Is care coordination the most important step to take when it comes to protecting and improving the health of an aging adult? We believe it is because care coordination is the foundation of every other choice you make when helping an aging loved one. That’s what we do here at InnovAge, but no matter who helps you coordinate care for a loved one, researchers and the sheer number of care choices bears this out: you and your loved one will benefit from help.
For aging adults to maintain a level of independence, a number of resources should be put in place to keep them safe and healthy. Choosing the right ones is often difficult.
Finding and securing services needed to care for aging adults is complicated and time-consuming. There are many choices to make: medical care, personal care, transportation, mental health counseling and much more. Then there are basic needs: utilities and food. All are important. Depending on the mental and physical condition of your loved one, all or some will be necessary.
A recent study by the Rand Corporation says elderly “patients with chronic illnesses often face care that is poorly coordinated. They may see many different health care providers working in multiple clinical locations, and poor communication between provider and patient is common. These factors can lead to higher use of health services and poorer outcomes.”
While care coordination frequently reduces cost through better, more efficient use of health services, it also improves quality life for both the caregiver and their loved one, which leads to better health outcomes. Care coordination, Rand confirms, saves money and reduces hospitalizations. I don’t know anyone who wants to spend more time in the hospital.
This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical needs.