The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) is celebrating its 33rd anniversary today.
The organization was formed March 10, 1982, through the merger of the National Association for Home Health Agencies and the Council of Home Health Agencies. The merger occurred specifically on March 10 to mark the birthday of Lillian D. Wald, born on March 10, 1867. Founder of the Henry Street Settlement in New York City, Wald led the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, which would become a model for home health organizations.
“As we celebrate NAHC’s 33rd birthday, we remain ever focused on continuing to achieve success on behalf of our members to advance quality and cost-effective care for some 12 millions seniors and disabled persons each year,” NAHC President Val Halamandaris said in a statement.
Since its founding, home care and hospice has grown across the country:
- There were only 3,000 home care agencies in 1982, and today more than 35,000 agencies have some 3 million employees.
- Total revenue has increased from an estimated $3 billion in 1982 to roughly $100 billion today.
- NAHC began with 200 members but numbers more than 6,000 today.
- In 1982, about 1.3 million received home care services; about 12 million receive such care today.
NAHC’s 2015 March on Washington Conference & Exposition will be March 22 to 25 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.