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Would you like to see our list of Auction items for the HomeCare Matters Celebrity Waiter Dinner and Auction? This is by no means complete and changes almost everyday- but here you go!  click here       [More]
If you haven't liked HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice on facebook, here's a good reason to do so right now! We are posting Celebrity Waiter Dinner and Auction Auction items every few days until the date of the event April 22nd! See everything you can bid on ahead of time while supporting your favorite non-profit home health and hospice agency. Follow this link to the excitement:  https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/CaringServicesYouCanTrust      [More]

The HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice Healing Journey is back! This 5 week series of courses designed to help those who have lost a loved one understand grief and the healing process begins 3/20. The Journey is free and open to all who have experienced loss or would like to know more about the grieving process.

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HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice will honor the lives of passed loved ones during a special Spring Memorial Service Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, 6:30p.m., at Tabernacle of Praise, 6480 Lower Leesville Road, Crestline, Ohio.

HomeCare Matters Spring Memorial Service will include a ceremonial candle lighting and life recognition memorial roll read by HomeCare Matters staff. HomeCare Matters Chaplain Jed Brake stated, “Our gathering of reflection and remembrance is an opportunity for families to celebrate the lives of those we have lost with the compassionate individuals who helped provide their care.” The event is free and open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will follow. 

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We can't do what we do without your help! The HomeCare Matters 16th Annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner and Auction is coming April 22nd! Join the HomeCare Matters team by donating an item for the auction or by becoming a sponsor! Click here for complete details.      [More]

The HomeCare Matters Difference

What exactly sets a non-profit healthcare provider apart from its for-profit competitors? Does an agency set up for charitable purposes really make it a better choice than a for-profit competitor?

As tax-exempt organizations, non-profit healthcare providers have a mission of serving communities and providing care without regard to a patient's ability to pay. For-profit providers look at healthcare as a business, with a financial bottom line that produces profits distributed to shareholders.

The for-profit model of health care aims to serve affluent, insured patients. The uninsured and patients with complex medical conditions are to be avoided literally- at all costs.  A 2011 research study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that for-profit hospice agencies were more likely to have patients with lower care needs and longer lengths of stay than non-profit hospice agencies. For example, for-profits will serve more patients suffering from dementia (8.4 percent vs. 17.2 percent) than cancer (48.4 percent vs. 34.1 percent).

The statistics are very telling. Medicare reimbursement pays for 84% of patients in hospice care. Medicare reimburses hospice agencies for hospice care at a per-diem rate, meaning every patient receives the same amount of reimbursement per day despite their diagnosis or individual care needs.

Cancer patients have a fairly predictable life expectancy and course of treatment. By the time cancer patients enter hospice care, most have exhausted all other treatments and are close to death. End-stage cancer patients also tend to need more expensive care with intensive pain and symptom management.

Dementia patients (and other patients with less predictable diagnoses) tend to live longer than cancer patients with less costly care. These patients are more profitable because they accrue the Medicare hospice per diem rate daily with little out-of-pocket expense.

The for-profit focus on finding patients with fewer care needs and longer hospice stays impacts consumers' health negatively in the following ways:

- For-profit agencies may be underestimating and limiting the number of visits a patient actually needs just so they can maintain a high profit margin.

- Reviewing charts and determining if a patient is appropriate to meet their bottom line can waste precious time that a hospice patient may not have. Dollar signs are never equal to friends and family.

- Nurses and other for-profit health care professionals may lose experience as they face the same classification of illnesses day after day. A nurse can only become well rounded when they meet the challenge of dealing with a multitude of diverse cases over a long period of time.

HomeCare Matters is proud to be a non-profit health care provider. We understand that the profit status of a hospice or home health agency is never as important as the quality of care the organization provides. We stand by the care we deliver to all, regardless of diagnosis, or their ability to pay. Experience, Compassion, Understanding and Care- that’s really what sets HomeCare Matters apart and makes us different.

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Do you like helping others? Do you have a special skill or talent you would like to share? Come to HomeCare Matters Volunteer Open House, January 6th between 2 and 4pm at 1220 N. Market Street and find out what we are about and if we may be a fit for your caring spirit. This is a non-committal event. For more information, contact Brandon Quail at 1-800-4-Nurses or email bquailhcm@gmail.com. Refreshments will be served.

