For those transitioning from round-the-clock hospital care to in home care, the move can be difficult to manage. This is particularly evident for the elderly and those managing a chronic disease, both of which would be considered high risk. With advances in technology, there are now options for home care available that can help to enhance the patient experience, increase the provision of patient-centred care and allow the patient to live independently and with dignity.
How can GrandCare help improve in home care?
GrandCare’s simple touchscreen appliance arms a discharged patient with diagnosis information, instructions, medication management, remote caregiving coordination and one-touch video chat with health providers. Being discharged from the hospital is a turbulent time which can leave patients confused or overwhelmed. Simple things like taking medication on time can easily be forgotten, leading to an increase in recovery time or a worsening of the condition. The GrandCare system offers intuitive and innovative assistive technology devices to help with the transition period and with ongoing care.
For ongoing patient monitoring, the assistive technology device can be used for accessing the patient’s vitals which can help lower the chance of the patient being readmitted to the hospital. If the patient is confused or disoriented, activity sensors can be setup to alert caregivers of any unusual activity. If a door opens in the middle of the night or if the patient fails to get out of bed in the morning, an in home care provider can be sent to check on the patient. While the device does offer unparalleled home monitoring, it also empowers the patient to live independently.
This offers peace of mind for the patient and their family, as well as providing doctors with the opportunity to prevent avoidable hospital readmissions. When a doctor has easy access to a patient’s ongoing vitals, they are much more likely to be able to respond quickly to things like blood pressure or even changes to daily habits. When using assistive technology devices, research has proven that A&E visits can be reduced by 36% while inpatient hospital admissions can be reduced by 29%.
Increase socialisation for in home care patients
Assistive technology devices like GrandCare aren’t only about taking care of the body but are also ideal for taking care of the mind. The large touchscreen device is a window to the world which can be a much-needed lifeline for a patient that requires in home care. They can use the device to connect with loved ones, play games with their grandchildren or just video chat with an old friend. This kind of socialisation can help to improve the quality of life for an elderly person or something managing a chronic illness.
Proven results for our assistive technology devices
In a 2013 study of patients using our GrandCare in home care technology, we saw the following results:
- 36% improvement in HbA1c blood sugar
- 37% improvement in triglycerides
- 29% reduction in inpatient hospital admissions
- 36% reduction in A&E visits
GrandCare is perfect for high risk patients who are being discharged from my emergency room. The system sends out alerts on medication non-compliance and red flags, such as an excessive weight gain, which gives me more meaningful patient data and can reduce unnecessary readmissions. This all leads towards better outcomes turning into revenue streams for the healthcare providers.Erick A. Eiting, MD