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Home Care: Current Problems and Future Solutions-Warren Balinsky

  • Title: Home Care: Current Problems and Future Solutions
  • Author: Warren Balinsky
  • Released: 1994-01-15
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  • Pages: 252
  • ISBN: 0787900451
  • ISBN13: 978-0787900458
  • ASIN: 0787900451

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Review "Finally--compelling arguments for doing what we feel intuitively is right--providing health care at home.'' —Senator Edward M. Kennedy

"Home Care is a fundamental resource for anyone interested in reducing costs and improving outcomes and patient quality of life." —Robert A. Fusco, president, Olsten Kimberly QualityCare

From the Inside Flap Shows how to increase access to home health care while simultaneously controlling costs and maintaining quality. Offers an insightful overview on how the home care health industry has evolved. Reveals why home care has become the preferred form of treatment for many patients and caregivers and analyzes the specific patient populations for which it is most appropriate.In addition to the obvious benefits to the patient--increased comfort and security, greater privacy and autonomy, more control of activities and decisions, greater confidentiality, reduced risk of catching nosocomial infection--the author's research bears out that home care can be less expensive for targeted patient populations. Balinsky argues that home care can be most cost effective for populations such as many technologically assisted pediatric, elderly, and AIDS patientsthe very patients who are the most costly to care for in an institutional setting are the ones who derive the greatest benefit and represent the largest savings when cared for at home.Using examples of successful models--shared aide, hospice and long term home health care--the author outlines suggestions on how to improve the cost effectiveness of home and community based care. Some of the recommAndations include targeting services to those with the most severe disabilities; prioritizing hospital diversion strategies; investigating the utility of technological advances and improving utilization control.

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