Home Health Care: Good for the Bottom Line and for People

Adapted from a syndicated article by John Arthur written for Australia’s LINC Healthcare.

Home health care repeatedly comes up as an effective option for many reasons. In this season of debate, one big reason is cost savings. According to “Economic Analysis of Hospital in the Home,” a 2011 study commissioned by the Hospital in the Home Society of Australasia Ltd, “The home care model … costs 22% less than hospital care for six specific common health conditions: cellulitis, venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolus, respiratory infection/inflammation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and knee replacement.”

Home health care can be part of the solution of rising health costs. But it also is proven better not only for the bottom line, but for the people who need care and their families. In addition to the financial benefit – lower health care costs that use fewer resources – home health care gives people independence, comfort, security, dignity, peace of mind and high quality care. Home health care also gives the family a role in helping the person heal or live as comfortably as possible through the end of their days. How?

  • People are more comfortable and secure and less stressed at home than in a hospital.
  • By continuing their daily routines, they keep control over their day-to-day activities.
  • Home health care also provides individualized care for each person’s specific medical needs.
  • They and their families have more control over the type of care programs.
  • Families and friends can be actively involved in their care.
  • Families can keep together while patient is recuperating.
  • When surrounded with the warmth, support and love of family and friends, rather than being confined within the cold walls of an institution, people heal faster.

Home care services allow more flexibility for patients and their families. As our elderly population continues to increase, so does the need and demand for home care services. Whether people need rehabilitative or palliative care, or are chronically ill or disabled, home care services offer them a better environment for recovery, continued medication, or clinical assistance.

Franklin County Home Health Agency provides home health care and services, including hospice, to the residents of Franklin County, Vermont. Our programs range from childbirth education to end-of-life care and support. Visit our website, www.fchha.org, for more information.