Hospital at Home

Comprehensive Inpatient Care. All the Comforts of Home

Hospital-at-Home is a new program offered by University Hospitals that provides comprehensive, inpatient care at the patient’s home instead of the hospital. The Medicare-sponsored program reflects a growing trend across the country in which health care is shifting away from hospital-based care to a home-based model. UH is one of the first health systems in the region to offer this option to eligible patients.

UH Hospital-at-Home
UH Hospital-at-Home is an innovative, voluntary program that allows patients who would be admitted to a hospital to recover at home safely and comfortably, while maintaining hospital-level care.

Who is Eligible for Hospital-at-Home Care?

Eligibility for Hospital-at-Home care will be determined by the patient’s medical needs and their willingness to receive care at home. The program is voluntary and some people may feel more comfortable receiving care in a traditional hospital setting and that is entirely their choice. Both the patient and their physician must agree that receiving care at home is both safe and appropriate. Other eligibility requirements include:

  • Must have a diagnosis that requires inpatient hospital care, as determined by a medical provider
  • Must have traditional Medicare insurance coverage
  • Must have and be able to use the required communication tools (Smart phone, iPad or tablet)
  • Must be able to independently manage the activities of daily life, including going to the bathroom

For their safety, patients with a secondary condition such as active cancer (other than melanoma or prostate cancer), end-stage renal disease, or acute heart & vascular disease are not eligible for hospital-at-home care.

How Are Patients Cared For at Home?

The evaluation of the patient for the program will typically begin in the emergency department. If the patient is determined to be eligible, the Hospital-at-Home team will have an initial meeting to plan for their meals, medications, and the delivery and set up of any specialized medical equipment that may be required. The patient will then be safely transported to their home by paramedics.

Once settled at home, the patient will be actively cared for with the following services:

The Benefits of Receiving Inpatient Care at Home

Receiving hospital care at home can have a significant positive impact on patient recovery and health outcomes. Benefits may include:

  • Reduced stress and length of stay associated with traditional inpatient stays
  • Improved recovery times, due to a familiar environment and the presence and support of loved ones
  • Decreased use of emergency medical services
  • Less risk of hospital-acquired infections
  • Family members can be included in care planning, even those who are geographically distant

Janora’s Story

Read one patient’s account of the care she received under the UH Hospital-at Home program and why she would recommend it to anyone who is eligible.