Home Care Program Reduces Hospital Readmissions in Patients With Congestive Heart Failure and Improves Other Associated Indicators of Health

Source: Anto V. Maliakkal, Amy Z. Sun, Home Health Care Management Practice, Vol. 26 no. 4, November 2014
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From the abstract:
The objective of this study is to analyze the impact of home care services on patients with congestive heart failure. After receiving home care services, the mean hospitalization rate for patients decreased as did symptoms such as paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea, orthopnea, dyspnea upon exertion, and pedal edema. Home care resulted in a statistically significant increase in adherence for recommended medication regimen and diet/fluid restrictions and a significant improvement in functional capacity class. The data seem to suggest that a proper home care service can reduce the number of hospitalizations and increase the overall quality of life for patients with congestive heart failure. This will simultaneously reduce the ever-increasing health expenditures and appears to be a preferable cost-effective route to care for these patients.