Home Care For The 21st Century Is Taking On Covid-19 And The Dire Need For Home Health Care Services
The Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 wreaked havoc on nearly every corner of the earth, forever changing lives and altering the way people live. It also created a reminder of how important home health care needs can be during this time.
“I have been asked a lot about how Covid-19 has impacted the home care and home health industry,” said Lori McCauley VP franchise development for Home Care for the 21st Century. “The answer is if you live in an area that was hit hard by Covid-19 there has been an increase in the need for more home health and home care agencies to help take care of patients discharged early from hospitals to make room for other Covid-19 patients.” No company is more prepared for these demands than Home Care for the 21st Century.
For more than 25 years the company has helped establish more than 4,000 independently-owned home care businesses serving clients across the country. Their franchisees were more than prepared for Covid-19 because they have long provided their clients with health care professionals in the home, skilled and assisted living care, and compassionate, professional care that helps extend the quality of life.
Here are many additional ways that Covid-19 has made Home Care for the 21st century a much-needed service, says McCauley.
- The stay-at-home orders and increase in unemployment saw many family members at home and taking care of their loved ones while they were off work. However, when family members start returning to work we will see once again an increased need for home care.
- Proactive healthcare has been disrupted as patients avoid contact with the outside world. Consequently, patients can end up with worse health outcomes and an even greater chance of contracting the virus. “I don’t think that aspect has been given full attention, and I think home care and home health care has huge potential to help in the Covid-19 crisis or future events,” says McCauley.
- Lockdowns at skilled nursing facilities have made many families rethink their options to provide care at home for their loved ones so family members can be present. This is driving the need for home care, home health and hospice care in the home.
- Finally, home health combined with telemedicine has been shown to be an effective way to treat patients and keep them away from the hospital.
In a time when we have been asked to socially distance, the brand’s telehealth socialization program responds to those in need. It includes a Patient Tech who contacts family loved ones multiple times a day just to have a conversation and help prevent loneliness and isolation.
“I don’t think there is enough focus on home health or home care as a way to provide alternative options,” says McCauley. “We also need ways to cost effectively protect our healthcare workers and provide peace of mind for families and patients so they can have care provided in their own home safely with less risk of infections.” Home Care for the 21st Century is already researching resources for the upcoming fall to make sure that its agencies have PPE options for the upcoming flu season.
If franchising with Home Care for the 21st Century sounds like an investment opportunity that interests you, there are still many prime territories available for franchising.
Visit www.homecareforthe21stcenturyfranchise.com or call 833-432-2273 for more information.
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