Caring for a loved one can bring many challenges, especially if your loved one is unable to make it to visits at their doctor’s office. Perhaps he or she has trouble walking on their own, but requires frequent doctor’s office visits to manage a chronic condition. Maybe your loved one is resistant to going to the doctor’s office.

In-home physician care can be a good option when either of these scenarios becomes your reality. Visits from house call doctors eliminate:

  • The need for trips to and from doctor’s appointments
  • Unwanted hospital admissions
  • Additional stress on your loved one’s already difficult to manage health status, let alone on you and others caring for them 

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In-home physician care brings skilled medical care to your loved one in their place of residence, whether that is at home or in an assisted or independent living community. Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other care team members address the needs of those who are no longer able to attend appointments in a traditional office setting.

What is the benefit of in-home physician care?

Studies show nearly one in every five Medicare beneficiaries ends up back in the hospital within 30 days of leaving. In-home physician care can help prevent these readmissions by coordinating your loved one’s transition home and offering preventive or follow-up care visits. The goal is to prevent their condition from worsening to the point of another emergency room visit. It also protects him or her from some of the risks seniors face in hospital settings, such as delirium with an unfamiliar environment, infections and falls.

How can my loved one begin receiving physician visits at home?

To receive house call doctor visits, there must be a valid reason for your loved one to be seen in the home instead of in an office. Common reasons could include mobility, vision or memory problems, and in some cases a mental health issue.

How is in-home physician care paid for?

Most in-home physician care agencies accept Medicare and most other insurances. At Kindred House Calls, we also accept private pay insurance.

We offer in-home physician care through Kindred House Calls. Our care team strives to keep you happy, healthy, independent and hospital free. To learn more about in-home physician care services, visit our website or call 1.866.KINDRED to speak to a Registered Nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week to learn if this level of care is right for your loved one or if it’s offered in your area.

If your loved one feels apprehensive about seeing a doctor, try to understand their fears. Many people facing chronic illness may feel anxious about hearing that their condition may have progressed or that complications have developed. Others may be in denial about the lifestyle changes needed to help their condition. These are normal reactions to the aging process and disease—frustration, fear, rage, helplessness.

In order to help your loved one receive the care they need, be patient with their emotions. Asking questions to understand why they may not want to receive care is the first step.

Additional resources:

  • There are special home-based primary care programs for veterans if you meet the clinical needs the VA has outlined for the services and it is available in your area.  
By Blair Klayko