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The Top 5 Benefits of House Calls for Kids

When your kid gets sick, there’s really nothing pleasant about the experience. It can be messy, upsetting, and we hate to say it, but pretty inconvenient. Even if you’ve never experienced the benefits of house calls, their convenience is probably obvious. But there’s so much more to it. Aside from not having to leave home, the benefits of house calls are much deeper, leading to a safer and less stressful experience for the whole family. Keep reading to learn why.

  1. Less Disruption: “Disruption” may be a buzzword in the tech and startup world, but when it comes to Mom’s almighty schedule, disruption is NOT what we have in mind. When your kid gets sick, it’s something of a domino effect where you have to stay home, sit on hold with the doctor, schedule an appointment, wait around, commute, sit in a waiting room, and so on. With house calls, though, care is a straight line. Through an app like OPEAR, you can “order” a licensed provider as quickly as you order a pizza and have them at your door almost as quickly. While you wait, you’re free to catch up on work, finish the mopping, and simply give your sick kid the time and attention that they need.
  1. On-Demand Care: If your kids just have to catch a cold, wouldn’t it be great if they could wait for a “convenient” time? Unfortunately that’s just not how it works, and often, we’re dealing with a late night stomach bug or Fourth of July poison ivy attack. If you’ve ever tried telling a nauseous or itchy kid they’ll have to wait until morning to feel better, we can guess how that turned out. Without a brick-and-mortar office, house call services like OPEAR cater to your schedule, not the other way around.
  1. More Personal Care: If you’ve ever felt like your doctor’s visits were rushed, it’s probably not in your head. Both primary care physicians and urgent care providers work incredibly hard, and can often be overstaffed. Plus, when a bug is “going around”, it’s likely that you’re not the only family begging to be squeezed in. As a result, some providers don’t get to spend as much time as they would like to with their patients. With house calls, you can guarantee you have your doctor or nurse’s undivided attention. Take your time, ask all the questions you need to, and rest assured you’re getting the best possible care.
  1. Reduce the Spread of Illnesses: You know the feeling when your kid goes into the doctor’s office with a simple ear infection and leaves with the flu? As frustrating as that can be, it’s even worse when you bring your kid into Starbucks on the way to your appointment. With house calls, quarantine is built in. Your kids are safer, your neighbors are thankful, and you don’t even have to change out of your slippers.
  1. Change the Setting, Change the Tone: When your kids aren’t feeling well, they’re already on edge. And that means you’re on edge. The last thing that you need is the added trauma of getting them into their car seat and explaining why they have to sit in an uncomfortable chair for 20 minutes. Instead, wouldn’t it be easier to let them stay in bed, curled up with their iPad in their fuzzy socks? You’ll be amazed how much more amenable your little ones are to a stethoscope and a tongue depressor when they’re sitting on your own couch, trust us.

There are many benefits of house calls, and we can’t say enough about how they’ve changed our family’s lives. Coming May 2019, OPEAR will offer the same experience to families across the New York area. Stay tuned for updates!

More information on how the service will work, check out this blog post.

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