Wonderful New York home care program

Last year, a colleague in Toronto told me about a very effective program in New York City.  A group of doctors do home care of housebound elderly, out of the largest organized home care facility in the United States, run by the Mount Sinai Practice Associates. I’m planning on visiting them sometime this year. Particularly inspirational for me it was their video entitled “Doctor in the House”.  You can take a look at it here.

I had the thrilling privilege of addressing the combined nursing and physicians’ homecare groups in New York City the evening of June 22, 2011. One of the things I found most interesting after the question period following my talk was that many of the most pressing and stubborn problems experienced in New York (and I think all over the United States) are very similar to the ones we have here in Canada. The two health care systems differ mainly in who or what actually pays the money. But communication among professionals, with families, and from hospital to community are a challenge everywhere, and so is the overall public mindset about the end of our lives.

Fascinating! I’ll be going back to New York in September, and hope to see some more of the Mount Sinai home care program firsthand.

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 30 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.
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