Senior Care Innovator Bill Thomas: COVID-19 Rewriting Health Care Rules, Pushing Home Health into the Spotlight


This pandemic has brought many issues to light, one of those is that we need to invest more in in-home health care and community-based settings. Dr. Bill Thomas, a senior adviser at Lifesprk, a Minnesota-based home-based care provider has been speaking out about this need for decades.

Home Health Care News recently interviewed Dr. Thomas on this very issue. Here is an excerpt from the interview:

“Can you break down the current challenges and opportunities that you are seeing in home care?

For too long, home care has been relegated to sort of outsider status in terms of the health care system. As I was saying before, that’s where 90% of the outbreak is.

The challenge there is, when it comes to the resources — the tools, the technology, the protective equipment and the systems that are needed to manage [those] cases — providers have largely been left to their own devices to figure out how to get that stuff.

That’s in contrast to some of the much more structured programs you see for hospitals and other parts of the health care system.

In essence, the biggest part of the outbreak has been offered the least support and assistance in terms of meeting the challenge. I think that’s a big mistake that we are going to regret going forward. “

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