Physicians recommend home care as an alternative to lengthy and expensive hospital stays. Studies have shown that patients experience substantial improvement in a shorter period of time when receiving treatment in the nurturing and familiar surroundings of home. At Well Care, the rapid improvement in a patient’s condition is due in part to the strong relationships our professionals build with each client and their attending physician, as well as our commitment to industry best practice standards. It takes a special person to perform the duties associated with a career in home care, and Well Care is fortunate to have a dedicated staff of medical professionals who provide the expertise and trust that is so vital to the industry.
Advances in technology and trends such as telemedicine are making home care more cost-effective while simultaneously improving patient outcomes. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Michael Leavitt, home and community-based care is “radically more efficient” than institutional care. Studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine support the value of homecare versus institutional care and hospitalization. A recent survey of medical literature shows the cost-effectiveness of homecare compared to institutional care.
Cost of Inpatient Care (Per Patient per Month) Compared to Home Care
(Compiled by American Association for Homecare)
|Hospital Costs||Home Care Costs||Dollar Savings|
|Low birth weight||$26,190||$330||$25,860|
|Congestive heart failure||1,758||1,605||153|
|Intravenous antibiotic therapy||12,510||4,650||7,860|