2015 Home Care and Hospice Proclamation Day
Governor Pete Ricketts declared November as Homecare and Hospice month during a Proclamation Ceremony at the State Capitol on November 9, 2015. Nebraska Home Care Association President Lana Wood spoke before the signing about the tireless work and compassionate care provided by Nebraska home health and home care private duty providers to our citizens in the comfort and safety of their homes. She highlighted that more than 43,000 Nebraskans benefit annually from home health services provided by Nebraska Home Care Association members, through more than 325,000 home health visits. Registered nurses, home health aides and personal care aides are among the top five occupations projected to see the largest increase in jobs by 2020 as more people need their services.
The Nebraska Home Care Association’s mission supports this growth, by helping equip members to be valued healthcare partners and providers through advocacy, networking opportunities, education, information and support. The professional staff at Nebraska’s home health and hospice agencies and private duty home care companies provide medical care, hospice, companion services care, and support at home to recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill adults and children in need of medical, nursing, hospice, social or therapeutic treatment and/or assistance.
Wood also recognized Peggy Meyer with Good Samaritan Society – Village Home Health in Hastings as the 2015 Home Health Nurse of the Year. Peggy was nominated for her true dedication and promise within the home care industry. Peggy received her degree from Mary Lanning School Nursing. She has worked in a variety of settings which include a urology office, nursing home, and a mental health and alcohol/drug dependency center. She now works as a home health case manager. Peggy said, “I have received more gratification from my clients and families on a one-to-one basis throughout their stay in home health than any of the other nursing positions I have had.” Peggy’s diverse nursing background has facilitated her to provide patients with the best care possible.
Prior to the proclamation ceremony, a celebration luncheon was held at the Governor’s Mansion. Dr. Anna Fisher from Hillcrest Health Services, a member of the Nebraska Home Care Association, was the featured speaker at the luncheon. Fisher said that the needs for caregivers in Nebraska will continue to grow. Caregivers provide an average of 24.4 hours of care per week to two or more people, in addition to holding a part-time or full-time job. Fisher shared three rules for caregivers to persevere through difficult times: 1) out of chaos, find simplicity; 2) from discord, find harmony; and 3) in the middle of difficulty, find opportunity.