One of the significant challenges seniors face as they get older is continuing to receive proper health care. For some, cost is prohibitive and for others finding ways to get to their doctor could become an overwhelming challenge. With home care being a more integral part of overall health care for many seniors, access to and quality of those health care support services has improved.
Telehealth is another component that is improving the quality of health care for seniors and other adults at home. Jeff Bevis, contributor to Forbes Magazine noted in his article for the publication, Enhance Healthcare Delivery Through Home Care, published February 22, 2019:
“Home care and medical care providers have natural opportunities to work together and ensure consistent care for seniors. Communication is key. Home care allows seniors to age in place in their own familiar surroundings, letting them take advantage of home medical care or telehealth options.
Telehealth is an emerging field that is positioned to become a true tool that will save lives and reduce ER visits and hospitalizations. Seniors can receive monitoring and check-ups from the comfort of their homes. As more seniors and their families realize the benefits of telehealth, it will become part of the healthcare continuum, working hand in hand with home care and home health care.”
By utilizing technology and taking advantage of the benefits it offers, especially in relaying information and offering telecommuting opportunities for almost everyone with the right devices, seniors have an opportunity to “visit” their doctor, even from the comfort of their living room or bedroom.
The needs of the patient changes as they get older. There may be times when some elderly men or women require support services, such as those provided by home care aides, but then they may need more direct medical support. Being able to receive both of these at home not only improves emotional outlook and perception, but also overall access to quality care.
Home care has become instrumental at improving health care and various health care options for seniors and disabled adults. Whereas in the past these men and women would have had to take a trip to the hospital or their doctor’s office, more seniors across the country are able to receive services from a visiting nurse or have their vital stats sent directly to their doctor for ongoing monitoring.
This means better overall care, better long-term health outlooks, and a lower-cost alternative to other, more expensive, health care services.