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Advancement in technologies now allow many people to be treated at home who just a few years ago would have been treated in an institution. Home care includes treatment modalities, clinical and therapeutic services, domestic assistance and the associated services, supplies, and equipment needed to treat illness, disability or chronic conditions in the patient's home.  The goals of such products and services are to yield appropriate medical outcomes and/or improve or maintain the quality of life. Home care includes acute, primary, preventive, rehabilitative and long term care. The delivery of healthcare services to patients in their own homes is appreciated by many patients and their families. Many find that the intimate, loving atmosphere afforded by being home during periods of recovery is preferable to institutions.


 


Value of Home Care.


  • Home care keeps families together and prevents disruption by allowing the person needing care to stay at home while receiving that care.
  • Home care encourages individual decision-making at the local, community level.
  • Patients prefer receiving care in the security and comfort of their own homes versus institutional settings. 
  • Home Care provides the patient with "quality of life" advantages over institution care which results in more positive outcomes.  This may prevent the need for more intensive care.

The Role of the Family.


 


As a family member, your participation and contribution to the care of your loved one is valuable. Experts recognize the important role family members have in taking care of loved ones. The physiological and loving support can not be underestimated. The financial contributions of family caregivers raises an interesting point as well. The National Family Caregivers Association estimates that the market value of unpaid caregiver services is over $190 billion a year. This amount describes what family caregivers would be paid at market rates for providing basic non-medical care giving services--at an average of four hours a day, seven days a week. 


 


The Case for Home Care.


 


Trends in technology and advances in care such as home infusion therapy have enabled patients to receive appropriate and safe therapies in the home, which was not possible a decade ago. Hospitals are discharging patients earlier, often with more intensive care needs. This change has made home care a necessity, not an option. Home care is cost effective. For example, compare the savings shown below:


 


Conditions


Hospital Costs (per month)


Home Care Cost (per month)


Dollar Savings (per month)


Ventilator dependent adults


$21,570


$7,050


$14,520


Oxygen dependent adults


$12,090


$5,250


$6,810


Oxygen dependent children


$26,190


$330


$25,860


 


Home Care is Part of the Solution.


 


As Congress looks to reform the health care system and decides where money should be spent, home care is a critical factor.  Home care is part of the solution to the health care cost problem, because it prevents more expensive stays in institutional settings.  When sick, patients should receive treatment and therapies at the lowest-cost, medically appropriate site.  Using home care, patients can live at home, be mobile and remain productive members of society.  Finally, home care has created jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic Monthly Labor Review, home health care has created 345,000 job since 1988.


 


Medical Supplies & Equipment Company contributes to the home care solution by providing a full selection of products, which assist in the treatment of all manner of disease, illnesses or disabilities.  We offer high quality home care producs at reasonable prices.  Call us today at 1-877-706-4480 with any questions you may have about the home care products we offer.


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