Top Tips When Choosing A Home Doctor

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Home doctor services are a good option for patients who need home-based care. These are people with chronic illnesses such as cancer and conditions such as stroke or severe injuries. Read the excerpt below to learn how to choose an appropriate home doctor.

Specialisation

Choose a doctor specialising in the management of the patient's disease. This is especially important if the patient has a complicated condition such as spinal or brain injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, muscular dystrophy or cystic fibrosis. You should also check the doctor's experience. Additionally, check reviews from previous clients to know whether the doctor provides quality care.

Experienced home doctors will help you set up a home care facility. For example, if the patient is in a coma, the doctor will help you purchase quality life support equipment. Besides, the doctor may train family members on how to take care of the patient. For instance, a patient with COPD may require regular exercise to open up the chest cavity. As such, the doctor can train immediate family members on how to conduct these exercises. 

People Skills

A home doctor must be a people person with excellent communication skills. Remember, he or she will be in constant communication with your family members. The doctor will be their first contact in case of a health emergency. Besides, he or she will give regular instructions on how to administer medicine and plan the patient's diet. 

Range of Services

What services will the doctor provide? Most home doctors will offer a comprehensive range of services. For instance, a patient on bed rest will require regular physiotherapy to prevent muscle shrinkage. Home doctors may not have adequate experience in physiotherapy. However, they might bring an experienced physiotherapist to provide the service. 

Check the doctor's availability. Most doctors will not be available throughout the day. However, they may have a nurse to take care of the patient 24/7. Some doctors will use technology to improve the level of services they provide. For example, the doctor may make video calls to examine the patient's condition and determine the extent of the illness. 

Pricing

Examine the doctor's pricing. Most professionals will charge an hourly rate if they make one or two visits every week. You could opt for a fixed rate if the doctor makes daily visits. Some home doctors will provide bulk billing services. This ensures you do not incur any charges once you receive the service. Finally, the home doctor should have professional liability insurance. The policy provides compensation if your condition worsens due to the doctor's negligence.

When choosing a home doctor, examine his or her specialisation, people skills, range of services and pricing policy. 

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15 July 2020

Harold's Top Home Health Care Blog

Hello! I'm Harold. I live alone in Sydney, Australia. I am 61 years old. I have never married and I have never had children, so when I became unwell, there was no one around to look after me. I struggled with this for a while. Eventually, I was admitted to hospital. I was in the hospital for a number of weeks. Eventually, I was discharged and allowed to go home. I was really worried about how I would cope at home. Thankfully, the nurse arranged for me to receive home health care. The nurses who come to visit me have been the best and I have learnt so much.