Mercy Home Health and Hospice is celebrating National Home Care Month with a drop-in “Pajama Party” Monday, Nov. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the first floor waiting area at Mercy Hospital.
The evening will include refreshments, giveaways and door prize drawings. Each guest is asked to bring a winter sleepwear item to be donated to area nursing home residents and/or a cash donation to sponsor Christmas stockings for home health and hospice patients who will be alone for the holidays.
Guests also can enjoy a 10 percent shopping discount on any merchandise at the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary’s Cofee Dock gift shop, which will offer special hours that evening in conjunction with the pajama party and also will offer sampling of Christmas flavored coffees. The Coffee Dock offers a wide range of unique gift items, including jewelry, scarves and home décor, including a large selection of holiday items.
Mercy Home Health recently received its sixth consecutive “HomeCare Elite” award, naming Mercy among the top 25 percent of home care agencies in the United States. The award was presented by OCS HomeCare, a national analytics and consulting organization dedicated to monitoring patient care and business performance data related to home health and hospice services. The annual HomeCare Elite awards are presented in cooperation with the National Research Corporation (NRC) and DecisionHealth.
Mercy Home Health serves an approximate 50-mile radius, covering the counties of Montgomery, Wilson, Elk, Chautauqua and Labette. Services provided include in-home nursing care, therapy services, medication administration, and “telehealth” remote monitoring, among others. Mercy conducted 6,336 home visits in fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014).
The agency is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO), and in 2012, the department expanded services to include Mercy Hospice, offering comprehensive end-of-life care for terminally ill patients and respite and bereavement support for caregivers.
More information on hospice services and how to volunteer is available by calling 620-332-3215.