for instance, recently offered its shoppers 25% off the entire line of Carex home health care
products from Apex-Carex Healthcare.
Others, however, have chosen to set these products apart from the more traditional home health care
items, placing them adjacent to products that are usually seen as complementary, including analgesics and hot/cold packs.
The drug chain recently expanded its presence in the home health care
market with the acquisition of selected assets of Sunrise, Fla.
The remaining outlets, which are all within a few miles of the stores with full home health care
departments, carry a much smaller selection but can obtain products for consumers in just a few hours, according to Lipsyc.
While looking to create a point of difference for their stores in a category whose future is certain to see rapidly increasing demand, many members of the trade class are reluctant to make too great a commitment to home health care
because of its slow turns, large inventory requirements and the space problems caused by the sheer size of some of the products.
A MedMax spokesman says the chain currently has no plans to open additional units, and those involved in the home health care
business note that the store closings underscore the obstacles to the category's growth.
Apart from the 10 specialty outlets operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart Home Health Care
Centre, all 810 of the company's conventional drug stores have a home health care
section that surpasses what most members of the trade class offer.
Manor Care also operates approximately 95 outpatient rehabilitation clinics, an acute care hospital and 80 home health care
What seems certain, however, is that demand for home health care
products and services will increase significantly in coming years.
Responding to a patient's request for a $20,000 custom-made wheelchair might prove somewhat difficult for a large drug chain; it would seem to be an impossible task for a small retailer - unless it was the home health care
unit of Lewis Drugs.
Bristol-Myers Squibb's SECURE THE FUTURE programs have included the training of home health care
workers to bring life sustaining programs into rural communities.
Through its continuing emphasis on home health care
and its contacts with local physicians, Horton & Converse Pharmacies has managed to carve out a solid niche in the highly competitive marketplace in southern California.
Home health care
continues to be quite the buzz phrase in all areas of health care--from clinical to retail settings.
Committee on the Role of Human Factors in Home Health Care
The workshop consisted of nine presentations--not necessarily representative of consensus conclusions or recommendations but focused instead on the identification of key ideas, themes, and considerations--that address issues associated with the types of people who receive and provide home health care
, tools and technologies involved in the delivery of home health care
, and the physical and social environment in which home health care