When an individual leaves a hospital, he or she is rarely “healthy” or well enough to be expected to fully maintain their healthcare needs on their own.
There are numerous risks associated with ineffective care transition from a hospital to a home or a hospital to a retirement community. Often, ineffective transitions lead to hospital readmission. To minimize this, consider the value of in-home physician care.
In-Home Physician Care Reduces Complications After Discharge
In-home physician care can offer a number of clear benefits to all involved, especially the patient, and can help ensure a successful progression of care after leaving the hospital. To facilitate this, consider these tactics:
1. Minimize the need to go back and forth to doctor’s appointments
After a hospital admission, trips to see a doctor become more frequent, especially in the days and weeks after discharge. Allowing an in-home physician to handle these appointments in-house reduces strain and risks of falls or further complications.
2. Ensure more on-hands care to reduce future stays
With an in-home physician visit, the individual gets routine care more frequently and even sooner after a hospital stay. This can correct concerns or provide enhanced support at home before the condition worsens and warrants a new admission.
3. Minimize stress on the patient and family with more consistent care
With the utilization of an in-house physician, the patient and the family gain some level of confidence. Instead of worrying and stressing over having to meet care guidelines in a home setting, they gain more hands-on support and guidance. This gives them confidence and can reduce problems in a real-time scenario.
4. Create a smooth transition for all involved
It is also important to ensure caregivers can provide the level of care necessary after a new admission and discharge. This may include more responsibilities, medication management, or wound care. It becomes essential to ensure caregivers understand new changes.
5. Reduce emergency room stressors
The fear of being in an unfamiliar environment, dealing with infections from these high-risk areas, and the enhanced risk of falls all make ER visits less beneficial. With a physician’s visit in-home, it is less likely such visits are necessary. As such, the patient remains healthy longer.
The use of an in-house physician minimizes risks and improves outcomes while helping ensure the patient is given the level of care necessary. SC House Calls’ patient-focused, care management program provides a personalized approach to managing each patient’s experience, giving patients and partners better post-hospital results.
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