A critical component to providing effective care and to promote overall well-being of seniors is to connect people with health care providers. Telehealth can be another key component to offering effective care. Telehealth can help not only elderly people to be able to receive specialized, high-quality care in their own homes, but also to stay at home and lead a healthier lifestyle.
Telehealth has a lot of benefits for patients and providers, including lower costs, more accessible care, and better outcomes. With telehealth, health care providers can monitor patients, or talk to them on a video chat, from a distance, to check for problems and even help people who are becoming disabled be taken care of while avoiding the need for intensive home care. It is another way to keep a person at home, because often providing home care entails maintaining a person’s equipment, cleaning and maintaining a house, and taking an older person for doctor visits and treatment, and all of that can be a strain on a person’s health.
Many elderly people have computers in their homes, and a significant number of seniors own tablets, as well as mobile phones. So a person might not want to go into the hospital or doctor’s office during a doctor’s visit.
With telehealth, a person can return home and return to their daily routines with regular check-ups and prescriptions being filled. Hospitals are often older facilities. Many elderly people may have family members living nearby, so someone might not want to go into the hospital or doctor’s office during a doctor’s visit.
Telehealth is already in use in some settings, such as hospitals, and can be especially important for patients with serious health conditions. For example, an elderly patient with hemophilia could send a video message with a blood clotting disorder management physician to get regular treatment, since patients can be on all types of blood thinners and the doctors’ offices have very small rooms with limited sightlines and working space.
Telehealth has a lot of benefits for patients and providers, including lower costs, more accessible care, and better outcomes.
For those who have home health aides, the aides could also offer advice and support using telehealth. Home health aides can often help keep elderly people in their homes, which would be a tremendous benefit for individuals who have difficulty living alone. The aides could even use telehealth to help older people who have injuries or illnesses they cannot care for themselves.
Physical therapy in a telehealth environment can also be very effective. Telehealth provides the high-quality care to improve muscle strength, while in a setting like a physical therapy facility, patients can be evaluated by an occupational therapist using a variety of equipment.
Telehealth helps patients make better decisions and is another option for delivering health care. It’s designed to help patients make better health decisions, and it is another option for delivering health care. It’s important to have high-quality health care that is patient-centered and beneficial for the patient. For many older people, telehealth is another good option.
Nicholas Dahlstrom is the senior vice president of strategy and new business development for UnitedHealthcare Communications, Inc. His current responsibilities include UHC’s strategy and new business development for mobile and telehealth products and services, as well as health applications and data technologies. He previously held executive positions in the company’s Broomfield, Colo., and Baltimore, Md., offices, and in senior operations roles at UnitedHealthcare member-care companies. Dahlstrom began his career at UnitedHealthcare, in 1986, working in information technology and maintenance roles in the administration and application center at UnitedHealthcare’s Bellingham, Wash., headquarters.