Formal and Informal Home Health Care
Effective post-acute care and recovery following an inpatient stay is an important aspect of high-quality care, as they have been shown to prevent hospital readmission and complications. This session features three papers that study drivers of successful home health care. The papers tackle issues around labor configuration and vertical integration for formal care giving and assessing the cost of providing a mix of formal and informal care by family members. It has been argued that the presence of a family member in the home or nearby serves as a substitute for both formal care and institutional monitoring, this session would serve to challenge this convention.