I am a grease spot on the sidewalk of life. And I am not alone.
A recent study from Johns Hopkins, published in the J of American Medical Assn, said shut-ins are nearly invisible.
The homebound population is 50% larger than the population in nursing homes. Only 11% get medical care at home--the rest receive next to none or none.
I HAVE been wondering how I can get to the doctor in Sept to get my meds renewed.
Completely homebound people tend to be older, female, non-white and have less education that non-homebound people. Usually they have been hospitalized in the last year.
Medicare defines homebound by a number of criteria. The Hopkins people are behind an intervention called CAPABLE--for Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living fro Elders.
I am not quite to that point-my daughter lives here. But things can change. If you know someone living alone, check in sometimes.
There was a terrible story on the news about a man released from cancer treatment in the hospital who called the police and said could someone bring me a sandwich--I can't get out of this "damned chair." The dispatcher brought him a bag of groceries on her own dime and now he has visiting nurse checkins. Still--awful story.