Heat Stress and the Elderly

July 24, 2012

It has been a hot summer this year which poses additional concerns for older adults and people with chronic healthcare needs.  The following article highlights some suggestions for you to think about and implement to help keep your loved ones safe and healthy in the hot weather.  Heat Stress & the Elderly, Tips and Suggestions


How Tele-Health Can Keep Your Senior Safe, Healthy and Connected

July 10, 2012

Tele-Health is making an impact in keeping elders in their homes longer and providing peace of mind for their family members especially those that do not live nearby.  It also provides 24/7 connectivity between the senior, family members, paid caregivers,  physicians and/or other healthcare providers.   Chronic conditions are monitored on a daily basis in the senior’s home which helps to avoid hospital or long term care facitiy admissions.  Another benefit of technology is the social connectivity it provides between the elders and their children and grandchildren.  The following article highlights many of the benefits of utilizing technology in the elder’s home. 

The Cost of Elder Care – There are Alternatives

June 29, 2012

It’s no secret older adults want stay in their own home, which we know technology can help with. But what gets little attention is the cost savings associated with embracing technology.  With the advances in the revolutionary new industry of home health technology seniors can remain in their home with a safety net provided by technology at a fraction of the cost of standard elder care. Connect Care provides peace of mind for caregivers, a safety net for their loved ones, and 24/7 connectivity for all. With the technology that we offer the cost of care in the home can be reduced significantly.  The following article provides solid numbers you can use when talking with your family members about their options. Just How Much Does Elder Care Cost Anyway. 

Thoughts on Mother’s Day for the Sandwich Generation

May 11, 2012

As Mother’s Day approaches my thoughts turn to those who may be members of the “sandwich” generation.  There are close to 20 million people in the United States or 1 out of 8 who are raising a child or children and caring for a parent in their home.  The needs of both the parent and the children can be great and the balancing act often falls on the shoulders of the “mom” in the middle.  Demographics is telling us that we are all living longer but that often means that as we age health problems increase.  Some of these health problems and changes associated with them means that we are faced with a dilemma of what to do when our parent can no longer live alone.  Our parents are often adamant about remaining independent.  They want to remain in their own homes even though a recent health event means this is no longer possible.  How to resolve these issues can be stressful and challenging.  The attached article on The Sandwich Generation offers valuable insights into this problem as well as steps to take now to prepare for this in the future.  I hope you all find this helpful and Happy Mother’s Day.

Home Safety for people with Alzheimer’s Disease

April 27, 2012

Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease is a challenge that calls upon patience, creativity, knowledge and skills of each caregiver.  Alzheimer’s disease can cause changes in a person’s ability to interpret what he or she can see, hear, taste, feel or smell.  In the attached article we have some tips that con help you make a senior’s home a safer place…

If you would like more information please see the attached 40-page booklet from National Institute of Health on caring for people with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Home Safety for people with Alzheimer’s.

Remote Patient Monitoring Part of the Tranformation of Health Care

April 6, 2012

Remote patient monitoring or telehealth devices can provide an unobtrusive solution for improving the management of chronic diseases.  According to a recent study, the remote patient monitoring market is predicted to hit $295M by 2015. 

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) which was signed into law on March 23, 2010 the incentives under Medicare for hospitals will be changing and these changes are right around the corner.  Beginning October 1, 2012, hospitals will receive significant penalties in their Medicare reimbursements if patients with certain chronic conditions are readmitted to the hospital within a certain threshold of 30 to 90 days.

Patients with heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, psychoses, and GI conditions have a much higher rate of hospital readmissions.  The reasons for these readmissions include improper communication of discharge plans, poor patient compliance including lack of compliance with medication, inadequate follow up care, and the insufficient use of supportive service.

Family members are going to be challenged to help their elderly family members understand their discharge plans, coordinate various service providers and maintain a level of communication with all the important health care providers that are part of the caregiver network for their family member.  New delivery systems are being piloted across the country and many of these include components of telehealth.  It is important to understand the role that remote patient monitoring can play and the constantly changing resources that are available.