In addition to meeting the clinical criteria required to ensure the best care for the patient, patients must also meet other evaluation criteria to optimize health and safety. This includes a home evaluation to review environmental safety as well as family or other support systems in place and the ability to perform certain activities of daily living such as bathing and personal hygiene, ability to eat and feed themselves, and toilet hygiene to name a few.
Program eligibility is determined by a patient care team which includes physicians, nurses, case managers and patient coordinators, who evaluate all aspects of the patient’s health and wellbeing to determine the best options for the patient.
While the 24/7 monitoring is virtual, the nursing team will come to the patient’s home at least twice per day to check and review how the patient is doing. In addition, other clinical team members may also come by if any tests such as lab work or imaging is required or therapies are needed.
In addition to the 24/7 monitoring of vital signs which will be recognized immediately by the care team at the Patient Care Hub should a patient be in distress, patients have the ability to connect immediately on-demand with care team members either through video or audio communication.
This is dependent on the patient’s diagnosis and ability to perform typical activities of daily living including walking, bathing and personal hygiene, eating, getting into or out of bed or a chair, toilet hygiene and getting dressed.
One of the advantages of the program is that the patient gets to sleep in the comfort of their own bed. If an alternative solution is needed, that will be assessed.
For the safety of the patient, it is required that the patient live within a 15-25 mile radius of Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room.
If the patient care team recommends the Hospital Care at Home program to a patient, it is only after careful consideration of the patient’s health and wellbeing, as well as the patient’s diagnosis and necessary treatments, to ensure the patient meets all criteria and will benefit from the program. However, if the patient is not comfortable with the suggestion, the patient does not have to participate.
Yes, they can, however, the patient still needs to be seen in the participating Orlando Health Emergency Room to be assessed for clinical appropriateness.
No, the patient must be 18 years of age or older.