What COVID-19 Revealed: US Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare Consumers Turn to Home Healthcare | national news

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SUNRISE, Florida, November 9, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Interim HealthCare Inc., the leading national franchise network for home care, elderly care, home care, palliative care and healthcare personnel services, has released a new national study examining changing perspectives regarding access to medical care and changing views on healthcare careers brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help better understand consumer knowledge about the reach of home health care services and how those feelings may have changed after the onset of COVID-19, Interim HealthCare commissioned the Home Health Insights Study online from 2,070 US adults, of which 186 are licensed healthcare professionals. , conducted by The Harris Poll. Among the findings, it found that more than two-thirds (71%) of licensed healthcare professionals considered a career change to home healthcare as a way to reconnect with why they entered the world. domain originally. Additionally, 67% of Americans thought differently about their own health care options or those of a loved one in the aftermath of the pandemic, with 65% agreeing that they would have considered home health care as an alternative to a past hospital stay if they knew. was an option.

“We have seen a tremendous amount of stress be placed on those who work tirelessly in all areas of health care since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jennifer leaves, CEO and President of Interim HealthCare Inc. “This survey highlights the very real effects of burnout that we are seeing across the industry. In addition, it highlights the growing consumer interest in the superior quality and accessible services that home care can provide, coinciding with an increased need for skilled and passionate people to join us in delivering healthcare at home. residence.”

The pandemic is changing consumer preferences for healthcare

Over the past 20 months, people across the country have witnessed unprecedented strains on medical facilities and enduring tragedies unfolding in hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. This has resulted in a paradigm shift when considering how to approach end-of-life care, with 82% of Americans preferring to deal with end-of-life at home rather than in hospital more now than before the pandemic. Additionally, 61% said they were more worried about dying on their own now than before COVID-19. Due to the strict rules of hospitals and facilities for bedside visitors for most of the past two years, the popularity of home care has increased, especially for those with chronic or dying illnesses. Home care is unique in that it provides a balance between intensive care and less restricted access to loved ones in a familiar environment.

Notably, 79 percent of people aged 65 and over say their quality of life would be significantly better if they could receive health care at home rather than in a hospital or care facility when needed. These findings signal the need to educate health care decision makers on the changing wishes of the aging population.

Lack of knowledge about home health care persists

Although COVID-19 has prompted consumers to reconsider how they might receive care in the future, a widespread lack of knowledge about the various home care services persists among patients and prescribing healthcare professionals. The survey found that only 32% of licensed healthcare professionals believe home care is an option for acute illnesses, like COVID-19. However, personalized, patient-centered care can more effectively meet individual needs, improve emotional health and mental acuity, and provide other benefits, including improved overall spiritual well-being and the quality of family interactions. .

In addition, only 30% of Americans have used home care services, either for their own care or for that of a loved one.. Many Americans are unaware that home care is an option for medically complex people, such as those with ALS or spinal cord injury (62% each). Home care addresses a wide variety of health care needs, from companionship to 24 hour care, including palliative care. It provides almost the same level of care and similar, if not better, results to a hospital or long-term care facility through more cost-effective means and in the preferred site of care: the patient’s home. Since the start of 2020, Interim HealthCare has made it easier for countless people to transition from hospital to home care to continue receiving medical treatment while reducing the continued strain on critical care capacity.

COVID-19 has reminded the healthcare industry and its stakeholders that the home can be a viable center of our complex health ecosystem. Along with the widespread challenges presented by the pandemic, home care has emerged as the preferred option of many people when considering their future care needs. Interim HealthCare’s full continuum of services addresses a variety of requirements, from home care to palliative care, in addition to providing staffing services. Additionally, the company’s commitment to caring for a patient’s mind, body, spirit and family through its HomeLife Enrichment® standard of care has led to better quality of care. personalized that facilitates a joyful, fulfilling and engaged life.

During National Home Care and Hospice Palliative Care Month in November, Interim HealthCare invites the public to discover the unique benefits and full continuum of care available with home health care through its ‘The Difference Is It’ campaign. is at home “.

For those interested in discovering how home health care can meet comprehensive and individual care needs, please visit: www.differenceishome.com. To learn more about what sets Interim HealthCare apart, click here.

About the survey

This survey was carried out online within United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Interim HealthCare of September 14-16, 2021 among 2,070 US adults aged 18 and older, of which 186 are licensed healthcare professionals. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For a complete survey methodology, including weights variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact media@interimhealthcare.com.

About Interim HealthCare Inc.

Founded in 1966 and First in Home Care®, Interim HealthCare Inc. is unique in combining the commitment of local ownership with the support of a national organization that develops innovative programs and quality standards. The only major franchise brand in its class to offer a full continuum of care, the company strives to improve the delivery of home and personnel health care services in more than 330 locations serving the United States and Saudi Arabia. Ranked # 1 for the third year in a row by Entrepreneur magazine, franchisees employ nurses, therapists, aides, companions and other healthcare professionals who provide 25 million hours of home care services to 200,000 people each year, responding to a variety of home health care, senior care, hospices, palliative care, pediatric care and health workforce needs. For more information or to locate an Interim HealthCare office, visit www.interimhealthcare.com.

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