The ways people are viewing home health care are changing. The future of home health is a gradual merge between personal care, at home care therapy and health care technologies in the home. As the average consumer becomes more educated about his health and medical related issues through the internet and various media, he becomes more hands-on about his health bringing more questions to his physician instead of the physician being his only source of knowledge.
Health care that does not require doctor expertise is leaving the doctor’s office and medical centers and being grouped into “nutritional therapy”, “therapy and rehabilitation”, “pain management” and other at-home technologies. This is definitely a good thing since most of these groups are relatively safe to administer at-home and generally need to be used on a regular basis to be effective.
At-home health care places more responsibility on the patient to comply with the treatment or technology, and it gives the doctors and physicians more of a monitoring role to assure compliance. This opens doors to amazing opportunities to provide more effective, controlled, and consistent treatments – which is exactly what doctors want, but they are limited by access to the patients.
Examples of these might be laser therapy for joint and muscle pain, arthritis and sports injuries. This non-invasive process is easily administered in the home and with regular therapy has shown to be most effective in healing when dealing with pain, degenerative joint conditions, slow healing wounds and soft tissue injuries. Why? It’s because of the consistency and ease of maintaining that consistency in the home instead of the next appointment outside of the home.
The benefit is improved health care access. Consistency is the best policy for medical treatment. If treatment can be administered more regularly and the patient is monitored closer, the chances of a better outcome are statistically higher.
Another benefit is that at-home care lowers health care costs. If you’ve been to the hospital lately, you know that the overhead is ridiculously high. It’s the insurance companies and regulations that make health care so expensive. Home health care lowers the costs by removing physician time and, therefore, some insurance burdens from the picture. Patients can be treated at home, which keeps the cost of health care down and gives them extra money to potentially spend on additional health care options.
With the flood of mobile technologies, continuous access to streaming digital content, at-home care management and monitoring have really taken off. Doctors will always have their place in the health care system. But, for everyday ailments such as back pain, arthritis, muscle soreness, tendonitis and wound care, a visit to the doctor is almost out of the picture.
At home health care is really driven by the patients themselves. It solicits an informed and educated patient who is willing to take control of his or her own health or a patient that is need of easy access to consistent health care and allows them to rely less on doctors as their primary care giver. Fortunately, many doctors are supportive of home health care since it helps them provide better care for their patients.
With the future of health care moving forward, home health care is becoming the inexpensive and effective treatment for those with everyday health conditions. Speak with our experts on how at home care can help you or someone you love with everyday life.