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Are you looking for a new challenge, the opportunity to have more autonomy and to make a lasting difference in patients' lives?  As a HomeCare Matters RN, you will directly care for and promote the holistic health of patients of all ages with acute, chronic or terminal illnesses. Day, evening, weekend and on-call Full-Time positions are available.

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Just a reminder, don't miss our Holiday Gift Bazaar this weekend! Santas everywhere will find something to cross off their gift lists, plus you have a chance to help out needy families!      [More]
Join Homecare Matters November 11th for the Lunch with Friends Gobble Fest! Bring a covered dish and join our support group for a Thanksgiving celebration with all the trimmings. Family Support Coordinator Brandon Quail with be cooking 2 turkeys and a ham! Everyone is welcome to attend! The fun starts at 11:30am at HomeCare Matters Galion location, 1220 N. Market Street!      [More]

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. It’s the time of the year when HomeCare Matters honors our everyday care heroes who make comfort, love, hope, and respect a reality for the patients and families we serve. We can’t thank our collective of nurses, aides, clinicians, therapists, administrators, office staff and volunteers enough. The difference they make in the lives of those suffering in our community is astounding. 

 

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Even Santa has help during the holiday season! Don’t miss HomeCare Matters Holiday Gift Bazaar, Friday, November 15th from 5 to 8 and Saturday, November 16th from 9 to 3 at 1220 N. Market Street in Galion. Get the perfect gift for that hard to buy for person- or pick something up for you! From one-of-a-kind, handcrafted crocheted items, jewelry and candles, to Stampin’ Up! , Scentsy, and baked goods, you can be done with your shopping without lines, hassles or fighting for a parking space.

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Help HomeCare Matters by bringing a whole lot of yummy holiday cheer to your family’s table! Order Der Dutchman famous, ready-to-eat pies, ready-to-bake cookie dough and delicious, one-of-a-kind pumpkin and chocolate rolls and a portion of each purchase will help HomeCare Matters continue to give back to our community. Download your order form here, fill it out and drop it off at the HomeCare Matters Galion office by November 15th.  

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HomeCare Matters thanks everyone for allowing us to share in remembering the lives of passed loved ones, co-workers and friends during our Fall Memorial Service. Pictures of the event are posted on Facebook.      [More]
The HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice Healing Journey is a 5 week series of courses designed to help those who have lost a loved one understand grief and the healing process. The Journey is free, open to all and begins 10/24.      [More]
HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice has a rare opening for a Part Time Administrative Secretary.  If you would like to make a difference in your community by helping others, then our team has a place for you. Duties include answering and routing phone calls, composing and typing correspondence, maintaining agency files and records including personnel files and the processing of new hires, assisting with agency newsletters, recording minutes of meetings, and keeping records of donations and sending acknowledgements. Our ideal candidate will have typing and keyboard expertise, a working knowledge of Excel and Word, excellent communication skills and be available to work a minimum of 24 hours a week.      [More]

Last night, HomeCare Matters held its annual Volunteer Appreciation and Caregiver Recognition Dinner.  We had a great night honoring the people who have stepped up to help us provide care. We couldn’t do what we do without you. Thank you.

