November is National Home Care and Hospice Awareness Month, a time to recognize the many professionals who bring health care into the homes of family members, friends and neighbors.

As the president and CEO of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, a person whose family has used home care and hospice services, and a registered nurse who makes home visits, I have seen firsthand the value of bringing health care into one’s place of residence.

We know that patients prefer help at home whenever possible. Research demonstrates that, when it comes to patient experiences, clinical outcomes, quality of life and affordability, home care performance outpaces that of other care delivery methods. These results also apply to hospice care, most of which is provided in the home and supports living the final months to the fullest with dignity and comfort.

AHCH serves patients and families in 124 communities in seven Maine counties, and 2016 marks the 50th year of doing so. We remain guided by our mission to care for the health, independence and quality of life for Maine residents and their families in the comfort of their home and community. Our agency’s success would not be possible without community support and our team of caring and compassionate providers, volunteers and support staff.

Kenneth Albert, RN, president and CEO, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice

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