Many clients with chronic conditions rely on home care devices to help them manage their...
Many clients with chronic conditions rely on home care devices to help them manage their conditions. Devices for home care can facilitate client health self-management, thus increasing the quality of care and reducing costs.
Home health aides, nurses, and other home health professionals can play an important role in helping clients use these devices effectively.
Home care providers should consider asking clients what home health care devices they use and how they use them. Then providers can discuss ways to improve patient adherence to the device prescription or instructions provided by their physician or other healthcare professional.
Client self-management and self-care
Client self-management provides care that puts the client at the center, empowers them to make choices, and encourages them to take responsibility for their own health. Client self-management is also referred to as self-care.
The goal of client self-management is to support people by giving them more control over their health and its impact on their daily lives. This can be done by providing resources, information, and teaching skills and strategies.
Client self-management is often used with people who have chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart failure. It can also be helpful for people who need ongoing medical care but do not have a primary care provider (e.g., those with mental health issues or substance use disorders).
Client self-management and self-care have been identified as key strategies for improving the quality of life for older adults and those with chronic illnesses. As such, home care providers are encouraged to support clients' efforts toward client self-management and self-care. This includes providing information and education about available resources, encouraging patients to participate in decision-making, and offering opportunities to develop new skills that will improve their ability to manage their own health.
Why are self-management and self-care skills critical to value-based, patient-centered care?
As we navigate the shift to value-based payment models and patient-centered care, it is critical to focus on three areas with home and self-care monitoring devices:
- Clients are more engaged in their own care. They have access to data about their health and wellness. They can use that information to make informed decisions about their care.
- Clients have better self-management skills because they have the knowledge and tools to monitor their own health.
- Clients can access high-quality, affordable home care services, such as telehealth, to manage their symptoms independently or with support from family members or friends.
How do home care devices enhance client self-managed care?
Home care devices can facilitate client health self-management, thus increasing the quality of care and reducing costs.
Homecare devices are becoming increasingly popular as they are convenient, easy to use, and less expensive than other home health products.
The benefits of using homecare devices include:
- They allow for a more customized approach to care, reducing the need for medical professional visits.
- They allow patients to receive care at home, reducing unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions.
- They are more cost-effective than other home health products because they eliminate the need for healthcare professionals to travel between patients’ homes and hospitals or clinics.
The use of homecare devices also benefits patients in many ways:
- They can help individuals monitor their health status and progress, leading to better outcomes overall.
- They ensure that clients receive personal attention from healthcare professionals at all times so that any issues can be addressed immediately before they become too serious or life-threatening.
- Homecare devices also allow clients to take an active role in their own healthcare by using them themselves rather than relying exclusively on others for help with their daily activities and medical needs.
Why should providers increase client engagement to ensure care success?
Client self-managed care is one of the senior care industry's biggest challenges. As baby boomers age, it's becoming increasingly important for providers to ensure that their clients are engaged in their own care plans.
Why should providers increase client engagement?
- First, if you have an aging clientele, they may be less likely to afford living at home with assistance.
- Second, the cost savings associated with having a client who requires less assistance and frequent visits can help keep your business afloat.
- And finally, if you're going to put in all the hard work of providing care for your clients, it's only fair that they participate as much as possible in making decisions about their own health care.
Here are some ways you can improve client engagement:
- Create a culture of communication with employees and clients alike
- Encourage staff to connect with clients on a personal level
- Reward employees who communicate effectively with clients
What qualities should the home care device have to improve client engagement and self-managed care?
Home care devices can improve client engagement, self-managed care, and quality of life. The key is to define what qualities these devices should have to achieve this goal.
What qualities should home and self care monitoring devices have to improve client engagement and self-managed care?
- They should be easy to use, provide accurate data and be able to connect with other devices, apps, or the internet.
- Create a user experience (UX) that makes using these devices enjoyable and convenient.
- Devices should be as intuitive as possible.
- Devices should be versatile so they can use them in various settings like their homes or assisted living facilities.
Home care devices can enhance client self-managed care. Home care devices are designed to reduce the time a caregiver spends providing direct care, allowing them to focus on other aspects of their job.
Using home healthcare devices can also help clients live independently in their homes longer and reduce the need for hospitalization or nursing home placement. In addition, the use of home care monitoring devices can improve the quality of life for older adults at risk for falls, injury, and death because of their physical limitations.