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Decreasing Hospitalization Rates by Incorporating Home Health Care
Erin Lillian
NR660 Capstone
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Professor Mikel Hand

Decreasing Hospitalization Rates by Incorporating Home Health Care Progressive, chronic disease processes are becoming more prevalent for the geriatric population within the United States year by year. Examples of these disease processes include congestive heart failure (CHF), diabetes (DM) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). All three of these disease processes made the “top ten list” for annual deaths in our country. American’s lifestyle and culture only increases the chances of developing these disorders. It is vital and necessary to educate American society to help decrease the diagnosis rate of disease processes such as these and to augment the lifestyles of those already living with the problem. Home health care is a service provided by companies to patients in the comfort of their own home. Home health care can include services such as nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, bathing assistance and social work. The purpose of these services is to provide rehabilitative therapy and allow the patient to function independently for as long as possible in their own home, even with a chronic debilitating disease process. The services provided are ordered by the patient’s physician and the home health care company works closely with this physician on an individual patient by patient basis. The goal of a home health care company is not only to help rehabilitate the patient but to educate the patient on necessary adaptations to their lifestyle to live with their disease process to the fullest. One of the most costly and disturbing aspects for the patient of these chronic disorders are the hospitalizations. Many times patients are hospitalized multiple times…...

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