An interesting thing tends to happen when a major health provider decides to shift its model; some residents and patients assume they will lose the services they are currently receiving. That has been the case for the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital and its decision to exit home health medical care.
Advocates for in-home health care support services claim residence deserve these services, and yet some believe that with the hospital leaving the home health care industry, it means they will have a more difficult time gaining access to them.
In truth, Spectrum Health will be stepping in and taking over home health care for those residents who need this level of support. Ely-Bloomenson CEO Michael Coyle said in a statement, “Spectrum Health will continue to provide home health care in Ely, just as they have for the last several years.”
However, there are some who question whether Spectrum Health will be able to continue providing the same level of care that residents have been receiving for the past several years.
The Timberjay noted in its blog, Home health care service will end soon, written by Keith Vandervort:
“[Percy] White said she understood why the Ely hospital has discontinued other services, such as delivery of babies. “That is specialized care, and they weren’t delivering enough babies to provide that service, especially in an emergency situation,” she said.
She noted that home health care, which can include physical therapy, wound dressing, medication distribution and other basic nursing care is very important once the patient leaves the hospital. “Home health care is basic nursing care and there is a real need for that here, and not just for the elderly,” she said. “Anybody may be in need of home care at some time in their life. What are these people going to do?” she asked.
[Ely-Bloomenson CEO Michael] Coyle downplays such concerns. “The rumor that Ely will have limited home health service is just not true, Coyle added. “The care is just simply being shifted to another organization.””
It can certainly be an unsettling feeling for residents and families who rely on home health care when they receive news such as this. While it’s unclear if there are other home health care providers in the area, there can be reason to worry for some, especially when these support services are the main reason people are able to stay home.
According to the hospital, residents will continue to receive necessary care and support at home. According to some residents, though, they aren’t so certain.
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