Colin, this sadly, is all true. There used to be discharge planning meeting that were patient-centered. The scope of these meetings, if they still occur, has changed. Socio-economic issues are never a consideration and often the planning participants are talking over the patient & family’s head. There are ways to change this; we just have to be mindful of the problem.
Blog post by Colin Hung
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Annual Meeting. It was the first time at this conference and I was excited to be going. I was anxious to see the latest innovations for patient self-care at home and the latest evolution of aging-in-place technologies. I should have read the prospectus better.
The target audience for the NAHC15 event wasn’t patients at all. The 2,500 attendees were mostly from organizations that provide in-home care to patients. Many were from companies that send clinicians, nurses, caregivers and social workers to paitents’ homes. Because of that, many of the vendors in the exhibit hall had tools and technologies that were designed to help manage this type of mobile and remote workforce.
Although I was initially disappointed, I found NAHC15 to be eye-opening. Being a newbie, I spoke…
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