Industry NewsMajor Benefits of Community-Based Services vs. Institutional Care

Research continues to show that the benefits of community-based services outweigh those of institutional care.

States around the US are promoting the use of home-based health care and community-based services.  This is a way to help people manage the high cost of medical services while continuing to live as independently as possible.  Services can include personal care, health and mobility support, housekeeping assistance, therapy, and socialization.  In addition to the cost-effective benefits of community-based services, those with special needs can also expect more freedom and better care in a home or community-based setting.

1. Cost-Effectiveness

Medicaid is spending more on community-based services for long-term health support for a reason. A study released in 1999 compared those receiving conventional (institutionalized) care with people receiving mobile medical care (community-based services).  Results showed that the community-based serviced group experienced a 50% reduction in expenses.  The results also show a 65% reduction in the number of days they spent in a hospital.

2. More Choices

Institutional care of anyone with a physical or intellectual disability significantly reduces that person’s ability to make their own choices and interact with others.  Most continuing care facilities structure their operations and activities around staff rotations rather than patients’ schedules.  Patients spend more time lying in bed alone rather than interacting with others or receiving care.  Community-based services and home care services allows individuals to remain independent and have more control of their daily schedule. This way, they can maintain desired relationships with family members and friends while getting the daily assistance they need.

3. Better Care

The cost of institutionalized care has never been proportionate with the level of care it delivers, nor the outcome of such care. Although a house call by a specialized health professional may cost more than one trip to physician’s office, research shows that individuals receiving daily assistance and care in their own homes are less likely to make multiple visits to the ER or require frequent hospitalization.  Prevailing evidence shows that those transitioning from an institutional setting to a program with the benefits of community-based services see continued development of their daily living skills. Alternately, those remaining in institutional care do not experience positive growth in their abilities. They instead remain at or below the level of skills they had when initially admitted to a long-term care facility.

Leading Health Care in Louisiana promises to make a lasting contribution to society and to help people live a better life through in-home care.  We serve individuals needing assistance with daily living skills, medical appointments and community activities.  Contact us today for your complimentary assessment and consultation.

3 Major Benefits of Community-Based Services vs. Institutional Care