Ashe visits patients with Spectrum aide during Home Care MonthRep. Brian Ashe visits with Albert Guidette and Ava Wills, RN, Spectrum Home Health and Hospice Care. In honor of November's designation as National Home Care and Hospice Month, legislators were invited to spend time with homecare staff members and patients to learn about home care and hospice services and honor those who perform this valuable work.
LONGMEADOW Just before Thanksgiving, Spectrum Home Health nurse Ava Wills had some help during her regular visit with Albert Guidette. State Rep. Brian Ashe took time to join Wills and learn more about in the value of home care and hospice services.
This effort to involve elected officials was a national effort in coordination with November's National Home Care and Hospice Month.
More than 11 million Americans received home-delivered care from home health care providers and last year, and 1.4 million Americans living with life limiting illnesses and their families were served by hospice programs.
Wills was enthusiastic about her companion. "In my work, I meet and care for many wonderful people. Through this ride-along opportunity our community leaders can learn about the remarkable difference we make in the lives of patients and families we serve."
"Caring for the sick, elderly and dying in their homes truly is a privilege for us," said Diane Mintz, Executive Director, Spectrum Home Health and Hospice Care. "Home care and hospice professionals, volunteers, family support and modern medicine make it possible for patients to receive rehabilitation, healthcare and end-of-life care in the privacy and comfort of their own home."
Ashe traveled with Wills, visited with a patient and their family and learned about Telemedicine Technology. Telemedicine is a health monitoring system placed in the home to check vital signs, which are then transmitted to our professional nursing staff for review.
Spectrum Home Health and Hospice Care provides skilled nursing services, physical, occupational and speech therapy, home health aides, social services, hospice and home Telemedicine monitoring. For more information on any of these services, please call 567-4600 or visit www.jewishgeriatric.org
Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS) is a leading healthcare system serving elders and their families. Programs of JGS include the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home, Wernick Adult Day Health Care Center, Spectrum Home Health and Hospice Care, Ruth's House An Assisted Living Residence, JGS Family Medical Care and Genesis House.