The Kent Hospital at Home (HaH) program provides patients who qualify the ability to receive the same quality and intensity of care that one would receive physically in the hospital building in their own home. Patients experiencing an acute medical event will be cared for by an interdisciplinary team of professionals without having to be displaced from their homes following their initial emergency room visit. This model of “inpatient” care provides the full spectrum of hospital treatment to the patient in their own environment.
Patients have access to a clinical provider 24 hours per day, 7 days a week with additional tele-health options as well. They have the opportunity to fully partner and engage with these providers at every step in the program.
During an admission to the Kent Hospital at Home program, patients receive:
The Kent Hospital at Home care team is focused on your needs and will be closely engaged with you at every step. The team will also be in communication with your primary care provider, and any Kent Hospital or Care New England specialist you may have. The care team is made up of several medical professionals that include:
The program is generally appropriate for conditions with low rates of complications. This includes flare-ups of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, certain types of infections, and other conditions. Your doctors and nurses will review your medical information and speak with you and your family to determine whether the hospital at home program is appropriate for you.
Yes, you will receive the same level of care that you would as an inpatient in the hospital, including receiving care from the same doctors that you would see in the hospital. There are also telehealth options as well to provide even more access to your doctors and our specialists.
Each patient receives a device that will measure and transmit vital sign information to your provider team, who will monitor patient data closely. The device kit tracks temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and pulse. This monitoring occurs constantly, and your care team will respond in real-time to assess your needs, conduct a telehealth visit, and send assistance to your home if needed.
No, you do not have to participate in the Hospital at Home program if your provider recommends it. You are the decider of your healthcare treatment, and you are entitled to receive care physically at the hospital.
There are times when being in the hospital is the most appropriate for receiving care, but being in a home setting can help many patients recover or improve from their health concerns more effectively. Some of the benefits of receiving health care at home include:
Studies show that hospital at home programs are safe and effective and offer patients more satisfaction and improved medical outcomes.
Kent Hospital will work with you to ensure the home is a safe care setting.
Kent Hospital will bill your health insurance provider for your Hospital at Home stay. You may be responsible for co-pays and other costs determined by your health insurance plan, as with any hospital stay.
More information can be obtained through Patient and Visitor Resources.