In-home care for seniors is the preferred way to go for many. The reasons for wanting to be at home are as individual as the patients themselves. For some, it offers the comfort and assurance of familiar surroundings. For others, it’s the importance of companionship with their pet. No matter what the reason, the research proves that in-home care provides more benefits for senior overall health and wellness than any other care solution.
Palliative care in the home is just another instance of the growing demand for home care services year over year. While hospice at home has been the mainstay for quite a while, palliative care is quickly becoming the preferred mode of care for many patients and insurers alike. Patients like to be in their own beds, and insurers see it as cost savings. It’s a win-win for everyone.
The cost savings, while always welcome when it comes to insurers, is not the only benefit they are seeing when it comes to in-home care. There are other ways it can save both the patient and the insurer a bundle when it comes to providing care in the home.
In-Home Care Creates More Time To Assess Patient Status
Having care providers come to the home to do patient assessments is creating some key ways to gather information on how a patient is really doing, rather than when they show up in the doctor’s office or the ER. When seniors go to medical offices for doctor’s visits, they tend to do 2 things, clean up for the occasion, and try to impress the doctor by portraying a better picture than what the reality may be.
How often have seniors had chronic medical complaints with other caregivers only to go to the doctor’s office and tell the doctor that they feel “fine?” This scenario is frustrating for all involved, but can also mask real issues that need addressing in a timely fashion.
With in-home care or home-based palliative care comes a host of providers all working together to keep the patient at home. You get nurses, skilled providers, social workers, and professional caregivers coming by to visit with the patient on a regular basis.
Going to the doctor’s office and putting on a smiling face doesn’t let the doctor know that medications are being skipped because the patient can’t afford them. Visiting the ER doesn’t let the hospital know that the patient hasn’t had heat in 3 weeks because they needed food instead. If no one is coming by to check on the senior who frequently falls, who will know that their home is full of boxes, furniture, and other things that are too easy to trip over?
Hoarding is a common problem for a lot of seniors who live at home. There can be many reasons for hoarding things in a house, but all of it leads to potential fall risks and potential fire hazards. Providing in-home care easily alerts those who need to know about what can be done to create a better living environment for the senior wanting to age-in-place. Social workers who have time to assess living situations and financial concerns can do a better job of finding the right solutions when they are in the patient’s home to do an accurate survey of what is needed in real-time.
Great Information Should Be Shared With The Whole In-Home Care Team
Especially for in-home palliative care, great information is only as good as how effectively it is shared. When multiple agencies and organizations are collecting, storing, and using data to treat the same patient, information is inevitably being lost in the shuffle of individual EHR systems. More can be done to ensure every member of the in-home care team has what they need to do a great job providing care for the patient being treated at home.
eCare Vault is the first cloud-based, HIPAA compliant solution of its kind to be able to meet the needs of multiple care providers to effectively create a medical workflow management strategy. When many documents, multiple professionals, and critical information management is in play, the only way to win is with a workflow solution that any medical professional or in-home care agency can use to center on one patient.
For care administrators, being able to see everyone’s care notes, information, and input is key to being able to make effective decisions regarding continued care. For case managers in and out of the hospital and insurer setting, being able to assess patient care from all sides is crucial to finding the right care and managing the costs of care as it happens.
Controlling costs and finding the right care at the right time is the goal of every in-home care provider. For more information on how workflow management can improve your quality of care delivery, contact us today for a no-risk demonstration of how eCare Vault can work for you.