When a person has to be hospitalized, it’s an intensely stressful situation, not just for that individual, but often for the family, too. There are often many questions raised about what’s going to happen, what the prognosis is, or what is being done. Too often, according to some medical professionals, the entire system of caring for these patients is fractured. Doctors end up focused on independent issues and neglect the patient as an individual.
According to Dr. Rich Joseph in a New York Times Sunday Review opinion piece entitled, Doctors, Revolt!, Dr. Joseph noted:
“Finally, hospitals should be a last resort, not the hallmark of the health care system. The bulk of health care resources should go instead into homes and communities. After all, a large majority of health problems are shaped by nonmedical factors like pollution and limited access to healthy food. Doctors must partner with public health and community development efforts to create a culture of health and well-being in patients’ daily lives.
As I navigate my professional journey, Dr. Lown’s example inspires me to go to work every day with the perspective of a patient, the spirit of an activist and the heart of a healer.”
According to Dr. Joseph, too much focus is placed on caring for a patient within the confines of the hospital setting and not enough on the person, or individual, and even where he or she may be most comfortable. Today, hospitals are often thought of as the first choice for a host of medical issues, pain, and more, but it was designed and should be a last resort.
This means that providing better support outside of the hospital setting is one of the most important factors for prolonged and improved care. Home care is one of the best solutions for those men and women who may have been hospitalized recently and are facing a potentially length recovery process.
Dr. Joseph’s New York Times op-ed calls on fellow doctors, medical professionals to stand up and recognize the fractured type of care most commonly provided to their patients and to demand better, not for the hospitals but the patients. In home care support and community interaction can all offer a profound improvement in not just comfort for those who need direct care, but also results.
In home care is playing a greater role in care within the medical community and agencies can step up and offer to be part of the solution and not just a physical and emotional support system that helps reduce costs.