Early in the COVID-19 pandemic there was high levels of fear and attention was focused on acute care to meet the rise in demand for health care. With little public guidance about who should seek inpatient care hospital systems were quickly overwhelmed. Home health care (HHC) became a critical setting for acute care overflow for COVID patients. Less critically ill patients with few complications were admitted to HHC.
HHC provided complex care to COVID post-acute patients as well as infected homebound patients not sick enough to require acute care. At the start of 2021, the United States had more than 24million documented infections, and approximately 400,000 deaths, signifying the vast majority of individuals will recuperate from COVID-19. Research to document COVID patients’ recovery process is now extending past the typical 2 weeks required for the seasonal flu.
Please take a moment to read more of our research in our paper, Description, Health Care Utilization, and Outcomes for Home Health Care (HHC) COVID-19 Patients Early in the Pandemic: A Comparison to the General HHC Population, that has been published https://doi.org/10.1177/10848223211001307