The health care industry, overall, has been changing dramatically during the past several years. Even as the federal government has instituted fines against hospitals for failing to reduce their readmission rates, many hospitals find themselves full, struggling to make room for new patients.
There are stories of elderly men and women being turned away because they couldn’t be admitted due to any number of factors. For those who are dealing with significant health issues, whose family is unable to take care of them or they don’t have family in the area, can feel left out.
According to Greenville News in the op-ed piece, Opinion: For seniors, changes in health care can be a bitter pill, written by Dr. Edwin Leap:
“It’s inconvenient and uncomfortable for patients and families, and it’s maddening for physicians, nurses and all the rest; but large hospitals are often so full that they go on “diversion,” which means that they can’t take anyone except for dire emergencies. Hospitals all over our state and nation constantly face shortages of beds and resources. (Pray for them during flu season; they need it!)
Patients of every age find our remarkable modern health-care “system” lifesaving, as well as confusing and unfriendly.
But few find it so frustrating as our seniors who remember when it was pretty good, but maybe a little more humane. I wish we could get some of that back.”
Home health care support is, therefore, a powerful asset in helping hospitals, doctors, nurses, and other professionals in the medical industry care for these aging seniors. Instead of having to make room in hospitals, these elderly men and women have an opportunity to receive proper care and support where they are most comfortable: in their homes.
As a greater emphasis is placed on the value of home care support, more seniors and disabled adults will be encouraged to seek adequate care but not at hospitals. As hospitals become overwhelmed, more are turning to these services as alternatives to opening a bed or having someone wait for a room to become available in their facilities.
Some patients are waiting on gurneys in hallways for hours, even days for something to become available at these hospital settings. If they could get the care they needed at home, it would not only improve this kind of care, but also their emotional state of mind and outlook.
As more hospitals become overwhelmed, the value of home care continues to increase.