Older adults with chronic physical illnesses or who have unstable physical health often need the careful monitoring that comes with nursing home care. For some older people to stay home-or to return home after hospitalization or rehabilitation-intensive oversight by healthcare practitioners is necessary. This article describes house-call medicine approaches to providing primary healthcare to elders needing long-term care in their own homes. It also describes ways of offering hospital-level care at home when appropriate. The authors review a range of programs that offer primary care at home (including those in the VA system), and summarize the evidence supporting their effectiveness.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Apr 1 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Life-span and Life-course Studies