With 2010 coming to a close, I have recently been reflecting back over the past year. At Home Care Assistance we are continuing to raise the bar, hiring the best caregivers around and making sure that are clients are highly satisfied with the services they receive. I have also been thinking about the state of the home care industry – where we were at the beginning of 2010 and where we are going in 2011. After reading through some interesting articles online, one emerging trend really stood out to me for 2011.
Technology. Technology will continue to drive the home care industry by making it even easier for seniors to be monitored by doctors in the comfort of their own home. Researches say, “Home health care is an attractive solution because it empowers patients to self-manage their conditions to a greater extent and helps to shift care from high-cost institutional and professional settings to patients’ homes and the community.”
According to Healthcare IT News, “Three in five Americans with chronic disease say using a home medical device would improve their health.”
Experts told the New York Times that, “National health systems in Europe and Japan are ahead of the United States in home health monitoring, but the gap may narrow as pressure builds to slow the increases in Medicare costs.”
However, since these technological devices are relatively new, the cost still remains high. That is why hiring a professionally trained caregiver is an ideal option. He or she can monitor your elderly parent or loved one to ensure they take their medications, eat a healthy and balanced diet, as well as drive them to doctor’s appointments as needed.