The Home Healthcare concept is not new at all. Home Healthcare industry is experiencing a dynamic change or growth in developed countries and also spreading worldwide.
There are a number driving forces that are making Home Healthcare industry leaders to think in a new, creative way to modify their business. There is a need for Home Healthcare providers to redefine and redesign the pattern of their service to match with the increasing demand of the future market.
The data from a recent study has shown that the hospital charges have increased drastically in past 4-5 years. The hospital charges include admission charge, bed or cabin rent, meals (breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner) charges, medicines cost, associated therapy charges, fee for doctor visit, nursing charges etc. The study told that if the same treatment is being carried out at home the charges would be almost half. Then surely one will go for Home Healthcare only.
It is now not only limited to giving medical support to the patient at home. The meaning of Home Healthcare is going to change completely. Various market survey reports suggest that providers should prepare a complete package of Home Healthcare at a very affordable cost. Their Home Healthcare package should include the following services.
Transportation: The patient should be taken home from hospital or from incident place to home. Ambulance should be ready for that.
Initial treatment: First aide treatment should be given in case the patient is just exposed to the illness or faced an accident to give a relief. Doctor should be called at this phase. So, doctors contact list should be available with the providers in case the patient is not in position to recommend any doctor.
Main treatment: As per Doctor’s advice treatment should be provided. All the medical set up should be done at patient’s home quickly to ensure that there is no delay in treatment.
Nursing: Qualified nurse should be appointed to take care of the patient for the whole period. The nurse should take care of medication, track the improvement, follow up with the doctor, and handle any emergency situation, all these with a homely, caring attitude.
Therapy: They should arrange for any required therapy treatment by appointing a good therapist.
Meals: They should provide the meals service also if needed in case patient is alone at home and not able to prepare own food. At the time of providing meals they also may take extra care by taking dietitian’s advice to ensure healthy recovery.
Counseling: Arrange for counseling sessions whenever needed to give mental support to the patient.
Medical technology products: To provide state of the art facility to the client they have to keep themselves updated with all the medical technology discoveries. They can have a stock of new patient care products like Glucose monitoring system, Inhalation system, Automatic Sphygmomanometer, Insulin delivery devices etc to stay ahead in the competition.
Prediction of the market researcher tells that there will be a rapid growth in the Home Healthcare field in next 4-5 years. Are you thinking of getting into this field as a new career option? Not a bad idea. Try your luck.