How to Manage Health Care of a Loved One Remotely

Senior Using Blood Pressure Gauge, Monitoring Healthcare Vitals at Home
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Caring for an aging loved one often becomes difficult for the caregiver as one begins to deal with the stress of constantly managing frequent doctor’s visits, work/life balance and the frustration our loved ones deal with facing illness and complications.

Remote health monitoring can not only relieve the burden from unpaid family caregivers for home-bound elders but it can also provide a strategic edge for assisted living providers. An estimated 44.4 million caregivers in the United States, representing 21 percent of the adult population, provide free care to their loved ones.

The Available Solutions

There are solutions available that combine caring support with health monitoring and have proven results. Home care delivers the professional clinical support and guidance with the compassion we would dedicate ourselves.  These are often critical elements in assisting our loved ones in managing long-term care plans which often change. But just as unpaid caregivers cannot be there 24/7, RNs and CNAs in assisted living cannot have their eyes and ears trained on every resident all the time. That is unless they have help.​

Technology solutions such as Remote Health Monitoring (RHM) provide the last piece of the puzzle to complement personal and professional care support. Remote Health Monitoring (RHM) is a tool – hardware and software – that enables healthcare monitoring of individuals outside clinical settings such as doctors’ offices and hospitals. This provides healthcare monitoring where it is most convenient for the individual, in their home.

This technology-based solution allows individuals to communicate their various vital sign measurements (heart rate, weight, etc.) directly to personal or professional caregivers.  By being proactive about managing healthcare, RPM helps to manage valuable clinical resources more cost-effectively and improves care coordination, streamlining sharing of valuable information across the entire care team which includes the personal caregiver.

Delivering a Program that Works

By leveraging a reliable technology solution that delivers actionable data, a trusted clinical team member and the caregiver have a strong partnership to help facilitate the care plans led by doctors.  No more unnecessary doctors’ visits. No more waiting rooms for no reason. Fewer readmissions - in fact, monitoring in assisted living allows the provider to keep a resident in a quality of life and lessens the chance for the need of more acute care in a skilled nursing facility.

RHM Improves Outcomes and Individual Satisfaction

Overall family and resident satisfaction increases as RHM reduces doctor visits, trips to the ER, and hospital stays. By increasing self-management, the individual feels empowered over their healthcare and becomes an active participant in monitoring their health. By involving the individual in their personal healthcare process, they experience increased satisfaction and independence as they are now an active participant.

Success Story

Arthur Tyson would not be alive today if he wasn’t enrolled in an RHM program, such as IDEAL LIFE, supported by professional nurses when his heart attack struck. Mr. Tyson was at his rural home, in-between his next scheduled doctor’s visit, when his IDEAL LIFE blood pressure monitor detected his heart rate had dropped significantly.

Through the IDEAL LIFE wireless gateway, Mr. Tyson’s physician was automatically notified and presented with a solution matched specifically to Mr. Tyson’s current condition. The physician immediately acted on this information and saved Mr. Tyson’s life. 

There is no doubt that remote monitoring, virtual doctor visits and all manner of care support will increasingly be provided through technology. And that spells great opportunity for providers.

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