As people decline physically, it becomes an increasing challenge to get them to their physician’s office. Often someone can have multiple specialists they see regularly, along with a primary physician. This takes quite a bit of time, energy, and planning on the part of the patient and family.
A great option is to use one of the several home nurse practitioner services in place of your primary physician. They will visit, assess regularly, and bill Medicare for the services. They can order lab work, review, and prescribe medications, order home health and therapy, and initiate more complex testing outside of the home. There are also some primary care physician concierge services that will come to a patient’s home.
Telemedicine is another option that has found a secure place in healthcare due to Covid-19. However, this can be challenging for some since a computer or iPad is needed.
–Kayla Cook, RN and Owner of Caring Excellence Personalized Home Care Services