Patients are spending less time in the hospital these days thanks to technology. One group who should be considered for what technology can do for them is seniors. The idea “age in place” is a reality for many. How do we keep our seniors safe and well as they live out the rest of their lives in their own homes? Is being able to age in place a reality for most seniors?
Technology is adding more and more to mobile medicine every day. While for many, it is the joy of convenience that makes patients buy into it, IoT and other types are helping the medical community provide independence to patients. Technology can monitor the sugar of a diabetic patient, provide valuable information on arrhythmias for a heart patient, the list goes on. What can it do for our seniors?
We don’t typically think of seniors and mobile technology in the same sentence, but being able to marry the two worlds together will go a long way in being ready to successfully age in place. We’re not talking about teaching grandma how to use her smartphone to text, we’re thinking more along the lines of letting technology aid her in taking care of herself and staying out of the hospital.
Being Able To Age In Place Means Connecting To Resources
When a senior is injured and requires hospitalization or rehabilitation, the time spent in either of these places is significantly shorter than it used to be. For many seniors, rehabilitating from an injury may mean skipping the rehab hospital stay all together and getting rehab at home with a visiting physical therapist. This is all well and good if someone is living with them full-time, but what about the senior who is on their own or has limited family support?
Communication is vital to being able to keep the patient healthy and out of readmission status at the hospital. What kinds of technology could be used to make that happen? A digital calendar that dings and whistles with reminders for appointments or things “To Do” can really help a senior come a long way in managing their own patient management.
Tablets and smartphones can assist the senior who needs reminders, needs to receive appointment requests from other people in their care team or someone else to make sure that what is being delivered in discharge plans is really being followed as specified at home.
Smartphones have apps that can monitor heart rates, as well as other types of medical data that could be very useful in being monitored by members of the care team as well. Being able to make critical information portable, usable, and easily accessible helps members of the care team decide in an instant if more needs to be done in assisting the patient on the road to better health.
Journaling information to be reviewed later is also a valuable resource of data to a patient’s care team in assessing age in place viability for a patient.
- Are they eating?
- What are they eating?
- How often are they eating?
- Are they drinking?
- What and how much?
- Did they take their medicine today?
- How about personal hygiene?
It is some of the simplest things for a senior to forget to do that prevents them from being able to successfully age in place. If the senior is not record this information accurately or not at all, it may make sense for them to have a personal care assistant or a home health care professional to come in and help with daily tasks to help keep them healthy.
How To Help The Senior Get What They Need When They Need It
Being able to see all this information in one place is essential in assessing risk and compliance in being able to age in place from an insurance carriers’ perspective. They need to know what steps have been followed up ‘til the time someone is requesting additional services for the patient. Being able to provide that information easily will make the difference in a quick approval or a lengthy waiting time or rejection.
How can you easily store all this information in one place to be used by anyone on the care team in one place? eCare Vault is the first solution of it’s kind to be a total, end-to-end care coordination platform, so the care team and the senior all have an accurate picture of what needs to be done for care, what has been followed through on and what notes anyone has written regarding patient engagement and care compliance.
How much easier would being able to age in place be if everyone involved in the health, care, and wellness of the senior was dialed into a mobile app that made it all happen? If you’d like to know more about how eCare Vault can help your patients and clients age in place successfully, we’d like to show you how. Contact us today for a demonstration of eCare Vault’s powerful and fully HIPAA Compliant solution today.