Healthcare delivery

In-Home Care

Efficient reorganisation of care delivery will require shifting care for chronic diseases from hospitals to homes. Hospitals are designed to treat acutely ill patients who need intensive, round-the-clock care. However, patients suffering from chronic, long-term illness don’t usually require that level of care and actually achieve better outcomes when they can be cared for at home or in mid-level care facilities, depending on their condition.

Determining which care setting is most appropriate includes taking into account the overall well-being of patients. Home is a more comfortable, familiar setting, for starters. Also, patients aren’t exposed to dangerous antibiotic-resistant infections that may be found in hospitals. While patients with chronic conditions need regular care, that care can often be delivered at home by nurses and other healthcare professionals who coordinate with the patient’s doctor potentially using m-heath or e-health tools. Regular, reliable home care ensures changes in their condition can be caught early on and their treatment can be quickly adjusted. The result: better-managed conditions and fewer hospitalisations.

Caring for patients in the most optimal setting can also help control costs by freeing up hospital resources for acute patients.

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