As people get older, they often face an increased risk of major health challenges. Some of those challenges can be in the form of mental, physical, or emotional. The more struggles a person faces as they move into their 70s and 80s, for example, the more difficult it becomes to remain safe, even in the comfort of their home. This is one reason in home care is growing in popularity; it allows these men and women the opportunity to remain home.
Now, as technology expands and creates more opportunities, telemedicine is becoming a more integral part of the in-home care process. By having doctors remotely check-in with certain patients, it not only improves safety, but it can also offer those aging men and women comfort they haven’t had too often through the years.
According to Healthcare IT News, in its blog, How telemedicine is providing in-home psychotherapy for veterans, written by Laura Lovett:
“Terri Barrera, a research psychologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs, said that she works with patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The condition causes patients to have recurrent unwanted thoughts as well as ritualistic behaviors, which the person feels drawn to complete in order to get rid of the thought, according to Barrera. Patients usually experience triggers, such as germs.
All of this means that for some patients, coming into a hospital or clinic creates an extra layer of anxiety. But Barrera discussed how the “gold standard” of care can be implemented in video-based therapy.”
Many of the struggles these aging seniors face aren’t just physical. They can be mental, including obsessive-compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even depression. By providing a telemedicine option, these seniors who may struggle at home on their own suddenly have viable options for treatment that don’t require them to find a way and get to their doctor directly.
Various forms of therapy can be incredibly beneficial for people dealing with a wide range of health issues. The more struggles a person faces, the more limitations age places on them, it becomes increasingly difficult to even contemplate remaining home, where they are likely the most comfortable.
Remote care options and monitoring are opening up doorways for elderly and disabled people across the country and is giving them hope, the hope to remain home for the rest of their life, if that’s what’s most important to them. In-home telemedicine is one more tool the home care sector has at its disposal and agencies investing in technology are positioning themselves better to provide improved care and support for clients in the future.
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