Telemedicine continues to gain popularity, and many are calling it the future of medicine. Telemedicine, which involves the remote diagnosis, treatment or consultation of patients, is especially relevant in senior healthcare. Not only is it saving lives, but telemedicine is also helping seniors live healthier, more independent lives.
1. Aging in place is safer
Some of the greatest developments in telemedicine are the several FDA-cleared devices seniors can wear that immediately send an alert to a nurse’s aide’s cell phone when the system detects a fall. These devices can also monitor heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar and more, allowing a physician to keep close watch on a patient from a distance and send help if needed.
2. Easier access for less mobile seniors
Even seniors with help from a Palm Beach senior home care provider might find the whole process of getting to a physician’s office and having an appointment exhausting, especially if they have mobility issues and use walking aides. With telemedicine, seniors can conduct an appointment in the comfort of home, no travel necessary.
3. Less waiting and more time with the provider
Telemedicine makes it easier for seniors to access healthcare. Along with more time spent with a provider, seniors can avoid long wait times. The average person spends more than 20 minutes in a physician waiting room alone!
4. Easy monitoring of chronic conditions
Telemedicine has become a perfect tool to help physicians monitor chronic health conditions like COPD, heart failure, diabetes, obesity, and more. Along with remote video consultations for follow-up discussions, new systems allow for remote monitoring and transmission of important information like the patient’s weight, blood sugar and vital signs in real time.
5. Reduced costs of healthcare
Finally, telemedicine has the potential to reduce the costs of senior healthcare while increasing the quality of care. For example, a recent study found that hospital readmissions within one month of discharge cost more than $16 billion every year. Telemedicine can reduce readmissions through the use of remote monitoring technology and follow-up video consultations. At-home triage services with televisits by a nurse or physician can also reduce the need for expensive emergency room visits. Telemedicine appointments are often done at a much lower cost to seniors compared to an in-person appointment, and there are no costs associated with travel.
If telemedicine sounds fantastic, but isn’t a reality for your senior loved one yet, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer non-medical live-in and part-time senior care in Palm Beach, and our experienced caregivers can provide transportation to appointments, offer mobility support, and pick up prescriptions. To learn more about our care services, give us a call at 561.429.8292 and speak with a friendly Care Manager today.