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What is in-home primary care?

Nov 19, 2019 10:10:00 AM

In-home primary care is for anyone homebound with a serious injury or illness, regardless of age or prognosis. It’s a personalized experience, in the comfort of one’s own home. This type of care focuses on managing symptoms and providing treatment to promote a better quality of life. In-home primary care is offered by Hospice of Southwest Ohio’s partner organization, CareBridge Primary and Palliative Care.

A prime option for homebound or home-limited patients


In-home primary care is the best option for seniors or other adult patients who may have trouble traveling to a doctor’s office for continuing care. Having convenient access to quality medical care reduces stress and anxiety on patients and caregivers as well as provides a holistic care approach. Hospitalization follow-ups, sick visits, ultrasounds, EKGs, X-rays, lab work and more can be performed with in-home primary care.

Benefits of in-home primary care

In addition to the reduction of hospitalization and emergency department visits, in-home primary care provides a wide variety of benefits including:

  • Monthly, routine visits in the home setting
  • Preventative care, including health assessments, immunizations and more
  • Medication management
  • Ability to follow patients as they change levels of care
  • 24/7 clinical support by phone (including holidays)
  • Social worker and chaplain visits available upon request

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CareBridge Primary and Palliative Care’s primary care expert and lead Nurse Practitioner, Laura Nortman, explains more. “As a primary care provider in the community, I stand in the gap and provide a bridge that supports my patients in maintaining their health. For most people, getting in a car and running to the doctor's office is a 30- to 60-minute errand. For others, however, it is nearly impossible. There is no car, or someone in the family has to take time off work, and it takes most of the day just to get ready to go. By the time the patient returns home, they are so exhausted from the effort that their energy, and therefore the rest of the day, is spent.

"Having someone make a house call can mean the difference between having medical care or no care at all, except for emergency care." -Laura Nortman, Lead Nurse Practitioner

Having someone make a house call can mean the difference between having medical care or no care at all, except for emergency care. Having someone provide medical care at home can reduce the trips and stays in hospitals and rehab facilities. Having someone come to provide the office visit in-home allows our aging patients to age in place most of the time, and remain in the home for which they've worked so hard. It is indeed an honor and a privilege.”

Personalized primary care in Cincinnati


Are you ready to experience convenient, in-home pain relief from chronic symptoms? CareBridge provides in-home primary care in and around the greater Cincinnati area in Clermont County, Butler County, Warren County and Hamilton County. If you or someone you know could benefit from in-home primary care, you’ll need a referral from the patient’s previous primary care doctor. Contact CareBridge Primary and Palliative Care on our 24-hour referral line at (513) 528-8150 or call Hospice of Southwest Ohio at (513) 770-0820 with any questions you may have.

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Hospice of Southwest Ohio
Written by Hospice of Southwest Ohio

Hospice of Southwest Ohio provides care, comfort and compassion for those facing a life-limiting illness. We have a dedicated team of nurses, caregivers and volunteers whose main goal is to keep your loved ones at peace – in a place surrounded by care and compassion. We serve four counties around Cincinnati, Ohio, with the highest reputation for treating patients with dignity and respect.

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