The future of Senior Homecare has entered into discussions about the upcoming changes in U.S. Healthcare. One article in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA, stands out. Dr. Steve Landers, former director of the Cleveland Clinic’s home care program and advisor to Hanson Services, discusses a need to look deeper into the Medicare Homecare benefit, which focuses on the medical visits to patients at home. Dr. Landers supports the idea of “aging in Place” which is why he was so beneficial to us at Hanson Services.
He mentions the need to include other components, involved with care at home that do not fall under medical coverage.
“Additional outcome measures focused on family caregivers should be added because caregiver function represents important economic outcomes of home health not captured in current measures.”
Hanson Services caregivers would fall into the family caregiver category because we serve as an extension of the family. There is no formal measurement of the outcome of our care, but our vast network of referral sources and numerous endorsements from clients would indicate a healthier outcome with the addition of a caregiver in a patient’s home.
Read Dr. Landers’s discussion here: