The image of a physician making house calls is reminiscent of bygone era when medical care was more personalized. But for internist Eric Thomas, MD, Medical Director of Alaris Health at Kearny, home visits after discharge from the facility is a part of the medical care he delivers to patients whose infirmities make trips to the doctor difficult. After discharge from theKearnysite, some of Dr. Thomas’s patients continue to receive care from him to assist their recovery and reduce their re-admission rates back to the hospital.
From making sure their medicines are up-to-date to helping them receive home health care, Dr. Thomas provides continuity of care at the bedside of his patients. Thanks to Dr. Thomas’house calls, his patients who have been discharged from Alaris Health at Kearny have experienced lower re-admission rates to the hospital.
“We have an aging population and when these patients are discharged, they still need additional care. Many times when patients go home, they have complications that make access to a physician challenging. Patients and their families are so appreciative with having the care brought into their home, and it can ease the burden of trying to find care for them,” says Dr. Thomas.
In addition to taking care of his regular patients in his office, Dr. Thomas does a few house calls each week as he sets aside certain days just for these visits.
He treats patients who have been discharged home but may still suffer from a variety of conditions, including congestive heart failure and high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoarthritis, vascular disease, and obesity.
“The patients are very appreciative of the care and are grateful that they did not have to go through the hurdle of having to get to the doctor in their condition. They often ask me to continue with their medical care long term so that I am able to help them as they improve. It is very satisfying to be able to provide this kind of service,” says Dr. Thomas.
Alaris Health at Kearny’s well appointed facility, located in Kearny, New Jersey, offers a warm, supportive and uplifting environment for post-hospitalization short-term rehabilitation patients and long-term residents alike. Please call (201) 955-7067 for more information.