Elderly Emergency Medical Care

Elderly Emergency Medical Care

Firstly, Elderly Emergency Medical Care is quickly becoming one of the biggest challenges in the United States today. More Seniors are finding themselves in ER's for more than emergency issues. Especially those Seniors who live alone. Their access to easy medical care is limited. Seniors don't fare well in hospital settings as a rule. They can become easily disoriented, loose hope for recovery and withdraw from friends and family. There are many reasons why Seniors can actually be worse off from a short term hospital stay. Therefore, we at the Electronic Caregiver Company have made it our goal to keep as many at home safely as possible. The following is an excerpt from an article entitled Elderly Hospital Patients Arrive Sick, Often Leave Disabled. It deals with Elderly Emergency Medical Care. It was found on the Caregiver Space website: http://thecaregiverspace.org/
'Many elderly patients deteriorate mentally or physically in the hospital, even if they recover from the original illness or injury that brought them there. Elderly emergency medical care may be playing a hand in actually making them less well. Research shows about one-third of patients over 70 years old and more than half of patients over 85 leave the hospital more disabled than when they arrived. As a result, many seniors are unable to care for themselves after discharge. They need assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing or even walking. “The older you are, the worse the hospital is for you,” said Ken Covinsky of University of California. “A lot of the stuff we do in medicine does more harm than good. And sometimes with the care of older people, less is more.”'

In the Facility

'Hospital staff often fail to feed older patients properly. They fail to get them out of bed enough or control their pain. Providers often restrict their movements by tethering them to beds with oxygen tanks and IV poles. Doctors subject them to unnecessary tests. They prescribe duplicate or potentially harmful medications. Caregivers deprive them of sleep by placing them in noisy wards or checking vital signs at all hours of the night. Interrupted sleep, unappetizing food and days in bed may be merely annoying for younger patients. However, they can cause lasting damage to older ones. Elderly patients are far different than their younger counterparts. So much so, that some hospitals are treating some of them in separate medical units.'

The in-betweeners

Many seniors are already caught between independent living and reliance on others. They are weakened by multiple chronic diseases and medications. "One bad hospitalization can tip them over the edge, consequently, they may never recover." said Melissa Mattison; Chief of the hospital medicine unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. “It is like putting Humpty Dumpty back together again,” said Mattison. She wrote a 2013 report detailing the risks elderly patients face in the hospital. [caption id="attachment_991" align="alignnone" width="450"]Elderly Emergency Medical Care Elderly Emergency Medical Care is in more than just money[/caption]

Financial Impacts

'The research on the financial impact of elderly emergency care has been limited. However, a 2010 found that more than a quarter of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries had suffered an “adverse event”. Or they experienced harm as a result of medical care. Emergency medical care for the elderly doesn’t only impact their own budgets, but often their loved ones. Consequently it also impacts the government. Those events cost Medicare about $4.4 billion annually, according to the report. Physicians who reviewed the incidents determined that 44 percent could have been prevented. In addition, poor treatment in hospitals leads to needless medical spending on extended hospital visits. It also leads to readmissions. It leads to the need for in-home caregivers and nursing home care. Nursing home stays cost about $85,000 a year. And the average hospital stay for an elderly person is $12,000, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.'

Baby Boomers Aging

It is estimated that 10,000 Boomers turn age 65 every day in the United States. As a result, this situation in the health care industry will only grow in intensity. We understand the implications of an emergency room visit. We’ve developed our Electronic Caregiver system to help PREVENT falls. Our system warns responsible parties about missed meds. This system prevents the risk of no one knowing their Senior has fallen and is lying on a floor alone somewhere.

In conclusion, we want Seniors to get the help they need, as fast as possible. We want to reduce the chance of developing health issues they might have otherwise faced. We want to help them to age-in-place safely for as long as possible. It’s what we do and it’s what we do well. If one of your loved one is facing this reality you can do something about it today. Contact us. We save the lives other systems can't.
http://thecaregiverspace.org/elderly-hospital-patients-arrive-sick-often-leave-disabled/
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