How Has Patient Choice Posed a Difficulty in Home-Based Care?

How Has Patient Choice Posed a Difficulty in Home-Based Care?

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Home-based care relieves strain on the healthcare system and enables patients to remain in their homes.

FREMONT, CA: Home health care services are medical care delivered to patients in the comfort of their own homes to treat an accident or condition. This type of care is not designed to take the place of crucial hospital care or to undertake examinations or surgeries in lieu of doctors. Rather than that, home health care attempts to enable people to manage their conditions and improve their health outcomes.

By outsourcing medical treatment to patients, hospitals gain a mutualistic advantage by alleviating pressure on sometimes overburdened health care systems, lowering the cost of hospital care, and empowering patients to act as their health care providers.

Home care settings are appropriate for people who require care but cannot leave the house. These patients may include the following:

  • Those who have sustained major injuries are in the process of recuperating
  • Patients who are elderly
  • Patients avoiding postpartum problems

The difficulty associated with home care and its solution

Patient selection: While home care has the potential to cut expenditures, emergency department visits, and readmissions, the primary impediment to widespread adoption of this care model is a lack of patient acceptance. Seniors who require regular in-home care to treat acute or chronic injuries or illnesses may prefer the more traditional hospital setting.

The reasons for older adults' preference for hospital treatment over home care vary and include social factors, emotional factors, and a desire to continue with what is familiar, which includes traveling to the hospital when they are unwell.

A preference for in-person care over home care may reflect the loneliness and a need for social connections and interactions that a hospital setting can provide. A desire to leave the house could be a sign of caregiver neglect or elder abuse.

A physician should emphasize a patient's desires for in-home care, as recommending this modality to a reluctant patient may result in negative psychological and physiological health effects.

A critical component of comprehending a patient's needs is for a physician to collect information regarding patient treatment preferences rather than the source of care, such as a family caregiver.

Giving patients more options through collaborative decision-making: While a home-care regimen may be clinically appropriate, it may be the incorrect decision for a patient's profile. The solution accommodates a patient's preference for home or hospital care. Strong partnerships between providers of home-based care and hospital-based care should be established. Such links would facilitate transitions between the two health care systems and account for changes in patients' preferences. Additionally, tighter ties between these two critical (and non-exclusive) services may facilitate transitions between these two care environments.

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