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Understanding Home Health Care and Who Needs It

HOME HEALTH CARE WHAT IT ENCOMPASSES

Home health care has certainly gained prominence in India over the past few years especially with Covid and associated lockdowns depriving a large number of chronic patients of appropriate medical help. Home service providers stepped in to fill a critical gap

Home healthcare is affordable and cost effective medical assistance provided at the convenience of one’s home offered by trained caregivers and medical professionals at the time of illness, injury or chronic conditions.

Home Health care primarily comprises three segments.

  1. a) Home health services- at-home nursing, caretakers, physiotherapy, laboratory and diagnostics and medical consults
  2. b) Home health devices- such as home monitoring devices, surfaces and ambulatory aids, therapeutic devices etc. which provides the congenial environment for monitoring of the patient health and providing assistance  in ADL , or therapeutic and  preventive  devices which aid  in maintaining  / improving the patient’s condition
  3. c) Home health solutions- Telemedicine and tele-health where distances / disability / bedridden conditions prevent the patient from being easily moved to visit the nearest care facility or to increase the convenience for the patient.

 

WHY TAKE HOMECARE  

The need for homecare could be as simple as assistance in activities of daily living, where the patient is limited either due to old age or some medical condition in successfully completing their day to day activities without assistance. In such cases specially in the  Indian scenario the  family  support  network comes into picture however where assistance is required for a  longer duration or indefinitely such as  in chronic conditions  or in case of geriatric assistance  this  can be a  burden even for the  care provider  in  the family . In such cases a trained caretaker can create great relief for not only the family members but also provide consistent, timely, uninterrupted support to the patient and improve their quality of life and degree of independence.

Another  reason for choosing Homecare  could be where the degree of care required is beyond the scope of the  family  caregiver , in cases where  care goes beyond just  general care such as  in  cases  where close  monitoring is required , or where  medical assistance and procedures are  required, or a  trained physiotherapist  is required  the family member alone  no matter  how diligent  he or she may be  will find it difficult to provide care without assistance  of trained nurses  and medical Practitioners.

For  specific acute disease conditions  or acute exacerbations or post-surgical care    where  short  term services are required at the convenience of one’s home such  as  antibiotic  therapy , wound dressing , orthopedic conditions such  as  low back pain , frozen shoulder  etc. Though these services are also usually available at the nearest secondary or tertiary health care facility / Hospital. However time is a constraint or mobility is a constraint, or affordability or compliance   is   a constraint in such cases Homecare is an affordable option for patients.

 

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM HOME CARE?

Geriatric population especially  those with a limited family support / network or with children abroad – As per NIA (National Institute  of Ageing US)Research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death.

People who find themselves unexpectedly alone due to the death of a spouse or partner, separation from friends or family, retirement, loss of mobility, and lack of transportation are at particular risk.

A Caretaker in such cases does not only provide care and assistance but also provides companionship. Supportive  services such  as  doctor visits at home , laboratory services at home , physiotherapy  and geriatric rehabilitation etc. can also go a long way in monitoring closely the health of a loved  one  on a regular  basis .

Long stay Immuno-compromised patients / or those at risk of Hospital acquired infections  – there are a lot of times where  patients at  risk of hospital acquired infections are  discharged once they are stabilized as their prolonged stay in  the hospital itself can be a  causative factor for further health complications. It is also a known fact that healing at home especially for the geriatric population can have much better clinical outcomes as compared to inpatient admissions (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6179605/).  In such cases setting up a supportive environment at home or providing care at home can be a very good option with better clinical outcomes.  For chronic conditions or longstanding  illness  (especially in case  of Stroke / Brain injury ) etc. once  active medical treatment is done with , ICUs  can be setup at home with nursing support and regular  Doctor visits , which can not only lead to better  clinical outcomes but also are  more affordable

Post-surgical conditions  – certain post-surgical patients  require special care in terms of support due to limited  mobility , or physiotherapy  support or support  in wound dressing and wound care in such conditions too Home Healthcare can a boon specially for patients who find it  difficult to avail these services on Outpatient basis.

End of Life care – Medicine is but limited in its scope and we are all mortals. It is very  difficult to loose someone close to you , but to see someone dwindle away day to day can take a  great toll on the family and near and dear ones .  Sometimes the hospital themselves inform the caretakers to take  the patient home and take care of him / her  , in other  conditions such  as  cancer as  the disease progresses end of life  care  becomes  essential where the entire aim is to make the patient as comfortable as he or she can be . Be it pain management or support in breathing homecare is coming to the forefront in end of life care and can support even the family members through this tough time.

 

KS HOMECARE  

KS Homecare is a Unit of Indus Healthcare creating an ecosystem for the patients of Indus Hospital to avail Home healthcare Services at the convenience of their home. It provides a full range of Home Healthcare services ranging from ICU setups at home, medical equipment rentals, Doctor Visits at home, Nursing care at home, Caretaker services, physiotherapy at home as well as supportive services such as Laboratory and diagnostic facilities at home, Tele-consultation and Medicine delivery. In lines with the diligent care and quality standards set by Indus Hospitals, KS Homecare provides “Expert Homecare you can Trust”.

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