Volume : VIII, Issue : II, February - 2019

Home healthcare in India - Need and future prospects

Chhavi Deshwal

Abstract :

Health care sector in India, has been transforming significantly since the past decade. Its aim has been shifting from mere profit earning to delivery of care with patient satisfaction and delivery of accessible, affordable and patient centered care, the ultimate motive. Care of patients include core services as well as after care support services. These supportive services include care provided at home to assist the patient in their daily chores. Home healthcare is an emerging trend in healthcare sector and projects the need of the patients commencing from in home medical care to non-medical assistance. Home care may also be referred to as domiciliary care, social care or in home care. Care may be provided by licensed healthcare professionals who provide medical treatment needs or by professional givers who provide daily assistance to ensure the activities of daily living. Home healthcare services have been the need of the hour owing to the sedentary lifestyle, changing dietary patterns, rising obesity levels of people as a result of their job needs and rise in geriatric population in India. These factors have steadily emerged in the form of lifestyle centered diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity etc. These non-communicable diseases have hampered the normal daily chores of the people rendering them unable to live a normal life and a need to be assisted in daily routine activities under medical supervision has arisen. Also, poor patient – bed ratio in Indian hospitals and the need for care for adults, seniors and pediatric clients recovering after a hospital or facility stay, require additional support to remain safely at home and avoid unnecessary hospitalization. Certified services, including short term nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic and assistive home healthcare act as panacea for the issues arising thereof. Home healthcare is a wide range of services that can be given at home, for an illness or injury. It is usually less expensive, more convenient and just as effective as care delivered in a hospital or skilled nursing facility(SNF). This paper elaborates the need of home healthcare in Indian healthcare sector and its future prospects by identifying the factors that play pivotal role in making it the need of the hour.

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