By 2020, 17% of the U.S. population will be 65 or older. According to the AARP, 90% of these seniors hope to age in place in their own homes. As healthcare costs continue to rise, healthcare professionals and government agencies are also looking for ways to make care more affordable. All of these factors have led to an increase in home-based healthcare offered by providers like Graceworks at Home.
In fact, a study by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation estimates that a greater reliance on home healthcare will not only provide better patient outcomes, but could potentially save $10.3 billion in healthcare costs over a ten year period due to a reduction in hospital re-admissions.
These benefits have led to an increasing interest in leveraging technology to help reduce costs and improve outcomes even further. Technology is making real-time communication between doctors and patients easier than ever before. Many patients now have access to test results online, where they can also view a list of medications and renew them as necessary. These tools make it much easier for multiple medical professionals to share information when they treat a patient, reducing potential errors through miscommunication.
More home health agencies are also entering the market, so it’s now easier to find the right one for your needs. These agencies employ skilled medical professionals who can provide rehabilitation, IV therapy, wound care, and many other services directly in the home while easily sharing information with referring doctors and patients.
Changes like these are reducing objections to home healthcare, and leading to an increase in demand for these services. Are you interested in exploring how home-based healthcare can help or a loved one? Discover more about your options by visiting Graceworks at Home.