The Advanced HomeCare Institute is an effort by Home Care Services which recognizes the need to invest in the training and education of workers and students who aspire to professions in this Home Care industry. It also serves to better our Montana communities, especially our rural communities with quality of life care.
The Advanced HomeCare Institute provides basic and advanced training to Personal Care Attendants, to Nurses, to those we serve, and to family caregivers.
The Advanced HomeCare Institute also offers these scholarships to support Montana students who have an interest in Nursing, both LPN and RN. and who have plans to study, live, and work here in Montana. It is our hope that through these scholarships we may encourage and support those who would be a part of Montana's growing and increasingly important Home Health Care industry.
The Home Care Industry has roots which go back to an earlier century and to an era of visiting Nurses. Services were provided mostly by local charitable and faith based organizations. Over the years the work of these visiting Nurses grew and evolved from an expression of caring and tenderness to skilled Nursing services for elderly, disabled, and other home-bound individuals.
Today the Home Health Care Industry is challenged by tremendous growth. Today's Nurses coordinate and supervise many community and direct care services. We are also experiencing growth with the advent of the aging 'baby boom' population, more people are living better and longer, and more people are surviving illnesses and injuries. Today we also share a common belief that there is no place like home for these individuals, and that all individuals should be allowed to live and remain in their own homes and communities as long as possible.
Today's Home Health Care Industry in Montana emerged in the 1980s. State funded pilot projects found that many individuals could live and remain longer in their own homes if provided with some community support, and some regular assistance with daily living.
In 1984, a citizen advisory group appointed by the Governor, called "Priorities for People," set as one of their priorities the expansion of these services statewide. The resulting Home Health Care Industry is now a part of every Montana community, but at the heart of this industry is that visiting Nurse and those whose professional services allow us to live and age at home in dignity.
Many of us at the Advanced HomeCare Institute were involved in that process in 1984, and have continued to dedicate ourselves to assuring quality Home Care services are available in all Montana communities, especially rural counties, and to all Montana citizens.