Health Care At Home in Greece

Health care at home is part of the continuous heath care, where health services are provided to individuals and families at the place of their residence, aiming at the promotion and/or conservation of health,rehabilitation or optimization of the level of independence and quality of life. The need for home health care is continuously Increasing in our days.

Reasons for the development of Health Care at Home are :

  • the more effective, efficient and appropriate
    provision of care to individuals in need for such services in the place they live,
  • the decongestion of hospital beds and,
  • the ever increasing costs of hospital care.

Home Health Care in most countries is synonymous to Home Nursing, which is internationally considered to be a service that is organised and provided mainly by nurses. Nursing services provided at home is not a new development in Greece. Limited home nursing services had been provided even before it became a recognised necessity as well as an object of study by lawmakers (N1397/83).

There are three professions in Greece that are mainly involved in the provision of community nursing services. These are general nurses, health visitors, and midwives.

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