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The first of 2 huge HomeCare Mattters Rummage Sales starts Thursday morning at our Galion office, 1220 North Market Street. We have a preview of some of the items on Facebook right now!      [More]
Trying to keep up with HomeCare Matters? Here’s our list of upcoming events! Today and tomorrow, keep our Volunteers hopping and get a funnel cake at the Galion Oktoberfest. This might be your last chance of the season to savor the goodness and help fund direct patient care. Tuesday, Caregivers and Volunteers will be honored with a special appreciation dinner.  Then Thursday and Friday, October 3rd and 4th, join us at our Galion office for a huge Rummage Sale. And for the first time ever on Thursday and Friday, October 10th and 11th, we move the Rummage Sale to our Bucyrus office.  Keep checking in for more details and be sure to share these HomeCare Matters events with everyone!      [More]
Last night, HomeCare Matters Family Support Coordinator Brandon Quail appeared on WMFD TV's "I Love My Job". Host Doug Theaker's interview brought out some very interesting points about our agency and revealed why Brandon calls HomeCare Matters "home". Click on "more" for the link to the show.      [More]
We held our Memorial Garden Brick Dedication Tuesday, September 17th 2013. Our Garden at the rear of 1220 N. Market St. in Galion  is a special, quiet place for anyone to come walk, remember or just enjoy. Click on more to see the complete list of new brick memorial bricks and trees. Go to our Facebook page to see pictures of the event.      [More]
Here's a look at the new HomeCare Matters Welcome Brochure. Click here to see it!      [More]
The HomeCare Matters/Road Riders for Jesus Ride for Hospice was a great time for all and raised over $1500 for HomeCare Matters Hospice care!      [More]
Come out and see us for the fun, auction, prizes and bargins! We kick things off at 9am!      [More]
The HomeCare Matters/Road Riders for Jesus Ride for Hopsice and Flea Market  is ready to go for tomorrow!      [More]

The therapeutic effect of Art was proudly on display at the Bucyrus office of HomeCare Matters!

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The HomeCare Matters/Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival Art Show is in progress right now through Saturday!      [More]
We wish to thank everyone who came out to honor passed loved ones at the HomeCare Matters Life Celebration Picnic. A little rain didn't scare us from eating in fellowship and performing a healing balloon launch. Pictures of the Celebration can be found on our Facebook page. We also express gratitude to the Grief Camp staff and kids who came out!      [More]

The HomeCare Matters Life Celebration Picnic is an opportunity to celebrate and honor the life and memory of passed loved ones by gathering together in a fellowship of music, food, and remembrance.

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33 Children took the healing Grief Camp Journey.      [More]
The family BBQ and balloon launch have been rescheduled to the HomeCare Matters Life Celebration Picnic August 8th at 6pm at our Galion facility, 1220 N. Market Street. We apologize for any inconvenience. Pictures from Day 1 and Day 2 are still available on our Facebook page.      [More]
Here is the latest version of our Advance Directives Brochure. This is a good place to start learning about Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney.      [More]

Do you shop at Kroger and want to earn money for HomeCare Matters? All you have to do is enroll your Kroger Plus Card in Kroger’s Community Rewards Program! Every time you use your Kroger Plus Card, a percent of your purchase will go to HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice!

To Enroll:

  • Go to http://www.krogercommunityrewards.com.
  • Click “Create An Account”.
  • Enter email, password, zip code and favorite store. You will get a message to check your email inbox.
  • Click the link in the email, then click on “edit”.
  • Enter “Crawford County Shared Services” or type in “91855” (both are actually HomeCare Matters) and hit “save”.
  • It will take 7-10 days to process your account information. Once you are active, “Crawford County Shared Services” will be printed at the bottom of your receipt.

 

It’s free, easy and can add up to a lot just for shopping at Kroger!

HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice and the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival are announcing the return of the Bratwurst Festival Art Show, August 15, 16, and 17 from 11am to 9pm at HomeCare Matters Bucyrus Office, 133 South Sandusky Avenue, Bucyrus, Ohio.      [More]
HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice and Hospice of Morrow County are teaming up again to help area kids with “Journey” Summer Children’s Grief Camp, July 25, 26 and 27, 2013.      [More]
HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice announces the return of the Road Riders for Jesus Benefit Ride for Hospice and Flea Market, Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 9am to 4pm, at the HomeCare Matters Galion office, 1220 N. Market Street.      [More]
HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice and the Galion Historical Society will host the Ohio Village Men’s Muffins and Lady Diamonds Vintage Baseball Teams, Sunday, June 23, 2013 from noon to 4 at HomeCare Matters Galion office, 1220 N. Market Street.      [More]

HomeCare Matters Home Health & Hospice

HomeCare Matters Home Health & Hospice is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing home care and hospice services in the comfort of your own home. Because, to us, this care really does matter. For this purpose, we recruit the best professionals who also have a deep concern and compassion for the care of patients. HomeCare Matters provides services under the direction of the patient’s physician and tailored to the individual’s needs. Patients of all ages are able to experience the warmth of family and friends while receiving care for their injury or illness.