Physician house calls for patients with limited mobility.

†††† Doctors have been doing home visits since the profession began.† Many patients that receive home visits describe their relationship to the home care physician as being more natural, personal and holistic than other care settings.† The care received in the home can be superior since the physician can evaluate many factors that impact a patientís health including their ability to carry out daily activities, their social and family support structures, the physical safety of the home environment, etc.†

†††† Most patients receiving home visits have chronic illnesses that require close monitoring by a physician every month to every 3 months.

†††† Chronic illnesses that are treated include, diabetes, congestive heart failure, emphysema, hypertension, osteoarthritis, chronic kidney disease, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, deep vein thromboses, alzheimerís dementia, psychiatric problems, osteoporosis among many other diseases.

†††† Once the patient establishes a relationship with the physician, exacerbations of these chronic illnesses can often be treated by simply calling the physician for a possible medication change or treatment change, thereby often avoiding inconvenient and costly emergency room visits.

Do doctors still do home visits?†