LIVING WELL PIONEER OF HIGH TECH IN HOME CARE
Jason Oliva wrote for the senior housing news about the widespread welcoming gero-technology is having. Living Well had been advocating for the use of technology to lower the cost of care for few years but some resistance has stopped the advancement of its usage. Mr. Oliva says: “…
Although healthcare technology had a more widespread appeal to younger consumers, the idea of using remote monitoring sparked interest in half of seniors and even more baby boomers, according to a 2012 study conducted by the Deloitte Center for Health and Solutions.
Millennials between the ages of 18 and 30 are more likely than Boomers (ages 48-66) and Seniors (ages 67+) to use innovative technologies that support greater “self-engagement” in their care. However, 50% of seniors and 57% of boomers are open to using self-monitoring, or remote health monitoring technology, that sends information to doctors.
However, when it comes to applications that would provide medication reminders, far less seniors and boomers—at 14% and 27%, respectively—favored the idea, compared to 61% of Millennials…”
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This assessment by Mr. Oliva supports Living Well model of care and goes along with the recent developments in the field. Just recently, WellAware (one of the few companies manufacturing safety monitoring devices and software for senior care) signed a contract with a San Francisco local HMO (OnLok) to conduct a pilot using safety and vital monitoring technology with a group of their low income clients. These are great news for the field, showing that the high tech component can perfectly go with the high touch piece of senior care. To read more about the OnLok-WellAware pilot: click here.
Hopefully, this, now, cutting edge concept, will be all integrated in our lives