Older adults often have difficulty in a number of different areas when seeking healthcare outside of the home. People who cannot safely drive due to weakened eyesight or other health-related reasons must find a ride to each doctor's appointment, which can pose both financial and logistical obstacles. Appointments often involve long wait times, which can be difficult if not impossible for certain people, depending on their health and personal needs. Doctors themselves are often busy and do not have enough time to spend with each patient.
Seeking solely outside healthcare poses physical risks to people who are prone to falls and injuries. Additionally, an outside doctor is not able to assess patients' living conditions, and cannot do anything to prevent falls at home.
Having individuals from the community supplement outside healthcare by making house-calls and building close relationships with older patients will address these issues by providing more effective care and fall prevention, while at the same time improving relationships between younger and older local residents.