Better at Home

Better at Home

Better at Home

The concept of delivering healthcare in the home environment is not new, but health services and clinicians are often reluctant to expand models for patients with high complexity and high acuity needs, due to fear of the unknown and perceived levels of risk. The Better at Home Service has challenged this by providing fast stream rehabilitation and comprehensive geriatric assessment and management for patients with high needs. Our philosophy is that provided with the opportunity, most patients recover better at home. The COVID pandemic presented a platform to grow the service and expand models of care to allow for patients with higher care needs and to explore remote patient monitoring. This presentation will cover our journey from developing a small home based model in 2015, to planning a gradual expansion in early 2020 which was significantly accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to grow.


Presenter/s: Peter Hunter (Alfred Health, Australia) , Ilana Hornung (Alfred Health, Australia)