In the early morning hours, 73-year-old Jacob wanders the house he’s shared with his wife of 38 years. It’s quiet and peaceful. As the birds sing their morning hymnals, Jacob is determined to start his day on the right track. He makes his way to the kitchen table, picks up an arm cuff, and secures it around his upper arm. A device wakes up and pressure begins to build.
Jacob has been diagnosed with high blood pressure and that means he’s at an elevated risk of a stroke or heart attack. He knows there are rarely symptoms of elevated blood pressure, so he’s constantly checking it with modern devices.
For this senior, the device he’s using will also send the vital information to a database that is monitored by his doctor and a series of nurses. Should any of the numbers cause concern, they can address it with him immediately.
Modern technology and monitoring devices are improving quality care for men and women of all ages all across the country. Not only can these devices help offer assurance to these individuals, it can also help temper the cost of home care support.
As noted by Dan Gorenstein in the blog, Why home health monitoring devices could improve care and costs for chronically ill patients, and published by Marketplace:
“In the old days, before smart phones and high-tech electronic medical equipment, companies tried to get patients to monitor their chronic conditions by mailing pamphlets to patients, or calling to check-in. Whether using a smart phone or pamphlets, the goal was always the same — the holy grail of health care — lowering the costs of care for people with chronic conditions, which costs billions.
Advances in home health monitoring tools have attracted a new crop of companies eager to get in the game. Thanks to this new wave of technology it’s easier than it has ever been for doctors and nurses to stay in contact with their chronically ill patients.”
Instead of relying on a visiting nurse every day, or even several times a day, Jacob can simply follow the procedures and be monitored remotely. It’s a major cost savings for him and his wife as that level of home care support would not be covered by Medicaid for long-term care.
He acknowledges that it may be necessary at some point in the future to rely on home care services, but he’s comfortable and pleased with the technological innovations that are making it easier for people like him to remain at home, with his wife, where he’s most comfortable.