10 Reasons Why Home Care Is Better Than Hospital Care
Who wouldn’t want to stay home if they could? Hospital is definitely a place for primary care, where as home is a place of emotional and physical association, memories and comfort. Though the hospital may seem inevitable institution for people with acute issues or chronic illness, for most of the people leaving their home can be disruptive and depressing.
Home care is one of the fastest growing segments of the elder care market in India and there are a variety of different home care options-offering everything from assistance with daily needs to high-tech skilled nursing. Because of the many options in home care that are becoming available, people in all kinds of situations can now make it their first choice.
Here are the top ten reasons why home care is always a better option than a hospital:
• Allow patients to receive personal care in the privacy and comfort of their own homes-
Home care focuses on providing care to the patients at their comfort zone such as in their own homes and in the presence of their loved ones. For aging and homebound individuals, in-home care facilitates them remaining as functional and independent as possible, providing a much higher sense of security and dignity.
• Allow family members to get back to their lives –
Family members often need to be available in the hospital with their ill or elderly loved ones. Home health care provides needed assistance and support to family members, allowing them to get back to their lives and enjoy more quality time with their home bound loved ones.
• Quick healing-
Studies have shown that patients recuperating from illness, injury, or surgical procedures heal more quickly and more successfully when recovering at home versus in a medical facility.
• Helps to Prevent Nosocomial infection in the patient-
Hospitalization has a high likelihood of resulting up in secondary infection due to contracting a hospital acquired infection. This can delay the healing process as well as extend the stay at hospital which increases the financial burden.
• Cost effective-
Home Health is recognized as the most cost-effective form of long-term healthcare (as compared to hospitals and nursing homes). Home care allows seniors, persons with disabilities or chronic health issues, and individuals recovering from an accident, surgery or illness to stay in their homes, often at a much more affordable cost than even a brief stay in a hospital .
• Helps to reduce readmission rates to the hospital-
Substantial portions of all hospitalizations are patients returning to the hospital soon after their previous stay. These re-hospitalizations are costly, potentially harmful, and often avoidable by providing a good quality nursing care at home.
• Involvement with treatment –
Both the patient and family members can be more intimately involved with the patient’s treatment at home—they have a say in their own care or the care of their loved ones in a way that they never would in a hospital. They can also take an active part in care if they want to, helping to administer medications, working with the patient on physical therapy and coaching them on their recovery.
Home care offers the benefit of continuity. The providers are almost always the same and therefore promote relationship building between patients and care providers. The rotational nature of staff in many hospitals does not offer the same comfort and ability to build relationships and trust.
• Easier for family and friends to visit –
Home care enables family members and friends to meet the patient at any time they wish when compared to the time based visiting hours in the hospital. This aids in quick healing and reduces levels of depression often seen in the patient.
Home care is no longer just about talking to patients, giving baths, and taking their blood pressure. The Home Health care sector now helps critically ill patients who are being discharged from hospitals and sent back into the community. The care is very high tech and very skilled and home care providers are now trained to provide this service in an environment that allows much more patient freedom than what you have in any other health care setting.