National Home Care and Hospice Month: A Letter from CVN's President and CEO

November 4, 2014

Did you know November is National Home Care and Hospice Month? This is the time of year when we honor the millions of nurses, therapists, aides and social workers (among others) who make a difference in the lives of those they serve. Well… at Concordia, we believe these individuals should be honored every day, but it’s still nice to have a month dedicated to it!

Home care and hospice are unlike a lot of health care fields. There are unique challenges with delivering high-quality care in a non-familiar environment, day in and day out. Likewise, it takes a special person to work with patients facing the end of their lives – and neither goes unrecognized at Concordia. So this month, we’ll be posting something every week in honor of these amazing caregivers, and we hope you’ll take a moment to recognize these individuals as well.

This week, we have a letter from Concordia Visiting Nurses (CVN) President and CEO Martin Trettel that was originally published in the CVN employee newsletter, “The Pulse.” Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment below recognizing the home caregivers in your life!

A Message from the CEO

Martin-CEOEvery November, CVN celebrates National Home Care Month and Home Care Aide Week to honor our staff who make a remarkable difference in the lives of our patients and families who we serve. This year we are thankful that our service territory has grown and that we can now reach even more of God's people.

A recent shift in the health care trend has moved patients away from hospitals and nursing homes by seeking treatment, proactive monitoring, and care in the home care setting. Home care services are utilized by people of all ages and backgrounds and have quickly become the preferred choice for most. By serving those who choose us in the comfort of their own homes, we are able to reduce incidents of re-hospitalizations, provide excellent follow-up care and education, increase communication between patients and providers, and decrease medication errors.

With the utilization of new technologies coupled with an excellent nursing and caregiving staff, we are able to provide our patients with the skills and knowledge to self-manage. Telehealth is a growing area that allows our patients to continue independent living by remote monitoring. Our free Tele-CareGivers program helps homebound elderly and others stay comfortable in their home by making daily phone calls to ensure their safety. In fact, every program and service we offer is designed to promote patient safety and encourage their independence. So this November, as I celebrate your dedication and service to home care, let us all join together in celebrating the lives of our patients.

As always, thank you for all that you do. I am grateful for the CVN Team and blessed to serve our patient community. Each and every one of you is making a tremendous and positive impact on the lives of our patients by improving their quality of independent living.


For more information on home care services in Pittsburgh and throughout western PA, visit our website, call our Cabot office at 1-877-352-6200 or message us through our contact form.

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