If you’re “on the fence” about whether home health care is appropriate during the current COVID-19 pandemic, bear in mind the experts say home health care agencies like Love My Nurse can be more essential now than ever.
Hospitals are under tremendous strain trying to ensure they have the space, the staff and the supplies to treat patients who have been diagnosed with the virus. It’s crucial for them to be able to focus on the treatment of those patients. Additionally, people who receive home health care are among the most vulnerable to the virus. Home health care agencies, like Love My Nurse, can be essential in providing services that keep beds free and patients out of harm’s way.
According to an April 2, 2020, online article on homecaremag.org:
“While the need for already-stretched hospital resources is not expected to peak, in many states, for another two to three weeks, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, it is imperative to prepare for the escalation of impacted patients.
“In the face of this unprecedented surge, home health care agencies are uniquely qualified to provide much needed relief to the nation’s health care system by caring for patients with chronic illnesses or post-acute challenges, who are well enough to be discharged from inpatient care but still require close monitoring and ongoing care—especially to help avoid rehospitalizations, which will only exacerbate the pressure on the system.”
Health care workers employed by Love My Nurse already take standard precautions to prevent transmission of pathogens and viruses, including proper hygiene, sanitation and personal protective equipment appropriate for the job, and we are taking even more steps to ensure those we serve are safely able to continue the treatments and interventions necessary to keep them in their own homes.
One new measure is the implementation of telehealth. Through a patient’s smartphone or other mobile device, our health professionals will be able to keep up to date on their condition and walk them through many types of interventions remotely. This will allow some patients to reduce the number of visits in-home while still maintaining in the safety of their home.
In short, there are a lot of steps being taken by Love My Nurse to keep patients safe and ensure the best possible outcomes for them.