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.
More and More Patients Receive In-Home Care
In-home care is a global trend, with increasing numbers of patients around the world being cared for at home.
THE ROLE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN SUPPORTING IN-HOME CARE
New technologies are making in-home care possible through patient monitoring of health data exchanged remotely with medical providers.
NURSES AND PHARMACISTS: A NEW PART TO PLAY
Nurses and pharmacists have a new part to play when it comes to shifting care into the community and the home.
PATIENTS: EMPOWERED TO MANAGE THEIR DISEASES
THE BENEFITS FOR HOSPITAL EFFICIENCY
When in-home and community based care is organised to handle chronic care, hospitals can focus on their original objectives and gain in efficiency.
Spotlight on Prevention: When, Who and How?
Unhealthy lifestyles and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of chronic diseases. Early prevention and diagnosis, better education, and above all collaboration among governments, patient organizations, and industry are crucial to prevent chronic diseases from arising.