Home Health News Roundup: Week of August 11 – 17

Senior Care Technology the Antidote to Killer Side Effects of Loneliness from Aging in Place?

Senior Housing News

Loneliness comes with killer side effects for some aging-in-place seniors, but certain technologies geared toward social engagement may provide an antidote, senior care technology developers say.  Read more 

U.S. Should Make ‘Life-Long Homes’ A Priority, Says Henry Cisnerors

Kaiser Health News

What will it take for Americans to age successfully in place? This question has immediate importance for policymakers and families as an estimated 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 years old every day. It’s the subject of a new book, “Independent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America,” authored by more than a dozen leading aging and housing experts and co-edited by Henry Cisneros, a four-term mayor of San Antonio and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read more

U.S. News: 10 Things Aging Americans [Should] Want for a Better Retirement

Senior Housing News

Aging in place is a focal point of a list of ten improvements—which includes home-based healthcare, universal design, and more geriatricians—that aging Americans will want or eventually need as the older population continues its rapid expansion ,according to U.S. News: Money. Read more

CMS Adds Three More Healthcare Organizations to its Pilot Telemedicine Program

Health Tech Zone

Telemedicine is becoming so popular that even the government is doing it. Originally conceived as a way to monitor astronauts’ health in space, it’s now moved decidedly earthward and is bringing many benefits and rewards by caring for patients away from the hospital. Read more

 

Home Health News Roundup: Week of July 14 – 20

Care Transitions Program Shows Home Health Care “Highly Effective” in Reducing Rehospitalizations

Home Healthcare News

A collaborative effort among hospitals, home health agencies, and a Medicaid-managed care program in upper New York has been successful in reducing hospital readmissions, according to a new report. Read more

 

Home Health Care Goes High-Tech

The Asbury Park Press

New technology is making it possible for more care to be administered from home. Read more

 

Home-Based Care Teams Offer Help for Patients With Dementia

U.S. News Health

New research suggests coordinated home healthcare efforts for patients with dementia can improve quality of life and delay the need for nursing home care. Read more

 

Home Monitoring Device Market Surge to Keep Seniors at Home 

Home Healthcare News

The market for in-home health monitoring services is expected to grow from fewer than 3 million to more than 36 million units over the next five years, according to forecasts from ABI Research. Read more

 

Hospitals’ readmission rates still too high, government says

The Washington Post

Despite government efforts and the threat of financial penalties, hospitals are making little headway in reducing the frequency at which patients are readmitted. Read more

 

HHS: Health law project will cut state costs in major programs

The Hill’s Healthwatch

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says a new project under the Affordable Care Act will improve care and cut spending in the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Read more