Could a loner be an HME provider?


I read a great article over the weekend about introverts that got me thinking about the HME industry. 

Now, I love talking to people and meeting new people and learning new things—that’s why I went into journalism. But I need to balance that out with some hermit time or I get kind of…jittery. 

My introverted tendencies sent me into print journalism, where there’s a little less of a spotlight than broadcast journalism. Those same tendencies have me sneaking out of the Stand Up for Homecare reception after the speeches. (Sorry guys, you know I like you. I just need my space.)

But what about HME providers? My first thought was that most of you must be extroverts. You spend your whole day dealing with the public, helping people find what they need to be safe and healthy at home. Then, after hours, you’re taking calls and making emergency visits to help patients in need. 

For an introvert, that disruption of your expected downtime would be pretty unsettling and stressful, but it’s all part of the HME provider package. 

Could an introvert enjoy a job like that?

Maybe. The article says there are just as many introverts as extroverts out there. It stands to reason that some would end up in the HME profession. 

In some ways, it could be a good fit: A lot of working with HME patients is one-on-one or in smaller groups. The massive piles of paperwork you guys deal with could be a solitary break from the interaction. 

I’d be interested to hear from you guys whether you think HME is a better fit for introverts or extroverts. Shoot me an email, comment below or reach out on Twitter and let me know what you think.

Update: Chris Rice at Diamond Medical sent me this video on the same topic, definitely worth watching.