Healthcare for a Better and Healthier Tomorrow

Prevention has always been better than cure. Having annual physical examination and taking healthy food supplements are just two of the many ways to ward illnesses off. Yet there are times where illness strikes even if you are living healthily, having a great retail healthcare program will ease not only the patient’s mind but their families, caregivers and employers as well.

The Need

The moment a baby is born, health products are already needed. Nursing pillows, breastfeeding paraphernalia, and diapers are just few of the things that can be purchased in a health gift shop. As the baby reaches the toddler stage, trainer glasses and other utensils are needed. The mother needs to get fit, having exercise equipments and taking food supplements to aid in breastfeeding are needed. Stomach binders are also needed especially for mothers who underwent C-section.

Basically, in every phase of life, there is a healthcare product needed to prevent or cure illnesses.

The Solution

Health is a wealth that we must take care of, there are no cash-and-carry for body spare parts. Retail Healthcare Product is a solution to be provided for individuals, hospitals or healthcare facilities or systems.

The Benefits

Customers or patients will experience what health program or facility they need from hospitals or healthcare system. In this manner, there will be improvement in the patients outcome.

The Business Opportunity

Venturing into the healthcare business is very lucrative in the present times. Studies show that more and more people are health conscious. Succumbing to illness is not an easy ordeal. People flock in wellness centers for health seminars, fitness workshops and other healthful activities. Packaging health or fitness equipment and supplements as gift items make it one of the salable gift shop products.

The Healthcare Business Provider

If you are a hospital, clinic or a healthcare system provider – looking for the right people to trust in retail healthcare products is tough. Here are some guidelines that will identify a great provider:

must have an alliance with the leading healthcare industry experts and resources to assist in identifying and implementation of retail healthcare and e-commerce strategy
has a solid business plan
has a reward point system or point of sale to gain customer’s loyalty
has an online commerce system
can manage the implementation of a unique retail store concept
can provide successful business operation with years of experience
can provide plans and store design for the physical store (for gift shop solutions)
can provide store designs, operation instructions and management for retail pharmacy solutions
can provide the best brands of gift shop and pharmacy items
can improve retail healthcare offering

The Highlights

It is important that a retail healthcare product provider will be able to analyze the latest trend or statistics, facilities and operation to create or formulate recommendation for clients.

The Paquin Healthcare organization has a pool of consultants with expertise in retail healthcare, gift shop, retail pharmacy and e-commerc

Why Is Home Healthcare on the Rise?

An increasing number of Americans are caring for loved ones at home. A neighbor in your apartment building may be a family caregiver. A family on your block may be caring for a loved one at home. A church friend may be a home caregiver and tells you about the experience after services.

Statistics support the home caregiving trend and some are startling.

According to a November 2009 report from the National Alliance for Caregiving, some 65 million people, that’s 29 percent of the entire population, are caring for an ill, disabled or aged family member. Fifty-nine to seventy-five percent of all caregivers are female, notes a 2003 Health and Human Services report to Congress. The so-called “free” services provided by family caregivers adds up to a whopping $375 billion a year.

You may be caring for a loved one in your home and, if you are, the rise in home healthcare isn’t a surprise. It’s your new normal. The reasons for the increase in home healthcare are pretty straight forward.

1. Advances in medicine have increased life span. Not that long ago the average age at death was 68 years old. Today, the average age at death is 79 years old, and the number of older adults in our nation has increased markedly.

2. Nursing homes are common, but many communities don’t have enough of them to meet demand. Nursing homes have waiting lists and moving up on the list can take months or years. Even if your loved one moves up, she or he may not get the desired room.

3. Home care is cheaper than nursing home care. The cost of nursing home care is about $70,000 a year, according to “Comparing Costs for In-Home Care, Nursing Care, Assisted Living and Adult Day Care,” an article on the Our Parents website. A private room costs even more, the article continues, about $79,000 a year.

4. Home healthcare is cheaper than assisted living. With assisted living you pay for the apartment, pay for meals, pay for medical back-up, pay for storage, pay for parking, and may pay for building improvements.

5. Home healthcare is less institutional, and this is comforting for your loved one. Your loved one feels at home because she or he is home, surrounded by familiar people and familiar things.

6. Though you’re caring for a loved one at home, you can still get help from a caregiving agency. While this help isn’t cheap, it reduces the burden on the caregiver. Together, the family caregiver and agency caregiver form a network of support.

7. Today, caregiving help is more available and there are many websites for family caregivers, government publications, agencies, and specialized magazines. Home healthcare is love in action, plain and simple.