The in home care industry has been a driving force when it comes to jobs across the country. Currently, this industry is the number one job creator, though pay rates and salaries are often troublesome for those advocating improved working conditions. It also makes it more challenging to attract quality care providers. Technology is viewed as a bridge that can help to not just lower the cost of care for seniors and disabled adults in need, but also improve quality of care.
Wearable technology has been gaining a great deal of traction and attention in recent years within the home care industry, and for good reason. It offers a low cost support that not only helps seniors have access to information and support, but also helps them monitor services rendered.
Communication is often seen as a major stumbling block within the home care sector, with doctors, nurses, aides, and other care support services having difficulty maintaining consistency.
MobiHealthNews reported in its blog, Survey: Half of aging in place seniors believe wearables will improve home care, written by Jonah Comstock:
“Perhaps more than any other area of healthcare, the home care industry suffers from disjointed and disconnected communication, which limits the quality of care delivered,” Greg Strobel, president of HHAeXchange, said in a statement. “Before we can improve member care, we must first understand what’s currently happening, and where gaps exist that can be improved upon by the home care community. Our survey gives payers and providers in home care powerful insight into how they can ensure program integrity and implement technology to improve care delivery.”
Home care fraud and abuse can happen when a care provider doesn’t accurately report hours spent with the person they’re meant to be caring for. It’s a big enough problem that a provision in the 21st Century Cures Act requires the use of electronic visit verification technology to ameliorate it.”
Helping to reduce fraud and abuse is one of the most pressing concerns for elderly and disabled clients and their families. Just more than half of prospective home care clients see wearable technology as being a potentially positive asset, allowing them to know when caregivers are to visit, monitoring their vitals and sending that information to their doctors, and even potentially sending real-time alerts to caregivers or families.
As technology continues to advance and be more cost-effective (the cost of technology generally decreases from development through release and afterward), it may offer an even better savings and safety option for seniors and disabled adults in need of home care support.