Here are several excerpts from an article by Robert Holly, a writer for Home Healthcare News. This article discusses where home-based healthcare is heading and why “Hospital-at-home” holds so much promise.
The full continuum of care will likely be provided in people’s homes in the not-so-distant future.
That includes everything from informal and formal personal care services to skilled home health and home-based primary care, experts say. It even includes emerging hospital-at-home models, though the lack of an existing supply chain may present a serious hurdle.
“Home-based medical care will get mainstreamed into the U.S. health care delivery system,” said Bruce Leff, director of the Center for Transformative Geriatric Research and a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University. “I don’t know how long that’s going to take, but I’m pretty certain about that.”
Leff made his comments about the future of home care during an opening presentation at the American Academy of Home Care Medicine’s (AAHCM) annual meeting, held recently in the Chicago suburb or Rosemont, Illinois. Based in Chicago, AAHCM represents physicians, nurses, physician assistants, social workers and other health care professionals dedicated to working in the field of home care medicine.