In-home care has been, for the most part, reserved for the elderly and some disabled younger adults. In recent years, however, one company has been taking a different approach and serving people in their home, but they don’t need assistance with direct medical issues or basic services.
In a majority of circumstances when a person relies on in-home care they often need assistance with Activities of Daily Living. Aware Recovery Care is focused on assisting people with overcoming addictions. They take a ‘real world’ approach to care as opposed to rehabilitation centers.
According to this particular provider, the results are positive. It begs the question: how many other services will people ultimately receive at home in the future? It’s not only an important question to ask, but given the stagnant wages and Medicaid reimbursement cuts that the in-home care industry as a whole has been subjected to for the past decade, how might it negatively impact those very seniors and disabled adults who need this type of help to stay at home?
As noted by NBC’s News Center Maine in the blog, In home care for addicts comes to Maine, written by Lee Goldberg:
“It’s an In-home Addiction Treatment program that is based on research that supports the idea that recovery in the “real-world” leads to far better rehab results. The company claims that it’s 52 week in home treatment program promotes lasting recovery, improves outcomes, and increases the patient’s overall physical and psychological well-being. If you sign up for the program your team consists of an Addiction Psychiatrist, a Licensed Specialty Care Coordinator, a Family Wellness Liaison, A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an Individual Therapist, and two Certified Recovery Advisers.”
People relying on home health care providers, such as a visiting nurse, may be recovering from any number of physical or medical ailments or emergencies. While addiction recovery is significantly different than home health care, some of the same components cross over between the two, including direct nursing care.
A person going through withdrawal symptoms may require the direct support of a nurse or other medical professional. If that visiting nurse was once devoted to assisting seniors in their home but transitions to this type of work, given that in-home care is a number one job creator, but more visiting nurses are turning to other outlets for better pay, how might that impact accessibility and availability in the future?
This subtle shift also highlights another important factor: increasing numbers of professionals realize the value in being treated in the comfort of home.