Home infusion therapy is a cost-effective, safe and desirable option for discharging your patient from the hospital and continuing on to their next phase of care in the comfort and safety of their own home. Home infusion therapy allows your patient to continue to receive necessary treatments that require intravenous medications at home.
The advantages of transitioning your patient to home infusion therapy include:
Significant reduction in hospital costs
Reduced risk of infection
Privacy and more interaction with family members
Involving the patient in their own treatment program
Less stress for patient and family members
Homecare Assessment Tool
Patients should be screened to ensure they are a good fit for homecare. Not all patients are good candidates as they, along with their caregiver, must learn new skills and make changes in the home in order to accommodate special equipment and procedures. To help you identify whether or not your patient is a good candidate for homecare, go through the following list of questions:
- is there a working phone?
- is there a working refrigerator?
- is there a family member, friend or neighbor to act
as the caregiver?
- is there space in the home to create a clean, clutter-free
area away from pets and children?
- can your patient thread a needle? (corrected vision okay)
- can your patient program a pump and/or use a calculator?
Key Components: Discharge Planning and Interdisciplinary Team
Before your patient is discharged from the hospital, a comprehensive discharge and continuing care plan should be developed by a qualified clinician. An interdisciplinary "team" should be developed and is critical to ensure medical and quality of care standards are in place. An interdisciplinary team should include:
-patient / family members
-primary care nurse
-social worker or discharge planner
-case manager from insurance company
-therapy provider(s) of home services
Home infusion therapies should ONLY be provided by an accredited provider. If you would like assistance identifying your workers' comp patients that may be candidates for home infusion therapy, or to schedule a Continuing Education workshop for your nurse case managers, RNs or adjusters, contact Total Medical Solutions at 1-800-700-9393.