There is no question that house calls between patients and physicians can help provide better outcomes. In general, patients who receive care in their homes are more likely to adhere to treatment plans and medication regimens, have improved communication with their doctors, and experience fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
But for seniors living in communities like assisted living facilities, memory care communities, or even in their own homes, the benefits of house calls can be particularly pronounced. That’s because many seniors have complex medical needs that require close monitoring and coordination between different specialists. They may also have difficulty getting to and from doctor’s appointments or understanding complicated discharge instructions after a hospital stay.
In addition, seniors are more likely to suffer from chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis, which can be effectively managed but require close attention. And as the population ages, the number of seniors with these chronic conditions is only going to increase.
That’s why house calls from doctors can make such a big difference for seniors. By coming to see patients where they live, doctors can get a better sense of their overall health and identify potential problems early on. They can also work with patients to develop personalized care plans that take into account the unique challenges of aging.
Of course, not all doctors make house calls anymore. But there are still some who do, and they can be a valuable resource for seniors. If you or someone you know is a senior citizen, don’t hesitate to contact GeissMed today for a full suite of house call and Telehealth options.