As the New Year begins, it offers a time for reflection and renewal. For patients and families navigating health challenges, particularly those in home health or hospice care, setting health goals is a vital step towards enhancing quality of life. This guide is designed to help you on this journey with hope, clarity, and realistic expectations.

Understanding the Importance of Setting Health Goals

Health goals in a home health or hospice context aren’t solely about medical outcomes; they are about enriching lives. For patients, these goals might be about improving daily comfort or engaging in activities that bring joy. For families and caregivers, goals could focus on better support mechanisms or personal well-being.

Step 1: Reflect and Assess

Start by reflecting on the previous year. Consider the significant health challenges and moments of joy or comfort. This reflection is important for setting goals that are meaningful and attainable. Discuss with healthcare professionals to gain realistic insights into achievable goals.

Step 2: Set Realistic and Achievable Goals

Realistic goals are key, especially in a hospice or home health setting. These might include enjoying small pleasures, improving symptom management, or enhancing daily comfort. For caregivers, goals may revolve around finding balance and personal health.

Step 3: Create a Plan

After setting your goals, the next step is to plan. This could mean scheduling regular health check-ins, arranging necessary support, and breaking down goals into smaller, manageable steps. A well-thought-out plan is crucial for tracking progress and maintaining focus.

Step 4: Involve Your Support Network

Health goals often require a collaborative effort. Keep family members and friends in the loop and engage with healthcare professionals for guidance and support. A strong support network can provide the encouragement and help needed to achieve these goals.

Step 5: Monitor Progress and Stay Flexible

It’s important to regularly monitor progress. Celebrate the small achievements and be prepared to adjust goals as circumstances change. Health situations can evolve, and staying flexible is important for adapting to these changes.

Step 6: Practice Self-Compassion and Patience

Navigating health goals in a home health or hospice context requires patience and self-compassion. Recognize that there will be a mix of better days and more challenging ones. Acknowledging the effort and care that goes into this process is important.


Setting health goals as a patient, family member, or caregiver is a proactive way to start the New Year. It’s about focusing on enhancing life’s quality and finding joy in everyday moments. Remember, each small step towards a goal is a testament to resilience and the human spirit. Here’s to a year filled with achievable goals, meaningful progress, and heartfelt support. At Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice, we provide counseling, educational materials, and personal guidance. In addition, we are here to support you in every step of your caregiving journey. Contact us HERE.