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"MEDSTAR WASHINGTON HOSPITAL CENTER HOUSE CALL" PROGRAM

WHATDoctors, nurses and social workers provide seniors with in-home medical care house calls for the most sick home-bound elderly.
WHYTo reach seniors who would otherwise go without medical care due to mobility issues or financial reasons and are unable to get to the doctor's office.
WHEREMedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Washington, D.C. USA.


Program Description


"These are the people who have trouble getting to the doctor's office.
So rather than wait for a disaster to happen, we want to bring care to them."

- Dr. Eric De Jonge

Professionals with portable medical equipment provide elderly with in-home medical care assistance at their place of residence and aim to provide the same health care as they would at a in-home as in a medical clinic.

The idea behind the "MedStar Washington Hospital Center House Call" Program is also preventative in the sense that if a bad health situation is not taken care of it may lead to an emergency or costly hospitalization for a senior later.

The program team coordinates to make sure that doctors, nurses, caregivers and social workers are all the same page with each elderly patient seen during an in-home visit.

Proponents of the "Medical House Call Program believe that it is key in helping to reduce health care costs and that the model, if implemented on a larger scale, could help reform health care in the United States.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a not-for-profit, acute care teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private hospital in the Washington and among the largest hospitals in the United States.
source:whcenter.org,npr.org

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