As nurse practitioners, we can attest to how easily errors are made, particularly medication errors. A home visit allows us to make sure that your loved one is taking the right dose of a medication at the right time in the right manner. Rather than guessing, we can make sure that medications are not expired or being taken with another medication that can lead to dangerous side effects. More importantly we can take the full amount of time needed to make sure fully understand the medicines and treatments we prescribe.
A home visit allows us to fully discuss your personal concerns and be assured of your privacy. At home, you don’t have to worry about the person in the next room overhearing sensitive and personal information that you’ve shared about your health or your finances. You won’t be moved from room to room with your chart coming in contact with different hands each time. At home, your health is the private matter that it should be.
We come to you. At home there are no steps for you to climb, no crowded elevators, no cold and cramped exam rooms. More importantly, there is no long wait in a crowded waiting room. A home visit enables us to provide much needed health care to seniors and those who may be confined to wheelchairs, have difficulty walking or are unable to drive.
We give our patients and their families an unmatched level of attention and service. As nurse practitioners, we know that medical issues rarely have one single cause or cure. We also understand how important each individual’s environment is to their health. A home visit allows us an opportunity to see the ‘bigger picture’ and help access community based resources; a service that simply can’t be offered in a busy, time-restricted office.
Studies have shown that primary care in the home is more efficient and cost-effective not only for patients but also their caregivers. Time taken off from work to bring a loved one to a doctor’s appointment means lost income and lost productivity. It is also means lost vacation time for follow up appointments and communication. Simply stated: home visits improve the quality of life for all involved.