The rising need of Home Healthcare in India:
Basic Life skills for Home Based care

The demand for the multi skilled home care service workers has been increasing and Homecare as a concept is gaining ground in India. Some estimates point out our current geriatric population (aged over 60 years) — at over 100 million. This is expected to grow to 325 million by 2050.

It is estimated that lifestyle diseases will account for a whopping 74% of total deaths by 2030 (compared with 56% in 2008) with Cardiovascular, Cancer and Diabetes accounting for a majority.

According to a WHO report, the Doctor: Patient in India is 1:1674 – much below WHO’s prescribed ratio of 1:1000. These statistics, combined with the change in lifestyle of Indian youth (which results in less time to attend to the sick), indicate towards a huge demand for home healthcare for the elderly.

With an aging population and the rapid increase in various types of chronic illnesses, there is an urgent need for quality healthcare. Private sector medical institutions and government hospitals are unable to cope since the average Indian finds them not easy to access.

Skilling people to aid in home healthcare is one major components of home based care. There are many advantages that home healthcare services offer and for which customers are happy and willing to pay for, including: Convenience – cuts down on travel time and expense; Provides personalized attention on a one on one basis & Recovering in the familiar and comfortable environment of one’s own home.

To tackle the sky rocketing expenses of hospitals and admission charges, home healthcare can be the state of the art innovation in healthcare in India.
One of the objectives of home healthcare skilling is not to just do the routine services like doctors at home or the nurses and physiotherapists at home. There is a large component and particularly looking at it from an Indian context where chronic diseases are becoming hugely prevalent, one of the biggest impact that home healthcare can make is in the management of chronic disease for patients at home so that these patients don’t need to go through recurrent hospitalization. It is one of the biggest impacts that we can make in home health care.

The other area that we can make a big impact in home healthcare is around aged individuals because when one ages, they get into many medical complications. Remain hospitalized with complications which don’t require the intensity of a hospital stay but require the care that a hospital service might provide – those are the services one can provide at home, and NICE Foundation is working towards providing hands-on skilling to people who are not from medical profession, to take care of such individuals.

NICE Foundation is providing hands-on, practical skills to people from the slums & peripheral villages of Hyderabad, with the Government of Telangana through the Municipal Administration.

  • NICE Foundation is also skilling:
    Traditional Birth Attendants in remote and inaccessible terrains, with an objective to reduce Mortality and Morbidity
  • ASHA’s & Anganwadi workers in rural and tribal regions to deliver care the way it has to be.
  • Upskilling the ANM’s in the rural and tribal regions