As news organizations seem to be focused on the seemingly recent revelation that caring for patients at home saves money, it’s been done this way for years. In fact, tracing the health care industry back to its roots, house calls were the norm, especially in more rural regions of the country. Over time, hospitals and doctor clinics began to replace home visits and then nursing homes became the main source of support for long-term health care. Today, more Americans prefer other options than nursing homes and extended hospital stays, and home care is a key candidate.
Depending on numerous factors, including a person’s health, specific needs, and more, a visit from a home care aide or visiting nurse could last an hour or two or possibly even longer. In either case, even the cost of the longest visits can be exceedingly more affordable than other facility-based options.
According to the Columbus Dispatch article, Program brings hospital to your home at a fraction of the cost, written by JoAnne Viviano:
“A home-care visit might last as many as three hours, with a nurse using a tablet for a “face-to-face” call with a doctor to help assess the patient, McQuithy said. Most at-home stays last three to five days, and nurses typically visit multiple times a day.
Further, patients, through the touch of a computer tablet button, have 24/7 access to nursing-staff members who can contact doctors if needed.”
The Columbus Dispatch went on to add:
“It is ideal for elderly patients who might refuse to go to the hospital even when seriously ill, and it can cut down on harsh, hospital-related complications that affect older people, particularly those who are frail, aid Dr. Bruce Leff, who led the team that developed and tested the model. Evidence points to fewer complications, lower costs and higher quality, Leff said.”
As more people realize the value in receiving proper care and support at home, it can improve physical and emotional health. It also helps to save states a significant amount of money as home care is a far more cost-effective option compared to nursing homes and hospital visits.
It’s nothing new to care for people in their homes, and even though it’s becoming a more mainstream topic of late, even the modernized version has been growing in popularity for the past couple of decades. Now, though, with increased pressure on legislators to save money and more people preferring to be home, it’s taking on new life and capitalizing on technology to bring home care to a new level.
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