The Benefits of House Calls
Welcome Health Medical Group
People might remember doctors making house calls “back in the day”. In fact, by the 1930s, doctors performed almost half of patient visits in people’s homes. By the end of the 20th century, that number decreased to less than 1%. Even today, people assume they must travel far for good medical care. People spend, on average, more than 30 minutes traveling to a doctor, not including wait times and other inconveniences or costs.
Now, thanks to advancements in technology, the doctor’s office is portable. Electronic medical records allow access to patient charts on mobile devices, and blood work or other tests that usually happen in the doctor’s office, like x-rays, ultrasounds, and electrocardiograms, can be done in the comfort of your own home.
Home-based primary care leads to better quality of care because providers have the opportunity to get to know each patient as a whole person, which includes knowing each person’s family and caregivers, as well as understanding his or her home environment, lifestyle, stressors, and little pleasures.
In addition to convenience, better quality of care, and in-person support for caregivers, home-based primary care eliminates transportation hassles and parking costs making it easier for you to see your doctor regularly. If you’re frustrated by physicians who don’t understand your needs, experiencing fragmented care, or missing appointments due to challenges related to chronic medical conditions, home-based primary care is for you.
Get The Care You Deserve.
Ms. J, an 89 year old woman, feels overwhelmed by her medical care. She has a number of different medical problems with 4 different specialists involved in her care and takes what she believes to be too many medications, none of which make her feel any better. Doctors don’t listen to her when she tells them her worries and they rush her out the door when the appointment is over. Furthermore, just getting to the doctor’s office is hard for Ms. J. She doesn’t drive anymore and needs help getting to her appointments but hasn’t been able to coordinate the assistance. Because of all of these challenges, Ms. J hasn’t seen a doctor in 2 years.
We created Welcome Health for people like Ms. J because we believe that older people deserve better healthcare.
In the current landscape of primary care, most older people receive traditional one-size-fits all healthcare. This internal medicine-based primary care approach treats specific diseases without considering how those diseases, and the treatments of those diseases, affect each person’s quality of life. Specifically designed for older people, Welcome Health is different.
Grounded in the art and science of geriatric medicine, Welcome Health delivers holistic, whole-person care balancing treatment of disease with quality of life, physical function, and what matters most to each person. Welcome health prioritizes our patient’s convenience, concerns, and personal goals.
For many seniors, traveling to see a physician is challenging. Transportation obstacles, mobility limitations, visual impairment, constraints due to chronic illness, and fear of getting sick prevent many older people from going to their primary care clinic appointments. At Welcome Health, we recognized these challenges and developed a primary care model to help you.
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