The proclamation states that hospice and palliative care provides patients and families high quality care during life-limiting illness and at the end of life, through pain management and symptom control, caregiver training and assistance, and emotional and spiritual support.
It states that last year, more than 1 million Americans living with life-limiting illness received care from 4,100 Hospice and palliative care programs.
In the proclamation, Bradshaw also encourages all county residents to increase their understanding and awareness of care at the end of life and to observe November with appropriate activities and programs.
On hand for the proclamation signing were representatives from both Intrepid Home Health Care and VistaCare.
The 2007 Home Care Month theme is "Preserving Health Independence and Freedom," according to a press release from Health Care Excel, Terre Haute.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, the Home Health Quality Improvement Organization Support Center, launched the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign in January 2007. Currently, more than 5,500 of the nation's home health agencies are participating in the HHQI National Campaign.