Why Seniors Shouldn’t Social Distance from Their Doctors – How Nursing Plus Can Help
In the age of COVID-19, social distancing has become the norm to keep everyone safe and healthy. While social distancing is important, many seniors are also social distancing from their physicians, even in situations where their ongoing conditions are worsening.
The elderly fear having to visit their doctor or think going to the hospital can result in contracting the Coronavirus. The truth is, seniors and others with chronic health conditions do not need to avoid visiting their doctors because Nursing Plus of Broward can help.
The Impact of Coronavirus on Medicine
The COVID-19 outbreak has affected every area of life, and the medical field even more than other areas. Phone calls and telehealth between patients and physicians is the new norm. Even house calls are growing in popularity. Face to face office visits still happen with a new variety of protocols to keep everyone safe. Even now as restrictions are eased, these changes are still in place so patients can get the care they need and remain reassured of their safety.
Physicians understand the impact stress, emotions, family relationships and responsibilities play on a patient’s health – and want to help. While it is important to stay safe at home, taking care of yourself and your loved ones- seniors should not social distance themselves from their caregivers or their physicians. Phone calls, video chats, in-home visits, and even office visits can be performed safely.
At Nursing Plus of Broward, we facilitate physician house calls. Contact us today for more information!
The Benefits of House Calls
For many seniors, physician house calls may provide the answer. While house calls sound like a thing of the past, they are making a comeback, with the support of physicians, and home health care providers.
Physician house calls allow seniors to remain independent while promising the access to much needed health care. Nursing Plus of Broward, a Medicare-certified home health care company, can help by facilitating the needed physician house calls for seniors who qualify.
This will not only help seniors stay safe in the age of Coronavirus, but also can help reduce costs across the board for patients as well as Medicare and other insurance providers. Having regular in-home visits by their physician can help seniors:
- Reduce the need for hospital services for chronic conditions
- Lower hospital readmissions
- Decrease lengths of hospital stay when they are needed
- Reduce lengths of long-term care facilities when they are needed.
When seniors do not have access to home medical care, and with the anxiety surrounding safer at home protocols, many delay medical visits to the point their conditions worsen, and they must use emergency rooms for the needed care. This is often followed by hospital admission, which can be lengthy.
A physician house call can ensure high-quality care in the convenience of their home, alleviating many of the concerns which come with going into a doctor’s office or clinic. In addition, it delivers a measure of independence which many seniors want, while providing the support and health care required. Physician home visits are a safe and effective way to check that seniors are treated, while helping them avoid the challenges and concerns of heading in for an office visit.
Common Types of House Calls
There are a number of reasons you or your loved one may need an in-home doctors’ visit and at Nursing Plus of Broward, these types of house calls are the most common:
- The management of chronic illnesses for the homebound
- Follow-up visits needed following hospitalization
- The assessment and treatment of acute illness
Contact Nursing Plus of Broward Today
Having a physician come to see you when you are ill at home can ease your mind about additional health concerns. Seniors can do so successfully with the help of the caring, professional staff at Nursing Plus of Broward which includes:
- Registered nurses (RNs)
- Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)
- Home health aides
- Medical social workers
- Facilitated in-home Physician visits
For seniors, who fear the Coronavirus or suffer from underlying conditions, but need health care, Nursing Plus of Broward delivers quality care, while limiting exposure using CDC recommended protocols and personal protective equipment (PPE).