Posts Tagged ‘care facilities’
Mary is all smiles these days as she boards the Elderhaven van. At Elderhaven Adult Day Health Center Mary spends the day dancing, listening to music, playing games, and laughing with the new friends in her “crocheting group.”
Last holiday season, Mary’s situation was very different. Her multiple health and cognitive issues challenged Mary’s family in balancing the demands of caregiving and the demands of working full-time. This overwhelming situation prompted Mary’s family to make the difficult decision to place Mary in a nursing home.
Things began to change earlier this year when one of Mary’s relatives began volunteering at Elderhaven. He observed the loving care extended to the seniors by the Elderhaven staff, and the entertaining activities enjoyed by the clients– dancing, playing games, exercising, and making new friends. After touring the center, Mary’s family enthusiastically agreed that this would be an option that would allow Mary the joy and dignity of living at home with family. Mary would be in a safe and stimulating daytime environment. Mary’s hypertension and other chronic illnesses are now carefully managed each and every day by our full-time nurse.
IBM today announced its software is being used to correlate data from sensors capturing patient activity and replicate that in a virtual world with avatars that represent the elderly subjects in a unique pilot aimed at providing health researchers and students with insights on how to care for Canada’s aging population.
Since June, 2011, University of Alberta researchers in collaboration with Edmonton’s Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital have been using IBM software to study elderly clients who volunteer to stay in a model, self-contained “independent living suite” at the facility. The suite is instrumented with sensors and equipped with smart devices collecting information about their daily activities.
As healthcare providers gear up for telehealth, they’ll face new issues such as 24×7 remote monitoring and the need to support virtual doctor visits by telepresence over the Internet. I wrote before here and here, there must be compatibility among different video systems, including the enterprise class-systems in hospitals and consumer-class systems in PC & mobile devices.
Until today, the two prominent solutions I knew about were Vidyo and a Lifesize Communications technology called ClearSea. Both are cloud-based services that translate between incompatible video systems, but now there’s another option.
Why US Hospitals aren’t nearly as Safe as you think
The infographic below is under a Creative Commons license. Here are some highlights:
We all think of the hospital as a place we go to get better. But hospitals in the United States are making people sicker at alarming rates. Between overtired interns, germ-covered doctors, and haphazard record keeping, you might find yourself in more trouble than you were when you checked in.
Some of the statistics presented include:
- You’re 30,000 times more likely to die from a hospital visit than a plane crash.
- 1 in 5 patients suffer harm from medical errors.
- 1.7 million infections are contracted in hospitals each year.
- 99,000 die from them.
- More die from infections each year than from car accidents, breast cancer or aids.
Mayo Clinic Creates Healthy Aging and Independent Living Lab
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI) is pleased to announce a new “living lab” within the Charter House, a continuing care retirement community in Rochester. Charter House has 400 residents and is physically located in Rochester and physically connected to Mayo Clinic. Rochester is one of the nation’s best cities in which to reside, according to Money Magazine.
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As we age, there’s less need for life insurance and more need for Long Term Care insurance. This guest article describes converting a life policy into long term care. Some say long term care is only justified if you have enough assets to protect. And can’t we rely on home healthcare instead of expensive institutional care? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Wealth … Care Planning
Driven by crisis, alternative solutions emerge to pay for long term care
by Chris Orestis, Life Care Funding Group
On February 4th, 2011, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a dire warning in a speech before a gathering of top financial policy reporters at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “The two most important driving forces for the federal budget are the aging of the U.S. population and rapidly rising health-care costs,” said Bernanke. He warned that the costs of caring for the rapidly growing population of seniors in the U.S. will be an unsustainable burden for the U.S. budget and a constant impediment to economic recovery. As 10,000 Baby Boomers a day started turning 65 on January 1, 2011; the big three entitlement programs, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, are all in the red and creating havoc for government budgets at the federal and state levels. This has become the number one concern of the Federal Reserve about the U.S. economy.
Home health care can avoid higher costs of institutional care in a nursing home or assisted living facility, but making space may be an issue. Fortunately, there are many options. You can give grandma the spare bedroom, convert a garage into living space, remodel the home, or add a small cottage on your property.
That last option is the idea behind MEDCottage, a charming modular home that serves as a “mini-medical facility.” It’s designed like a deluxe trailer for the elderly, but it doesn’t look like a trailer. I like the idea of relying on experts to integrate various systems, where the combined value is greater than the sum benefits of each part.
Julie Rovner posted this article on the NPR Health blog, but she didn’t include my reader comments, so I’m summarizing key points here and adding my comments afterwards.
- The good news – Health costs rose 7.3% last year, which was the slowest rate in more than a decade but still nearly 5 times faster than the Consumer Price Index.
- The bad news – Since 2002, the annual health care cost for American families has more than doubled from about $9,000 to over $19,000.
So what’s driving the increases? It’s not Obama Care, the new federal health law.
Alliance Will Promote Cost-Effective Monitoring and Response Systems
NEW YORK (4/27/2011) – Verizon and Healthsense will help bring cost-effective wellness and health monitoring services to planned senior-living communities, under an agreement announced today. [mHealthTalk editor: Healthsense also provides solutions for home healthcare.]
The new services will be offered to senior or assisted-living housing developments utilizing Verizon’s advanced FiOS all-fiber-optic network. Healthsense’s Wi-Fi based technology systems will provide increased independence for residents and added assurance that they are safe.