2014 – S 2992
S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N
PROCLAIMING MAY 8, 2014, AS "RHODE ISLAND HOME HEALTH CARE AND HOSPICE DAY"
Introduced By: Senators Goodwin, Paiva Weed, Pichardo, Metts, and Lombardi
Date Introduced: May 08, 2014
WHEREAS, Home health care agencies licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Health as home care providers, home nursing care providers, and hospice providers deliver a variety of high quality health care services to Rhode Islanders in their homes; and
WHEREAS, Home is the preferred setting for health care service delivery among our state's elderly, disabled, and chronically ill as they strive to live independently in the comfort of their own homes and their own communities for as long as they are able to safely; and
WHEREAS, Home health care allows families to stay together and provides for stronger health, dignity, and comfort within our communities; and
WHEREAS, Home health care is the most cost-effective health care service delivery setting versus hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutional-based health care settings for acute and chronic conditions care; and
WHEREAS, Hospice care provides humane and comforting support for terminally ill patients and their families, including pain management, social-emotional support, and spiritual guidance during the final months, weeks, days, and hours of life; and
WHEREAS, Hospice care provides for the final piece in the full circle of life by providing for the basic human needs of comfort in familiar surroundings by a community of care that attains physical and emotional peace during the last stage of life; and
WHEREAS, The Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care is the state's unified voice for home health care and hospice services that demands of its members to provide the highest quality of health care service delivery to all Rhode Islanders in need; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby recognizes May 8, 2014, as "Rhode Island Home Health Care and Hospice Day"; and be it further
RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby recognizes, supports, and applauds our state's unsung workforce of home health care aides, nurses, social workers, and therapists that work tirelessly to provide 24-hour clinical support, palliative care, homemaking, and daily living assistance to Rhode Islanders in need of quality health care services in their home; and be it further
RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby supports our constituents' need to access quality health care services in the home and strive to maintain their ability to continue to live in our communities for as long as they are able to safely; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Secretary of the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Human Services, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Director of the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals, and the President of the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care.