About 40% to 60% of care provided by Melhor em Casa teams, who provide home care in the SUS (Unified Health System), relates to post-Covid cases.
The estimate is based on a survey with teams from the program and was quoted on Monday (8) by the General Coordinator for Home Care at the Ministry of Health, Mariana Burgess, at the event marking ten years of ‘the best in the home’. The program serves patients of all ages with limited mobility and acute, chronic, acute or complex health conditions.
Mariana Borges highlighted that patients with the consequences of stroke (cerebral vascular accident) accounted for the majority of consultations in the past two years, but that the epidemic had already emerged among the most common problems.
“Covid is already in third place. It is a disease that has never appeared and has already reached directly into third place of care,” the coordinator said, adding that “part of the care provided like influenza may actually be Covid-19.”
The Minister of Health, Marcelo Quiroga, participated in the ceremony, which was held at the Fernandez Figueres Institute in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to offering solidarity to the relatives of those who have lost loved ones to Covid-19, Quiroga highlighted his commitment to helping those who have survived the disease and are living with sequelae. “We have people with complications, and those people need care, and that care can be provided at home,” he said.
The minister announced that a decree will be published on Tuesday (9) allowing the entry of 116 additional teams into the program, which currently includes 11,700 professionals and more than 1,600 teams. In 2021, R$540 million was invested in the program.
“No one doubts the importance of a unified health system anymore,” Quiroga said.
By presenting the data and history of the program and procedures, coordinator Mariana Borges emphasized that home care allows for a more humane approach, as well as allowing teams to understand the context in which the patient lives.
“Biology is no longer autobiographical. By helping families look at conditions within the family, we are more likely to get effective, long-term results than simply treating an illness.”
According to the coordinator, through in-home monitoring, the program allows for a better quality of life for end-stage patients undergoing palliative care, reducing the demand for emergency units and exacerbating situations that lead to readmission.
“It’s a very important intermediate point between hospital and primary health care,” he said.
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