The chance that you will have a loved one at home, whether he be elderly or not, with a long term medical condition such as Diabetes is good one. Today people do not spend an extensive amount of time in hospitals and patients are discharged early with home care support.
This is a positive move in health care management for several reasons. The most obvious is that it is a lot cheaper to recuperate in the comfort of your own home. Hospitals are always short of beds and this makes more beds available for those who really need them. Hospitals are rampant with superbugs these days. A super bug is a drug resistant bug that loves to hang around the corridors of hospitals waiting for immune-compromised souls to feast upon. It is in everyone’s best interest to the heck out of hospital as soon as possible.
Home care includes the services of registered nurse practitioners as well as personal support workers and even in some case para medical staff like physio therapists. They will come and change your dressings, give you insulin, help you to bath and dress and generally do everything required to get you well again. All in the comforting environment of your own home.
I had the pleasure last year of home care. I had minor surgery and was surprised when I was told it would be day surgery. To my knowledge this usually required at least three days in hospital. I came around from anesthetic and once the good doctor was convinced I was able to breath reliably on my own, my husband was called to fetch me. The following two days, I had a nurse come by to take out my catheter and change my dressings. The whole experience was quick and simple and I recovered in record time. I personally believe home care is the best thing to avoid complications after surgery.