Doctors making house calls again? That’s right! During this program, we learn about Doctors that make house calls! Many older patients are having mobility issues so Mom or Dad making a visit to the Doctor means you taking time off from your work, driving them to the Doctor’s office, waiting (forever it seems) in a crowded waiting room with them, and being exposed to who knows what diseases. And on top of that for many patients having leave home is a cause for worry in case they have a fall injury just trying to get to the Doctor and back!
Historically, Doctors making visits to the patient’s home was the norm. Why move a sick person long distances and make them even sicker when the Doctor could more easily come to them? But Doctors making house calls became rare starting in the 1960’s as new, non-portable testing equipment made the patient come to the equipment and also insurance companies changed their payment methods so Doctors could no longer afford to take the time to visit patients in their homes. Doctors making house calls has started to come back during the last 10-15 years as technologic advances in mobile and miniaturized equipment and a recognition by insurance systems that early treatment in the home could reduce hospitalizations and the cost of patient care.
Dr. Victor Vlahakos (or as we call him, Doctor Vic) with Kindred House Calls is going to be sharing vital information on this growing service and how it can help you and your family.
Some of the topics in this show include;
Advantages of house calls in comparison to office or hospital treatment:
*less effort and risk for the patient to see the Doctor.
*less exposure to treatment resistant infections.
*less burden for caregivers and patients results in improved compliance with treatment
Who can be seen? Age group(s), insurance limitations?
Approximate costs vs office visit.
How long does it take from the time I first ask for a Doctor?
Cases where a house call helped:
*Patients with chronic lung disease and recurrent lung infections including pneumonias treated at home
* Patients homebound due to spinal cord injuries.
* Patients with psychological diseases including agoraphobia making it difficult to get to the office to treat coexistent medical problems.
Dr. Vlahakos also shares very important information on how to be the advocate your loved one needs to be sure they don’t come home from the hospital in worse condition than when they went in! There are many hospital acquired problems that patients are coming home from Hospitals or rehabs with that could have been prevented by proper care while in the facility. Dr Vic shares vital things for caregivers to check on / watch for in the hospital!
You can learn more at Kindred Care