here is no question aboutit: due to growing publicdemand, home health careis the wave of the future. The rea-sons for this trend are complex;they have to do with tradition,with technology and with costeffectiveness. Here are the top10 reasons why:
1. Home care is delivered athome.
There are such positivefeelings that all of us associatewith being home. Our home isour castle, our refuge from thestorm. When we are not feelingwell, most of us ask to go home.When we are feeling well, weenjoy the sanctity of our residencesand the joy of being with our lovedones.
2. Home care represents the besttradition in American health care.
Home health agencies werestarted as public agencies to seekout the poor and the needy whootherwise would go without care. No one was turned away. This isstill true for most of America’shome health agencies.
3. Home care extends life.
The U.S. General Account-ing Office has established beyonddoubt that those people receivinghome care live longer and enjoyliving.
4. Home care keeps familiestogether.
There is no more importantsocial value. It is particu-larly important in timesof illness.
5. Home care preventsor postpones institu-tionalization.
None of us wants tobe placed in a nursing homeunless this is the only placewhere we can obtain the 24-hour care that we need.
6. Home care promotes heal-ing.
There is scientific evidencethat patients heal more quicklyat home.
7. Home care is less expensivethan other forms of care.
The evidence is overwhelm-ing that home care is less expen-sive than other forms of care.Home care costs only one tenth asmuch as hospitalization and onlyone fourth as much as nursinghome placement to deal with com-parable health problems
8. Home care reduces stress.
Unlike most forms of healthcare, which can increase anxietyand stress, home care has the oppo-site effect. There is more of a senseof safety and ease in your ownhome environment.
9. Home care is the most effectiveform of health care.
There is a very high consumersatisfaction associated with caredelivered in the home.
10. Home care improves the qual-ity of life.
Home care helps not only addyears to life, but life to years.
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“Quality care at homeis becoming moreimportant nowadays,”
– Sonia Scott, CEO,Dorson Home Care
Quality home health carehas a new name: Dorson
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