July 20, 2024
After Rajiv Mohan was admitted to St. Paul’s Hospital for a serious ailment, he was sent back to his condo, where he was provided with medical equipment and cared for by a team of health care workers as part of Providence’s new hospital-at-home program. The program allowed him to live at home with his family, including his wife Sharmila, while he recovered.

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The small, downtown Vancouver condo Rajiv Mohan shares with his wife and two daughters is filled with all the things you’d expect: a couch for watching TV, a kitchen table for family meals, and the bedroom where he sleeps.

But there are also items most homes don’t contain: intravenous drip bags for antibiotics dangling from a medical pole, an oxygen saturation monitor, and a large box of colour-coded pill bottles labelled Providence Health Care.

That’s because after Mohan was admitted to St. Paul’s Hospital for a serious ailment, he was sent back to his condo, where he was cared for by a team of health care workers as part of Providence’s new hospital-at-home program.

“I’m better here than in the hospital,” said Mohan, wearing a standard hospital bracelet that identified him as a patient even though he was dressed in regular clothes sitting in his own living room.

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Jack’s Note: I agree with this idea.  When I was sent to the Vet Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto after serious surgery (I needed a place to recover) I finally managed to get myself moving to the point where I no longer needed or wanted to be there.  I have a nice home and I wanted to live in it.  So I discharged myself against the wishes of the inhouse doctor (I love that woman and she meant well), packed my bags and went home.  There I was visited by health workers who came in regularly to check on me almost daily AT FIRST.  They soon realized I was doing great on my own and the service was discontinued.

My Point: By leaving that fine facility I FREED UP a bed for someone who needed it far worse.  It was a win, win situation all the way around.

Government officials everywhere need to take a hard look at this initiative.  It appears to be a fine solution to freeing up valuable hospital space.

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