1. Welcome to Home Care: The Health Care Setting of the Future
This chapter sets the stage for why home care is so different from other practices and business settings. Because the patients and families served are "out there" in the community, this different foundational construct has implications for care delivery, operations, and management, and sometimes home care team members feel "alone" because of this. In fact, this feeling, when reported, can be addressed and supported. This chapter provides a snapshot of some quantifiable data that helps make clinicians and managers know they're part of a large and growing community.