Home-Based Primary Care vs. Traditional Healthcare
Home-based primary care is when doctors and nurses come to your home to take care of you instead of you going to a doctor’s office or hospital. Traditional healthcare is when you go to the doctor’s office or hospital.
What are the benefits of home-based primary care?
Convenience: It’s easier for people who can’t travel to a doctor’s office or hospital, like people who are very sick or have disabilities. The doctors and nurses come to them instead.
Personalized care: Doctors and nurses can get to know you and your family in your own home. This can help them understand your needs better and give you the care that is best for you.
Better health outcomes: When doctors and nurses come to your home, they can see how you live and what might be making you sick. They can help you make changes to your home or lifestyle to improve your health.
Cost savings: Home-based primary care can be less expensive than going to a doctor’s office or hospital, especially if you don’t need to be admitted to the hospital.
Overall, home-based primary care can be a great option for people who need medical care but can’t easily leave their home. It can provide personalized, convenient, and cost-effective care that can lead to better health outcomes.
Do studies support home-based primary care?
There have been several scientific studies that support the effectiveness and benefits of home-based primary care. Here are a few examples:
A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that home-based primary care was associated with lower rates of hospitalization and emergency department visits among older adults with multiple chronic conditions.
Another study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that home-based primary care improved quality of life and reduced healthcare costs for older adults with complex medical needs.
A systematic review published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association found that home-based primary care was associated with improved health outcomes and reduced healthcare costs for older adults with chronic conditions.
A study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine found that home-based primary care was associated with improved quality of life and reduced hospitalizations among patients with advanced cancer.
These studies and others suggest that home-based primary care can be an effective and beneficial approach to delivering healthcare, particularly for older adults and those with complex medical needs.
Who can benefit from home-based primary care?
Home-based primary care can benefit many different groups of people, but it is particularly beneficial for individuals who have difficulty leaving their homes due to health or mobility issues. Some examples of people who may benefit from home-based primary care include:
Older adults: Many older adults have multiple chronic conditions and mobility issues that make it difficult for them to travel to a doctor’s office. Home-based primary care can provide them with convenient and personalized care in the comfort of their own homes.
Individuals with disabilities: People with disabilities may have difficulty accessing healthcare services due to physical or transportation barriers. Home-based primary care can help ensure that they receive the care they need without having to leave their homes.
Patients with serious or terminal illnesses: Patients with serious or terminal illnesses may require frequent medical attention and support. Home-based primary care can provide them with ongoing care and support in their homes, helping to improve their quality of life and reduce hospitalizations.
Patients with complex medical needs: Patients with complex medical needs, such as those requiring multiple medications or treatments, may benefit from the personalized care and attention provided by home-based primary care.
While home-based primary care can benefit a wide range of patients, it is particularly well-suited for individuals with mobility or health issues that make it difficult for them to access traditional healthcare services.
How can I find a home-based primary care provider?
TVP-Care is Houston’s local home-based primary care provider, serving patients who live in their own homes, or live with children, or live in senior communities.
Ready to bring the convenience of home-based primary care to a senior you love? Complete our interest form and our scheduling team will contact you.