“In an emergency, what treatment is given by ear? Words of Comfort.” said Abraham Verghese
Long-term medical care, whether it be for the sick or recuperating post-surgery or the aged, is best carried out in the environs of the home, for reasons of patient-comfort, logistical convenience and economy. But to constantly monitor the condition of the patient and provide Medicare at the appropriate time, the two vital requirements are professionally-competent personnel and optimal use of technology.
Though nascent in India, home health care service providers are using both these components to good use to make their mark. But India hasn’t grown much in this sector, because in India, the old and sick are taken care of by family members. Our society generally looks down upon families that seek outside help to take care of their sick and bedridden elders.
So, is India ready for professional home healthcare providers?