House Calls

"In-home visits are best for the patient and the doctor."

There are only a few qualified house call programs providing excellent healthcare to the senior and disabled population in the United States. Dr. Dennis Kern, DPM, is proud to be on the leading edge of healthcare in the greater Chicago area. According to Dr. Kern, “The geriatric imperative demands that the entire medical community begin to develop strategies to provide consistent quality healthcare for the rapidly increasing geriatric population.” Our House Call Division, founded by Dr. and Mrs. Kern was designed to address that need.

House calls can help reduce a patient's need for emergency room visits. Additionally, should a patient be hospitalized, the same podiatrist can generally follow her course of treatment in the hospital. KPG House Call Division provides a smooth transition and excellent continuity of care. Our House Calls, which are customized to the patient, have visits scheduled ranging from weekly to annually depending on the patient's medical need.

Three Advantages of House Calls for the Senior and Disabled:

  1. Reduces Risk of Injury
  2. Traveling to and from doctors' offices can be a logistical nightmare for the infirmed. Seniors suffering from chronic foot problems and/or disabilities are often too ill to attempt to leave their homes. During the winter months, the risk of falling and exposure to germs increases. They often delay receiving much needed care until weather conditions improved. In the meantime, their foot problems worsen or other problems go unnoticed. House Calls help to reduce, and in some cases eliminate the risk of injury by bringing much needed services into the comfort of a patient's living room.

  3. Our Podiatrists Assess Patient's Living Environment (Emotional, Social, Medical)
  4. Our licensed podiatrists are afforded the optimum perspective to assess patients' emotional, social, and environmental situation. In addition, the podiatrists can obtain an accurate account of doctor prescribed and self-prescribed medicines. This allows our podiatrist to customize post-treatment advice to best match each patient's particular environment and resources. Each patient is treated as an individual.

  5. State of the Art Diabetic Wound Care Treatment
  6. In the United States, more than 60% of non-traumatic limb amputations occur among people with diabetes. The majority of lower limb amputations in diabetics are preceded by foot ulcers. Foot wounds/ulcers are a major cause of morbidty (disease), disability, and death in patients with diabetes. Wound healing failure is a frequent cause of lower extremity amputations.

    Regular podiatric visits for the diabetic can:

    • Reduce the insistence or severity of ulcers through preventive measures such as diabetic shoes, vascular screening, proper care
    • Promote healing in the event of ulcers/wound through wound debridement and cleansing or impregnated dressings
    • Reduce the likelihood of amputation

How to Schedule A House Call:

Referring Medical Professionals (Physicians, Home Health Agencies, Nurses, Nursing Agencies):

    Please call (312) 226-5376 (KERN) or email to obtain the KPG Home Podiatry Referral Form.

      - Single page form is streamlined and easy to complete
      - Fax or email completed forms for scheduling
      - Within 24 hours of receipt, your office will receive acknowledgement


    Call and speak with our well-trained staff who will secure the information necessary to schedule your visit.