One of the components of the Hippocratic Oath doctors must take before they begin practicing medicine is to “do no harm.” Unfortunately, due to the nature of modern medicine, insurance, limitations, and much more, some doctors have long felt they violate that component because they’re unable to truly support their patients the way they’d prefer. Now, though, more doctors are beginning to turn to a patient focused care model and that’s including home care support services.
A doctor’s office or hospital room is often considered sterile, uncomfortable, and undesirable. A person who may have some type of long-term care health concerns, such as an elderly person, would often prefer to remain at home, if given the choice.
That becomes more possible when home care plays a larger role in the healthcare industry. Doctors are beginning to turn to home care support as a way to create a more patient focused care model. This not only allows their patients to be more comfortable, it is also more affordable.
In a special submission to Forbes Coaches Council article, Do No Harm: Putting Physicians and Patients Back at the Center of Health Care, written by Dorothy Martin-Neville, PhD:
“I’ve observed that some physicians are creating centers that nurture a culture of collaboration where the patients and small groups of physicians are working together in collaborative groups with varied specialties to bring heart, soul and humanity back into health care. Some who choose to move to rural areas have even returned to home visits. Always, there is a major impact on income potential, yet for many, it is worth it to again be doing the type of health care they entered medical school to do.
If you opt into direct primary care, in order to sustain your impact, traditional health care leaders must recognize what patients bring to the table. In my experience, frequently working with churches, social groups or volunteers to simply support patients with chronic illness emotionally through visits, shopping, outings, etc. will suffice and result in far less expenditure and repeat visits.”
Many of these doctors looking into a more patient focused care model will discover the monetary benefits are diminished (for them), but the rewards, the ability to truly make a difference in the lives of the people they help, can far outweigh those limitations.
Home health care allows people to avoid costly and lengthy hospital stays and nursing homes and that has a direct impact on their emotional and mental outlook in life, which, in turn, often has a positive influence on their overall health.
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