National Home Care, Palliative Care and Hospice Month: A Thank You Note to In-Home Caregivers

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November is National Home Care, Palliative Care, and Hospice Month! Every year, leadership at Concordia Community Support Services (which oversees all of our home and community-based organizations), sends a letter to those team members who serve patients and clients in their homes, letting them know how much Concordia values their commitment to our mission. We thought it was great enough to share with all of you – so enjoy!

Happy National Home Care, Palliative Care, and Hospice month! November is easily one of our favorite months at Concordia because it is a time to recognize our exceptional team and to honor all nurses, therapists and caregivers in the greater home care and hospice community.

The documented origin of this celebratory month goes back to the 1969 publication of Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ “On Death and Dying.” The book propelled a change in the way end-of-life care was delivered and invited patients into the decision making of their final care. By the time the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) was formed in 1982, Congress had included a Medicare hospice benefit provision in a tax act that dramatically shaped an entire philosophy of care.

History, research and legislation mau have helped to frame National Home Care, Palliative Care, and Hospice Month, but YOU (the dedicated people who serve others) are the reason why this celebratory time of recognition exists. You are all part of the true origin and each one of you makes this month so very special.

We believe all nurses, therapists, aides and support staff are truly remarkable and deserve the highest praise for your tireless efforts. We know most days are exhaustive and wrought with heavy emotion for the patients and the family members you care for. The weight you carry can be overwhelming, but day in and day out, you graciously serve God’s people. Your perseverance and commitment to serve our communities with respect, dignity and compassion is an exemplary display of selflessness.

We thank you for your unwavering dedication to those we serve and for the many blessings you provide to your patients and their families every day.

2 Corinthians 4:15: “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”

God’s Blessings,

Marty Trettel, President/CEO
Tammy Young, CFO
Misty Ingram, COO

Have you been thinking about a career change? Visit to view all of our current openings throughout the system (inpatient and in-home). You can also follow our Concordia Careers Facebook Page, where we showcase the outstanding advantages of working for Concordia, highlight the awesome employees who make our team so special and share our 138-year history of service to those who entrust us with their care. In addition, visit our blog weekly for featured career profiles, photos of events, information about our facilities/communities and much more.

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