It’s the little things that matter the most, like your favorite cup of tea, chatting with your loved ones, watching your favorite show on TV or reading a book to calm your senses.
Wherever you receive treatment provides patients with comfort and convenience along with choice and flexibility. Along with the strong support of your loved ones your stress level decreases. The stress of being sick can place the body under additional strain, physically, mentally and emotionally as well.
Most people prefer to heal at home after the process of hospitalization gets over. In the same way, the elderly people of the house prefer to stay home rather than go to a hospital if given a choice. Home health care is equipped with a variety of benefits like daily living, assistance with cooking, cleaning, and even bathing within the comfort of the home.
Apart from that, there is a cost attached to your hospital stay. It starts from Doctor’s visit, rent of the room, cost of equipment, to tests and medicines. Patients admitted in hospital under critical condition need high-end infrastructure support and constant medical attention. The nature of the treatment tends to isolate the patients from their families as well.
Continued research in healthcare has given way to technological advances. However, despite this, a majority of healthcare is traditional that includes hospital settings as well. Hospitals are undoubtedly the most convenient and preferred location to receive care for patients if we go by traditional ways but the concept is changing with changing times.
Benefits of home health care
1. Patients get a choice
Home health care allows patients to receive treatment, support, and assistance at home. At home, they don’t have to compromise with their privacy. It provides the patients with care, love, and affection at the home that helps them to recover fast. Patients get a choice to eat homemade food of their choice, move freely in their home and experience the fresh air that helps them to recover fast.
2. Proximity to family and friends
At hospitals, there are a lot of restrictions on visiting hours and restricted call times that keep you away from the family. Home health care means that you are close to friends and family. Receiving care at home allows patients to stay in their own environment and in the comfort of their homes. It keeps the patient within a close range of the loved ones. This can have a positive impact on the mental wellbeing of the patient.
3. Cost efficiencies for the patients and the person looking after them
A lot of patients and their relatives find parking to be the number one stressor when traveling to the hospital. The parking costs are very expensive when visiting the patients in the hospital. A lot of costs are incurred in traveling as well. Through home care, the costs associated with traveling to and from the hospital that includes public transport, parking and petrol can be avoided.
Additionally, in some cases, when the patient needs support from some person then the person takes time off work to help and facilitate their loved ones. They look after the person in the hospital and help him with food, day to day activities, medication, commuting to the hospital, which can take a toll on the finances as well.
4. Decreasing the risk of hospital readmission
For the members with specific health needs or suffering from chronic diseases like Sleep apnea, asthma, cancer or COPD, receiving care at home can decrease the risk of hospital readmission. They can easily be provided with essential equipment like an oxygen concentrator on rent or any other from the hospital itself. In addition to it, Patients receiving in-the-home care may recover more quickly and there is less chance of re-hospitalization.
When you compare the scenario with the ones receiving care in the hospital the people getting personal attention recover fast and thus, decrease the chance of readmission in the hospital. There are several factors that make readmission rates lower. They are reduced risk of infections, physiological change following a period of inactivity, like bed rest and other events that can slow down recovery in-hospital.
Being familiar with the home environment enables people to get back to their daily activities more quickly. They carry out their daily chores like making a cup of tea or changing their bed covers themselves that make them feel coming back to normal life. It’s also simple things like sleeping in your own bed and having a good night’s sleep helps people have the energy to move around. This, in turn, speeds up the recovery and makes them come to their normal self soon.
5. Maintaining the quality of life
Simple activities like cozying up on your couch, eating homemade snacks from your fridge and reading the books of your choice make all the difference when you’re not in your true spirit.
The comforts of home, whether it’s being with your family, cuddling your favorite pet or just being able to sleep in your own bed, provide patients with added peace of mind and comfort. During a stressful time, there is no place like home. The thought of staying home can bring things to normal very quickly and can work as a panacea for the patient.
6. Reduced risk of catching infections
Patients suffering from various ailments are admitted to the hospital for their treatment. Thus there is an increased risk of catching infections that can add to the complications. Sometimes, if a patient catches an unnecessary infection, it could even prove fatal for his well-being.
On the other hand, if the patient is in critical health condition and is provided with the ICU set up at home, the risk of catching an infection decreases to a great extent. The reason behind it is that the visits of the outsiders are limited and more focused efforts are made in a home setting to maintain hygiene so that the patient recovers fast.