Home health: The Advantages of Bringing Healthcare Home

Richard A. Kimball, Jr.
2 Apr, 2015 Richard A. Kimball, Jr.

Home healthcare is a wide range of professional services that can be provided in the home. It must come after a doctor’s visit or a visit at a hospital, to ensure that emergency or intensive-care services that require hospitalization are ruled out.

Home healthcare is usually less costly, more comfortable, and often just as effective as care provided in hospitals, medical centers, and nursing homes.

Less risk of infections

One advantage of home healthcare is the decreased risk of acquiring hospital-borne infections. It is uncommon, but there have been cases of patients recovering from their initial illnesses, only to acquire more serious infections in a hospital setting. Receiving care in the home decreases exposure to such risks.

Cheaper costs

Home healthcare leads to shorter hospital stay, making it more affordable. It is not only cost-efficient for patients; it also saves Medicare money because shorter stay means less usage of hospital resources. With the burgeoning costs of national healthcare, home healthcare services provide a more affordable alternative. 

Happier patients

In most emergency cases, ambulances bring patients to the nearest hospitals instead of the hospitals where their trusted doctors work. Some patients are then put in a disorienting situation where they have to receive care from strangers instead of from their chosen doctors.

The choice of from whom you received care  and the quality of relationship with the care provider are big factors in patient satisfaction. Many studies have demonstrated that patients who receive healthcare services at home report being more comfortable, satisfied, and happy with their care. . At home, they can be with family and friends, and be treated by trusted nurses and doctors who can provide them with more intimate and personalized care.

Technological possibilities

With laptops and tablet computers, any doctor can now access medical records right in their patient’s home. They can also conduct basic tests without the need for hospital laboratories. Technology is also now available for portable X-rays and ultrasound. Providing care for patients right in the comfort of their homes has never been more possible.

Move towards home healthcare 

Healthcare reform acts in the past few years have made some advancement in supporting the growth of this practice. For example, a 2011 legislation provides financial incentives for home healthcare providers by giving them a cut of the savings made from avoiding extra hospital stays and treatments.

Home healthcare promises to lessen the burden on hospitals, hospital staff, and Medicare.  For its continued development, more systems and organizations are needed to support practitioners who provide valuable care in the patient’s home with the goal of offering more satisfying and effective service.

7 Responses

  • Val P.

    Healthcare at home will surely benefit patients who prefer to be treated at home or whose illnesses need more intensive care. If anything, healthcare home may hold the key to the future of modern medical care.

  • Cirrito

    Agreed, that certain patients will benefit from healthcare delivered at home. There’s something about a home environment that provides patients with motivation and hope which can spell a big difference in healthcare.

  • Scott

    Thanks for this post. I do agree that responsive healthcare must really be practiced at home at all times. This can minimize the occurrence of diseases among our families. Let us support and patronize available healthcare services and products for optimum health.

  • Charlie

    Thanks for this post. I do agree that responsive healthcare must really be practiced at home at all times. This can minimize the occurrence of diseases among our families. Let us support and patronize available healthcare services and products for optimum health.

  • Xavier

    I think this is a great step towards providing premium and holistic healthcare services. The problem with healthcare done in clinics and hospitals is that patients sometimes don’t feel the sincerity.

  • Barbara

    All great comments. I really think home health care is more practical, and you always have this feeling that you’re in the safest place in the world. Indeed, there’s really no place like home.

  • Asfella

    If I could stay home and get my medical updates and checkups from my doctor, I would be happy. I have very ill parents who require a lot of treatment, and getting them to the doctor is a huge hassle. You’re definitely right when you say that people will be happier. I was reading http://www.mdtmag.com/blogs/2015/03/rebooting-healthcare-system yesterday and it had me thinking even more about this.

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