Age in Place and Live Your Best Life with Health-Tracking Technology
As large sections of the population continue to age, many elderly people prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home rather than go to an assisted living facility or nursing home. This is what’s known as aging-in-place or aging at home. 87% of adults age 65 and older want to stay in their current home or community as they age. Among people age 50 to 64, 71% of people want to age in place. But aging in place requires fierce medical and emotional oversight.
Thanks to the rise of telehealth, physicians and doctors can now monitor their patients remotely as they age comfortably at home, including their physical health and emotional wellbeing. If the condition of the patient changes, their care provider will be the first to know, making sure the patient gets the care they need. But some patients might not fully understand how to implement this technology, including aging in place services, corresponding with nurses and care providers on a regular basis, and sharing this information with doctors and specialists. That’s why we created Stay Smart Care, a health-tracking technology service that helps elderly patients get acclimated with this kind of technology, so they can age at home.
Helping Seniors Use Health-Tracking Technology
Before a physician or doctor signs off on one of their patients aging at home, they need to make sure the patient can use certain health-tracking technology, so they can monitor their condition remotely. Otherwise, the patient’s health could deteriorate without the physician’s knowledge. But seniors aren’t the best when it comes to learning and using new technology. Even if a physician sends one of their patients home with the right health-tracking equipment, there’s a chance the patient won’t know how to use it, which could lead to a health emergency down the line.
That’s why doctors and physicians need to make sure their patients have all the information and training they need to age at home. Few doctors and physicians have time to help their patients set up these devices at home, which means patients are largely on their own as soon as they leave the doctor’s office.
But Stay Smart Care is changing all that. Doctors, physicians, and their patients can use Stay Smart Care to make sure everyone is on the same page in terms of using health-tracking technology. Our technology specialists will help these patients equip their homes with a customized package of wireless monitoring devices without changing the patient’s lifestyle. They can go about their business as usual without these devices getting in the way. These devices remotely monitor the patient’s condition, including pulse, blood pressure, blood sugar, and other valuable health information. We also make sure these devices are performing as expected, so the patient’s physician has access to all the information they need.
Patients also get to talk on the phone every week with an SSC-approved nurse about how they’re feeling. This gives the nurse a chance to assess the patient’s overall health and emotional well-being. We also provide support for the patient’s family members, making sure they stay abreast of the situation. This reduces stress among family members, helping them make sure their loved one is being cared for as they age at home. We also provide monthly updates to the patient’s doctor. One of our nurses will interpret the data, so the patient’s doctor can quickly make sense of how the patient’s condition has changed and how their treatment can be improved.
Aging at home is a beautiful thing. Elderly people don’t want to leave the place they’ve called home for dozens of years just to spend their precious time in a nursing home or assisted living facility. But if these patients are going to stay at home, they need to either learn how to use health-monitoring technology or partner with a company that can install and monitor this technology for them. At Stay Smart Care, we set up this technology for the patient, so they can age comfortably at home and stay in touch with their care provider every step of the way.
Learn more about the benefits of Stay Smart Care and give us a call at 844-505-3381.