contributions are tax-deductible by law. They’ll make a difference by helping patients and families do more than survive. Your dollars will let them thrive. So please make a donation. Help us do the right thing for patients and their family members. Together, let’s build a world where all patients can get care in the place they heal best: home.

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Frederick Douglass Museum

Step into the world of caring present and past. Hold your next meeting in a venue that evokes Civil War splendor amidst the civilities of modern life. You’ll find both at the Frederick Douglass Museum & Caring Hall of Fame. The former home of the silver-tongued orator and one-time slave is three blocks from the U.S. Capitol where Douglass often went to lobby for civil rights.

His words live on in the speeches he left behind. His roll-top desk is still in his study. So is a collection of his papers and a signed order from Abraham Lincoln permitting Douglass to pass through Union lines. There’s also the violin Douglass learned to play because he thought all free men should study music. It has sat near his desk, waiting for another tune since the Caring Institute restored his home and built a tribute to those who make a difference in the world.

The Caring Hall of Fame is among the features that have made the museum a favorite meeting place for groups like the AARP, Gates Foundation, and National Governors Association. They have found it a quiet oasis on Capitol Hill, where they can confirm their commitment to public service. So use the museum for your next special meeting. Look to the future while you draw inspiration from the past. And see how caring has long been a hallmark of American life.

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Nurse of the Year

Home care and hospice nurses do more than care for patients. They also teach patients to care for themselves, and this isn’t always easy. If patients have complex conditions, they need a lot of hands-on care, leaving less time for teaching. If patients are in pain, they find it hard to take in new information. There also may be cultural factors that affect learning or language barriers that make communication hard. In addition, home care nurses have to educate family caregivers, too, and build trust to make teaching possible at all. In short, it takes special skills to help patients manage their conditions, but the best nurses succeed.

These nurses build confidence in their patients and give them the skills to remain in the comfort of their homes. Yet their achievements don’t always get the attention they deserve. Instead these nurses face shrinking resources, growing regulations, and patient loads that get heavier every year. So the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Health Care Nurses Association recognize those who give patients their best. The 50 winners of the Nurse Recognition Program meet a number of strict criteria established by a selection committee made up of HHNA members, NAHC’s board of directors and its Forum of State Associations. The committee chooses a nurse from every state, along with one very special nurse of the year. These winners give their all to patients and show each day that home is the best place to heal.

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