Many elders struggle with disability and severe chronic illness, and often have difficulty getting to the doctor’s office. As a result, their health status may suffer, and lead to unnecessary ER visits, hospitalization, or nursing home care. In 1999, recognizing these needs of frail elders and their families, we created the Medical House Call program to provide medical and social services that help elders remain in their homes with dignity.
The Medical House Call Program is nationally recognized for quality and outcomes of our care. We care for patients at home, and also provide state-of-the-art hospital and specialty care. Our inpatient team directly cares for House Call patients who need emergency or acute hospital care. Our social services link patients and families to community resources, support caregivers through monthly support groups and weekly meditation calls. In DC, our social workers also provide case management services to eligible patients in the Medicaid Elderly and Persons with Disability waiver program.
K. Eric De Jonge, MD, co-founder of the Medical House Call program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and his colleagues, conducted a study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) that underscores the value of home healthcare for the nation's most vulnerable and frail elders.