An article supporting Living Well’s high-tech – high touch approach, was published by Health Day: News for Healthier Living on January 18 by Dennis Thompson. The article stresses the importance of using technology to keep seniors for longer and safer: ” Seniors who want to remain in their homes despite illness and infirmity can get a high-tech assist these days. So can their children who might worry about…Sensors, GPS and more are being used to track aging parents’ movements… So can their children who might worry about an elderly parent living alone, often far from family members.
The 1980s-era medical alert pendants made famous by their television advertising (“I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!”) are now among a wide array of devices that can help keep an eye on aging parents and get them help when they need it.
Available technologies include:
Sensors in the home to track an older person’s movement, from the front door to the medicine cabinet to the refrigerator to the stove. The sensors are linked with computers that can issue alerts when people deviate from their routine.
Global positioning system devices, using the GPS technology that’s become so common in cars, that can help locate someone with dementia who’s wandered from home.
Computerized pillboxes that track whether medication is being taken on time.
Living Well Assisted Living at Home has been an advocate of the high tech – high touch model as a tool to enhance home safety for seniors at home and a model that helps lower costs for seniorcare. We found support to this stance on an article by Science Daily (1) on 12/31/10 “…Home health care technology may provide one important solution to global concerns about how to sustain health care systems threatened by rising costs and manpower shortages, but such a change faces multiple obstacles to adoption, according to a new RAND Corporation study. They continue by saying ‘…Home health care technology spans a broad spectrum from basic diagnostic tools, such as glucose meters, to advanced telemedicine solutions. Those advances have pushed the frontier of care management further into the home setting. The advances have the potential to not only support current care delivery, but to fundamentally change the model to a more efficient and more patient-centered one, according to the report. Home care also makes it easier for patients to age in place, if they prefer, and avoid institutionalization…” Read the report
(1) RAND Corporation (2010, December 31). Home health care could help sustain health care systems, study finds. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 3, 2011, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2010/12/101208130048.htm
As healthcare costs continue to increase, the government’s primary focus has been geared towards inpatient hospital stays for acute or chronic conditions. Acute or chronic conditions that could have been handled on an outpatient basis are the number one area for cost reductions. With the passage of PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), Congress gave Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the authority to penalize hospitals for excess readmission rates starting federal fiscal year (FFY) 2013 where the initial focus will be placed on heart failure (HF), acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and pneumonia. CMS has already begun reporting readmissions rates for these conditions on its Hospital Compare Web site. The implementation of Telehealth services and devices meet care providers’ goals in improving outcomes, avoiding unnecessary readmissions and maintaining patient independence. CMS Telehealth accomplishes this by providing 24 hours a day 7 days a week comprehensive approach to Telehealth in and out-of- home, which includes: complete installation, maintenance, delivery education, training, marketing, distribution and integration of all our products and services, with a 24/7 Central Monitoring Station that is supervised by clinical and technical personnel.
Only 5 percent of Americans ages 65 and older live in group quarters like nursing homes. In recent years, this share has been steadily declining (based on 2008 American Community Survey data). Numbers do not total 100 due to rounding. In a series of reports, NPR explores the quiet revolution — both high-tech and low — that aims to make it easier for seniors to age at home.
Lida and Chris Bridgers created Adaptive Home, an elder care monitoring system that uses sensors to track movement around a home. Their company grew out of their own need to monitor Lida’s mother, Flora Roberts after a stroke. Learn more