According to the Boston Business Journal, seniors make up nearly 13 percent of the population and are projected to account for about 20 percent of the population by 2060. Given the high demand, increased expense and the emphasis on patient-centered care, health care providers are being challenged to create new options for families who want to think differently and manage every aspect of their health care experience.
The integration of in-home service and technology is necessary to create cohesive and comprehensive aging-in-place solutions. Recent investor interest in the private in-home care (nearing $300M in 2016) produced new integrated models and innovative strategic partnerships. Although the ‘end game’ is not clear, the industry recognizes technology’s role in meeting the needs of future home care clients.
The Huffington Post calls Hurricane Matthew “the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade.” Matthew wrought widespread destruction and catastrophic loss of life during its journey across the Western Atlantic. With an estimated 2 million people affected in the Caribbean, CNN calls it the “Three Days of Terror.”
On September 2nd, the New York Times featured a story, written by Constance Gustke, about a couple struggling after the wife fell under the spell of early-onset Alzheimer's. The Times wrote, "He quit his job as a well-paid sales represenative in the printing industry and becamse his wife's 24-hour caregiver: dressing her, doing laundry and scheduling social visits with friends.
At HouseWorks we thrive on inspiration. Check out this article featured in Yahoo!Beauty about 80 year old body builder, Ernestine Shepherd. Below, we’ve listed a few of Ernestine’s keys to motivation:
The title of Dr. Dhruv Khullar’s March New York Times Well Blog post sums things up. Most Dangerous Time at the Hospital? It May Be When You Leave. We know the statistics—according to Dr. Khullar’s blog post, 20 percent of patients have a complication within three weeks of leaving the hospital and more than half of those complications could have been prevented or ameliorated.
This week marks ‘National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD)’ which inspires, educates and empowers families and health care providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD encourages patients to express their health care wishes and helps providers to listen for, understand and execute on those wishes. The theme for 2017 NHDD is "It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late."
NHDD inspired us to share innovative initiatives that help ‘start the conversation’.