Healthcare professionals from throughout the Triangle celebrate Home Care, Palliative Care,
and Hospice Month, and recognize outstanding community contributions
RALEIGH, NC, November 16, 2018 – Over 200 healthcare professionals gathered in downtown Raleigh this month for the fourth annual North Carolina Triangle Home Health & Hospice Awards event. In recognition of November as Home Care, Palliative Care, and Hospice month, the event celebrates home health and hospice professionals making an extraordinary impact on the community.
Hosted annually by Well Care Health, the event was held at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the emcee for the awards program was WRAL anchor Gerald Owens.Awards were given in four categories: Volunteer Caregiver of the Year, Leadership Excellence, Medical Practice of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement.
“We don’t often have the opportunity to recognize and appreciate medical professionals and volunteers, but they are a key part of the fabric of this community,” said Well Care Health CEO, Zac Long. “With this event, we are shining a light on the many healthcare heroes in our area. Every year we are inspired and energized by their stories, and we are proud to recognize their hard work and dedication.”
NORTH CAROLINA TRIANGLE HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE AWARDS – 2018 RECIPIENTS:
Volunteer Caregiver of the Year, Ms. Margaret Weaver, RN – Center for Volunteer Caregiving, Cary, NC
Leadership Excellence, Ms. Amanda Woodall, RN – Transitions LifeCare, Raleigh, NC
Medical Practice of the Year: Alignment Healthcare
Lifetime Achievement: Ms. Sherry Thomas, RN – Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina (retired)
The North Carolina Triangle Home Health & Hospice Awards event was sponsored by Enterprise Fleet Management, Choice Healthcare, Heartland Hospice, Kare Partners, BB&T Banking, BB&T Webb Insurance, NetSmart, Transitions LifeCare, Allegra, Briova Rx Infusion, Cipher Health, Family Medical Supply, Suture Sign, Williams Mullen, and the Seniors Guide.
ABOUT HOME CARE, PALLIATIVE CARE, AND HOSPICE MONTH
Home Care, Palliative Care, and Hospice Month honors those who attend to the in-home health, hospice, and community-based care needs of individuals in the comfort and privacy of their homes.
Home care describes a wide variety of health and health-related services provided in a home setting to sustain, maintain or restore an individual’s health and well-being. Hospice is a special way of caring for individuals who are in the final stage of their lives due to a terminal illness which focuses on comfort care and symptom management.
North Carolinians receive care from over 1,500 licensed in-home service providers across the State. Services provided by these agencies include skilled nursing, medical social work, intravenous (IV) therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, home medical equipment, respite care, personal care services, bereavement counseling, pain management and quality, end-of-life care. These services are provided by a variety of organizations, including Medicare certified home health and hospice providers, private duty nursing agencies, in-home aide agencies, councils-on-aging, county departments of social services, home medical equipment companies, IV therapy agencies and adult day service providers. Some agencies also provide companion and sitter services, in-home management, home modifications, and volunteer services.
Care provided in the comfort and security of an individual’s home through a licensed agency gives individuals, their family, and friends, a sense of control and peace of mind. While it helps keep families together and promotes independence and patient dignity, in-home care also provides a wide range of health care and social services to the patient and teaches families to help care for their family member.
In-home health, hospice, and community-based services compassionately care for citizens of all ages, from prenatal care to geriatric care, and also provide love, comfort, and support at the end of life. The services provide the greatest degree of independence, freedom, and dignity possible for patients, allowing them to remain at home, close to their family and friends, in familiar surroundings.