Why Every Medical Professional Should Be Required To Work in Home Health Care...
Yes, I said it.
Make some of you uncomfortable? Good.
Many of you know that as I have transitioned from 'staff therapist making someone else money in a model I don't believe in' to starting my own niche practice, I have worked in home health care physical therapy to help pay the bills.
I can say the experience has been one of the most content-filled I have had in a long time. What I mean by 'content-filled' is an experience that has taught many lessons in a variety of areas in a very short time.
Home Health Care - What's the deal?
Love it or Hate it, Home Health Care is a fast growing and emerging arm of our health care system.
Why? I can't provide facts on this answer, so hopefully someone more 'in the know' will comment and correct me. The reasons that strike me being plausable based on what I have seen are:
1) There are a lot of people who are to ill or are unable after surgery to go to outpatient physical therapy, etc.
2) There are a lot of people who are economically unable to get out for medical care due to cost of transportation, assistance, etc.
3) Insurance companies are finally catching onto the idea that it is much cheaper to send health care professionals out to the home then to have to pay the cost of the health care professional PLUS the facilities fees that go along with cost of hospitals, rehab facilities, outpatient clinics.
Why should every medical professional be required to spend some time working in home health care?
Home Health PT has been a remarkable learning experience in the areas of sociology, psychology, economics, and health care policy, to name a few.
Forget the medical & rehab side, that is easy. But going into people's homes, getting a glimpse into their lives, sometimes getting the back story on what they have been through and how they got to where they are in life, good or bad, has been truly fascinating.
You see first hand what goes on in the poverty stricken, low income areas of your city - should you choose to go there, and I know many therapist that won't. You see first hand how the rules and policies of our system screw some of the people with the greatest needs. And you see how mindset, environment, and a person's will interact.
BUT -- above all, and in all interactions, it is hard not to see how compassion is both needed and lacking in our current health care system. As professionals, it starts with us. Home health is sometimes like being in hospital, where you see people when they are at their worst. Being compassionate can make all the difference.
Before working home health I would have said 'Yes, we are compassionate in the outpatient world. After working home health, I can say that there is something different, something else that we may be taking for granted in the outpatient world. I think early in their careers all health care professionals should be required to have this experience, and to have it to refer to as a frame of reference as they progress in their professions.
Just my opinion, be it an educated one based on first hand experience. It's still just my two cents!
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