Taking Care Beyond Hospital
Can home health care take ‘care’ beyond a hospital? This is a relevant question that exists in the present scenario when so many home care companies have launched their services in the market. Being associated with India Home Health Care for last many years, my answer is a resounding ‘Yes’ to this question.
In India, home care is still viewed as a basic care given by a nurse or a medical attendant. Time has changed and we are witnessing a tremendous growth in this market which has reached the height of nursing services performed ‘beyond’ a hospital.
Going to a hospital can be a scary and anxiety -provoking experience. After all, except for delivering a baby, is there any other time that visiting a hospital is a good thing? While we understand that doctors, nurses, and other staff work very hard and are dedicated to getting the patient better sooner, we also know that the hospitals are very complex organizations and the chances for error is real. Many people are involved in a patient’s care, especially when taking care of critical patients such as patient on ventilator support and tracheostomy.
Here is where home care plays a pivotal role by providing one on one care with the help of a skilled nurse. Chances for error are lesser in this setting due to the personalized care. The nurse is also able to work better since there is less pressure on him/her due to the absence of excessive case load when compared to hospitals. They can focus and involve in patient’s care completely. Moreover, hospital care cures only physical ailments, whereas care at home promotes complete healing and helps the patient return to their normal condition in the presence of their loved ones.
When it comes to taking care of critical patients, home care nurses are the eyes and ears of physicians. They can alert the team when issues arise and work on the patient and their families to understand the challenges they face. Home care companies design programs along with the nurse to meet the needs of their patients. Home care nurses are critical in ensuring safe and effective transitions of care for patients at risk.
In some instances, many elderly patients may not have a condition that requires a hospital stay, or a visit to the doctor, but only require a companion and an occasional check up by a health care professional. Specialized home care providers like IHHC provide monthly home visits just to ensure that the elderly are doing well at their home.
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, especially when the patient is in the hospital just for nursing procedures and care
Home Health is evolving to be a challenging and rewarding field, especially since patients are discharged quicker and sicker. I have been welcomed by many frantic family members who were trying to figure out “what the doctors wrote” or “which medication at what time” which underlines care doesn’t stop with a hospital discharge. For that I am gl