Home care can be discussed from various perspectives. In some cases, home care is more expensive than hospital stays or resident facilities. Home care is usually perceived as non medical care, but medical intervention is also common, albeit there are financial implications. Home care is deemed necessary for many health conditions or diseases and especially chronic conditions and terminal illnesses. You may be contemplating the merits and demerits of home care for a family member, friend or relative. It is necessary to understand and prioritise the medical and non medical implications of home care over other factors. The other factors cannot be forgotten but they are less significant.
Every disease or illness has a profound emotional impact on a patient. If there is more than one health condition and some disability, then the psychological impact is all the more severe and one must understand the consequences of not attending to this reality. The emotional or psychological impact can be medical if the disorders or symptoms are diagnosable or they may be non medical that can be only assessed by someone close to the patient or only when one spends some time living with them. Home care is the best way to provide the emotional assistance or support that a patient needs. Every patient needs adequate emotional support. The extent may vary but the need is universal.
Home care may not have as much of a medical implication as far as the availability of equipment and other systems are concerned. They are not necessary for everyday care, assistance and supervision so one has to prioritise what is needed all the time. A resident care facility would relocate the patient and that would further affect the emotional state of the person. Home care will be continuity. The person would remain in the familiar setting and shall be taken care of all the time. The non medical implications are hence easy to understand. The medical implications of home care emanate from taking good care of the patient. Severe worsening of symptoms can be stemmed or averted completely if the home caregiver is an expert, experienced and effective.
Many patients do not recover fast enough and those suffering from chronic conditions witness rapid deterioration of symptoms because of the absence of home care. Patients cannot always take care of themselves and families have other commitments. Unless there is someone who can truly be available all the time, home care is inevitable, and it can even be lifesaving in some cases.