Understanding the Different Reasons for Choosing Home Visits

Understanding the Different Reasons for Choosing Home Visits

Everyone knows seeing the doctor on a regular basis is really important for health, wellness, and quality of life. But, for lots of people, making the trip to the doctor’s office isn’t always easy or convenient. 

At Coopersburg Family Practice, our team offers home visits for patients in and around Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, making sure every patient gets the care they need at a time and place that’s convenient for their needs. 

Research shows in-home doctor visits offer lots of benefits for elderly patients and others, including lower medical costs, more personalized care, and a decreased need for hospital and nursing home stays. Here’s how to decide if a home visit is right for you or your loved one.

Home visit basics

Home visits include many of the same services provided at an in-office visit, but without the traveling or waiting. A home visit begins with a review of your symptoms or concerns, followed by an exam or evaluation.

Depending on your needs, we may prescribe medicines or other therapies, suggest lifestyle changes or changes to your home environment, or help you manage your current medications. If you have an acute illness, we provide you with the same type of care you’d receive at an office visit, including prescriptions to help battle viruses or other illnesses. 

We also offer home visits to perform follow-up visits if you’ve been discharged from a hospital or other care facility. Some patients schedule home visits to create and coordinate long-term care management to help with recovery or to manage a condition.

Top reasons to choose a home visit

Many patients can benefit from the ease and convenience of home visits, but in-home visits offer special advantages for people with these specific needs.

Mobility problems

For many people, getting to the doctor’s office is as simple as jumping in the car. But, if you have mobility problems — difficulty walking or needing to use a cane or walker, for instance — the journey can be a lot more difficult and a lot more frustrating. The same can be true if you need special transportation or if you have to wait until a family member is available to accompany you to your appointment.

Having a member of our team visit you at home eliminates this problem. And let’s face it — when it’s easier to get to the doctor’s, it’s also easier to stay on track with treatments that require ongoing monitoring.

Multiple or complex medical issues

Many patients — especially older patients — have multiple medical issues, including chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or COPD. Each of these issues requires specific therapies and frequent doctor visits, which can make managing your health needs especially challenging. 

In these instances, home visits can make it a lot easier to receive routine medical care, such as annual physicals or care for chronic medical issues. Plus, you can receive targeted care aimed at helping you manage evolving care needs after an illness, accident, or after being discharged from a rehabilitation center or nursing home.

Health issues that require home treatments

People with complex health issues often need care or treatment in their own homes. With a home visit, our team can make care and treatment recommendations based on the patient’s day-to-day needs.

That might include treatment options like IV infusion therapy, nebulizer treatments, or home dialysis. Or it could extend to other recommendations, such as setting up a home with fewer tripping hazards or organizing spaces to help those with mobility issues.

Home visits can also be a great option for patients with cognitive or behavioral impairments where an office visit might be impractical or too difficult. Seeing a doctor in a familiar home environment can help foster a deeper level of trust and alleviate the stress that can accompany a visit to the doctor’s.

Learn more about home visit options

Home visits can be a good option for many patients. The only way to know for sure if they’re appropriate for you or a loved one is to call Coopersburg Family Practice and ask about the home visit services our team offers.

If you’d like to learn more about home visits with our team, call 610-282-1170 to book an appointment with Coopersburg Family Practice today.

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