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Care at Home for Patients Has Been Saving Money for Years

As news organizations seem to be focused on the seemingly recent revelation that caring for patients at home saves money, it’s been done this way for years. In fact, tracing the health care industry back to its roots, house calls were the norm, especially in more rural regions of the country. Over time, hospitals and doctor clinics began to replace home visits and then nursing homes became the main source of support for long-term health care. Today, more Americans prefer other options than nursing homes and extended hospital stays, and home care is a key candidate.

Depending on numerous factors, including a person’s health, specific needs, and more, a visit from a home care aide or visiting nurse could last an hour or two or possibly even longer. In either case, even the cost of the longest visits can be exceedingly more affordable than other facility-based options.

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