Our home is our castle, our refuge from the storm. When we are happy, we go home to celebrate, When we are not feeling well, we seek the sanctity of our home and the comfort of being with loved ones.
Home Care keeps families together
There is no more important social value. It is particularly important in times of illness.
Home Care helps the elderly maintain their independence
None of us wants to be totally dependent and helpless. With some assistance, seniors can continue to function as viable members of society.
Home Care prevents or postpones institutionalization
No one wants to be placed in a nursing home, unless this is the only place where we can obtain the total, 24 hour care that we need.
Home Care promotes healing
There is much scientific evidence that patients heal more quickly at home.
Home Care represents the best tradition in American health care
Most health care has always been given in the home. A visit to the hospital is the exception, rather than the rule.
Home Care is safer
For all of its life saving potential, some 20% of the people who enter a hospital develop a complication, such as an infection. The incidence of such risks at home is near zero.
Home Care allows a maximum amount of freedom for the individual
A hospital, of necessity, is a regulated, regimented environment. The same is true of a nursing home.
Home Care is personalized care
Home care is tailored to the needs of each individual. It is delivered one-on-one.
Home Care, by definition, involves the individual and the family in the care that is delivered
The patient and the family are taught to participate in their health care.
Home Care reduces stress
Unlike most forms of health care, which can increase anxiety and stress, home care has the opposite effect.
Home Care is the most effective form of health care
There is a very high consumer satisfaction associated with health care delivered in the home.
Home Care is given by special people
By and large, home care nurses and aids look at what they do as a calling, not as a job. They are motivated by the physic income they receive helping people get better, rather than wages that tend to be comparatively low.
Home Care is the only way to reach some people
In many of the rural parts of America , or dense urban areas, home care is the only form of health care available. Nurses and aids visit patients in remote areas on horseback or by jeep. In urban areas, they may be accompanied by armed guards to bring their healing mission into high crime areas.
Home Care extends life
Studies by schools of Nursing and by government agencies establish, that beyond a doubt, home care extends longevity. The visits by home care personnel help people not only medically, but spiritually.
Home Care improves quality of life
Home care not only helps add years to life, but also life to years. Studies in the US and abroad show that those receiving home care have higher rates of satisfaction with life.
Home Care is the most efficient form of health care
This is because it is personalized. It uses the patients own home, instructs the patient, enlists the patients family as care givers, it cuts down on expensive travel to hospitals, and minimizes expensive hospital stays. Historically, there has been comparatively little fraud and abuse associated with federal payments for home care.
Home Care is less expensive then other forms of care
The evidence from studies around the world, (including massive new studies in Canada ), demonstrate that home care is always far less expensive than hospitalization and almost always less costly than comparable placement in a nursing home.
Technology increasingly makes Home Care the preferred mode of health care delivery
Telemedicine, a spin off of the space program, is making tremendous inroads. The Internet will make it increasing possible to diagnose, monitor and treat illness at a distance - in patients homes.
Home Care is the preferred form of health care for the infirm and disabled
Home care is preferred by a margin of 90% over comparable institutional care by individuals who are infirm. Individuals who are facing terminal illness are increasingly electing that form of home care called Hospice. In short, home care is the oldest form of health care. Health care has traditionally been given at home throughout the centuries. It is also the newest. Modern technology has developed to the point where virtually anything that is available in a hospital can be provided at home. There is significant evidence that it is less costly than other forms of care available to the American public. Little wonder that the public is demanding that it be made more available. It is an idea whos' time has come.