I have this engraved on the clock hanging in my office. As a Home care administrator I know this is very true for the patients we serve everyday. When you are sick, time is of the essence. Time either passes by too slow or goes by too fast if you only have a short time left with loved ones . I therefore think, we as home care professionals have to pay great attention to time. Time to admit a patient is critical. When we get a referral we admit the patient within 24-48 hours. Even medicare regulates we notify patients if there is a delay past that point. Do Home care agencies all agree and abide by this? Not always and who is left unhappy? The patient. Do they feel they have a choice? Sometimes not.
However you feel about the above, the truth is TIME is of the essence!