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You’ve all heard the story. An elderly man with chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure and COPD goes into the hospital due to a recent flare up with congestive heart failure. He returns home after his stay with new medications – upping his total number of medications to 15. Despite recent discussions with family and hospital staff he continues to smoke, making it hard to walk around the house, complete household chores and climb steps without shortness of breath.
He is not alone. More than 25 percent of all Americans have two or more chronic conditions, making it difficult to lead independent lives, while requiring ongoing medical care and supportive services. Thanks to recent advancements in medicine, these diagnoses can be treated rather effectively. Unfortunately, the costs to control these chronic illnesses rise exponentially over time and can become a burden on patients, caregivers and health care providers.
As cases of chronic illness continue to rise, home care agencies across the nation are facing the challenge head on. In fact, most home care agencies feel they are in the best position to combat chronic disease and repel this growing health care epidemic. Here’s why:
Comfort: Although it’s easy to get back into old habits once you’re back in the home, it’s also a place that is comfortable for the patient. Change will have to happen to keep them out of the hospital, but change can come easier in familiar and secure settings.
Convenient: After your latest stay in the hospital, the last thing you want to do is to get out and see doctors and specialists. Home care allows you to receive quality, personalized care without having to leave home. For those dealing with reoccurring illnesses, it is extremely beneficial to have the care come to you when it is too taxing to be mobile.
Comprehensive: Often times, patients struggling with chronic disorders need more than a registered nurse to come and check vitals and fill pill boxes. They may need supportive services to help them cook meals and clean because it’s too difficult in their current condition. Patients being discharged from the hospital should look for home health care agencies that can be their “one-
As chronic care management becomes a mainstream model, health care providers will look to home care to become the cornerstone for providing the care to patients suffering from long-
Joel Newman is the Director of Business Development for Western Illinois Home Health Care
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