Meet Ted. Ted is a resident at the local assisted living community. Throughout the week he sees several care providers, including a dietician, a dialysis specialist, and a lab tech for regular vitals and occasional tests. He takes four medications. Ted loves music and takes part in regular music therapy sessions as well as daily piano hour in the lounge.
Just last week, Ted suffered a fall and had hip replacement surgery. He will now add to his regimen post-operative care as well as regular appointments with both a physical therapist and an occupational therapist. He will also add three medications.
Today, between his standard care and medications as well as his post-operative care and medications, Ted has six care practitioners tending to him and is receiving support in properly managing seven medications.
We all know that this is a typical case, and how easy it is for something to go array when there are so many variables.
In fact, results from a recent AARP survey of over 1,800 adults over the age of 50 show that 75 percent take a prescription medication on a regular basis, with an even higher percentage for those ages 65 and older. Of these, over 80 percent take at least two prescription drugs and over 50 percent take four or more.
What’s more, a 2016 Forbes article reports,”Nationally, older adults are in a health care setting 17 days a year, on average. Residents of Long Island and Manhattan, however, might spend almost 25 days in clinics, labs and hospitals. Patients with multiple conditions or dementia may see contact days double.” That’s a lot of care providers to manage.
One great way for all providers to stay in the know is a little-known technology that just emerged on the market: MyCooey. In one central and secure place, accessible online 24/7, all providers can access snapshots of all recent care activities, manage care in multiple locations, create comprehensive care plans and manage caregivers, residents and devices.
Technologies like this one set providers up for success in whole patient care. More than that, it sets Ted up for the ultimate success.