House Calls can provide you with many forms of care. Understanding the different types of visits can help you to communicate with your provider and let them know what kind of care you require. This helps them narrow down what kind of medical professional will best fit your needs. Below we have listed some of the most common types of house call services.
Types of House Call Services
A primary care house call is the same kind of visit as you would have if you went to the doctor. It can be used to do routine check-ups, bloodwork, or preventative care. It can also be used if you are feeling unwell to get tested without having to leave the comfort of your home.
There are different types of routine follow-ups. The first kind is if you have been sick and your primary care physician has already seen you, prescribed medicine, or any other course of action. During these follow-ups, your primary care doctor will check to make sure you are on the mend and getting back to your optimal health. The second kind of follow-up visit is when you have been recently discharged from the hospital and need follow-up visits to prevent rehospitalization or any further illness or injury. In these kinds of visits, they will be looking for you to be meeting specific benchmarks and can adjust your care if you recovering faster or slower.
Healthcare.gov defines a specialist as someone who “focuses on specific areas of medicine or on a group of patients to manage, diagnose, treat, or prevent particular types of conditions and symptoms.” These specialist visits are most often done after the primary care visits when a Nurse Practitioner or a Primary Care Physician determines a need for a specific type of care that will help you be diagnosed and heal faster.
Caring for those with degenerative brain disease can bring unique challenges. Medical professionals who are trained to deal with these challenges make house calls for those who need extra attention. These professionals are trained to look for signs of decline or other dementia-related issues.
Alz.org defines skilled nursing as assisting with wound care, physical therapies, injections, and other medical requirements provided by a licensed health professional.
Physical therapy house calls offer all of the value of traditional outpatient physical therapy a patient would receive at the clinic but with the added benefits of convenience, flexibility, and practice application in your home.
Occupational therapy house calls offer all of the value of traditional outpatient occupational therapy a patient would receive at the clinic but with the added benefits of convenience, flexibility, and practice application in your home with your clothes and belongings.
House calls for speech therapy can cover the same issues such as motor skills, swallowing, articulation, speech, and language skills to increase a person's ability to feed and communicate effectively.
Palliative care house calls are associated with all age groups, can be implemented at any given stage of diagnosed illness, whether the illnesses are chronic, curable, or life-threatening. These medical professionals perform a supportive palliative assessment and create a treatment plan for optimal health.
Medical professionals can facilitate medication management, evaluate your needs/side effects/progress, and may also issue prescriptions. Providers can recommend medications, prescriptions, and refills. They can also work to coordinate with your pharmacy for auto refills.
Transitional care management usually lasts 30 days after being released from the hospital or another recovery facility. A medical professional house call is one face-to-face visit with the patient that can cover many areas as well as address basic needs.
Diabetes care brings added medical challenges. Medical professionals who are trained to deal with diabetes and any complications can make house calls for those who need extra attention. These professionals are trained to look for risk factors or other signs and issues.
Nutrition therapy can improve mental clarity, focus, energy, performance, immunity, and more. Nutritional experts will assess what nutritional needs you may have. They can help assess whether or not food is contributing to an illness.
Wound care in the home is done much the same as would care in the doctor's office or hospital. A skilled nurse, nurse practitioner, as well as other medical professionals, can help clean, dress, and redress wounds. House calls allow this not only to be done in the comfort of your own home but also keep the chances of infection low.
We are in a new age of medical care. Providers who offer house calls cover almost every area a person could want or need. Rainbow Health can help those providers coordinate this care with our innovative technology platform. Call us today to optimize your care coordination.