Landmark house calls improve patient care in many ways—maybe too many to count! Here are some of the main ways that patients’ lives improve when the medical provider comes to visit the patient at their home.
1. Access to medical care is more convenient for the patient.
House calls can provide patients with regular access to quality medical care particularly for patients who have mobility, transportation or cognitive challenges.
2. More time between patient and provider.
House calls allow extended time between the patient and provider, in the familiar and comfortable environment of the patient’s home. This extra time allows for questions, education, as well as caregiver support and involvement.
3. Comprehensive and consistent monitoring and diagnosis of illness.
Regular house calls focus on preventative medicine and can help to monitor and control existing conditions. Additionally, they offer the opportunity for early diagnosis of new illnesses, which can be extremely beneficial to the patient’s health.
4. Support the care plan of the primary care physician.
Patients benefit when their primary care physician’s care plan is followed. House call programs support the primary care physician by offering after-hour home visits, urgent visits, and visit summaries after every house call.
5. Improved physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
The patient-centered approach of a house call program with the support of a multi-disciplinary care team can help improve the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of patients.
6. Lower healthcare costs.
House call programs can reduce the cost of health care to the patient and health plan by focusing on prevention and avoiding unnecessary hospital visits.