Increasing Senior Adoption of Remote Health Monitoring

As more physicians and facilities incorporate telehealth and remote monitoring tools and practices,...

As more physicians and facilities incorporate telehealth and remote monitoring tools and practices, it is increasingly important for seniors to adopt these technologies. As a vulnerable population, seniors benefit most from tools that increase monitoring while preserving independence and safeguarding against exposure to the bacteria and viruses found in most clinical settings.

Change is always challenging – the trick is to understand the benefits and focus on those benefits as motivation to push through uneasiness. For seniors, the benefits of remote monitoring are numerous and significant. From maintaining independence and early detection of symptoms to life-saving fall alerts, remote monitoring is changing how we care for aging populations.

Accessible Healthcare

An essential part of living a longer, healthier life is access to routine healthcare. While this includes regular wellness exams, it also means being able to meet with a healthcare provider at the onset of new or worsening symptoms. For many aging adults, access to healthcare is limited by their mobility, and some may have given-up driving while others may live in rural areas without a nearby provider. Even those not limited by mobility or availability may face challenges when looking for some specialists.

Remote monitoring and telehealth services solve these issues by allowing healthcare providers to meet with individuals in their homes. For some, this harkens back to a time gone by, when doctors made house calls and the sick were treated in their beds. Now, aging adults can meet with providers without arranging a ride or even leaving their homes. When coupled with remote monitoring, telehealth services provide a robust alternative to in-office care.

Shorten or Eliminate Hospital Stays

While there are situations that demand in-facility care, in many cases, aging adults are kept in hospitals and facilities just out of precaution and to ensure proper monitoring. This is costly and can negatively impact the individual's social, mental, and emotional health. This is especially true when the individual is isolated from friends and family while under facility care.

Remote monitoring allows caregivers to remain informed about the wearer's health while maintaining their daily routine. Many of the same vital statistics (heart rate, respiration, and body temperature) collected by nurses and nursing assistants in a facility can be obtained by a non-intrusive, body-worn sensor and shared with doctors, caregivers, and loved ones. Remote monitoring allows aging adults to remain in their homes without sacrificing safety.

CareMate is an all-inclusive remote monitoring solution; right out of the box, it has everything needed to begin a remote monitoring program: sensor, sensor adhesive, network gateway, charger, access to CareMate's digital tools, and CareMate's world-class support. Reach out today to learn how CareMate can help you care for aging adults.

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