Home and Palliative care  created by : Konect Health

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Home care (also referred to as domiciliary care or care at home), aims to provide supportive care to patients at home after major hospitalisation/surgery or after chronic debilitating illness or terminal stage illness. Such care may be provided by family member or professional paramedical staff (e.g. nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist etc.) under guidance of qualified doctors.

Scope of Home care is from basic supportive care to complex multidisciplinary care depending upon patient’s medical condition.

Basic supportive care:-Major segment of Home Care consists of basic supportive care in which care assistants help the individual with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating, using toilets. Nurses or rehabilitation therapist may provide medical treatment or rehabilitation which can reduce unnecessary hospitalisation and improve functional status of patient/individual.

Complex multidisciplinary care: For patients having chronic debilitating illness or terminal stage illness, home care may include palliative or hospice care. Palliative care is required for a wide range of diseases. The majority of adults in need of palliative care have chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (e.g. heart failure), cancer, chronic respiratory diseases (e.g. COPD), AIDS and diabetes. Many other conditions may require palliative care, including kidney failure, chronic liver disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, neurological disease. Such care involves coordinated efforts from doctors, nurses, physical therapist and care assistants depending upon clinical condition of patient.

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