SOLUTIONS FOR CAREGIVERS
Nearly 30% of our population of 15 years of age and over are acting as caregivers to the fastest growing segment of our society, seniors. There are not enough caregivers to meet the growing demand. Not only do caregivers need to do more, but they need to care for themselves too.
To meet the care needs of our aging population, it is projected that payors, including governments and private enterprises, will need $Billions over the next decade to care for their aging population, to care for caregivers, to pay for many of the currently unpaid caregivers.
The pressure on caregivers to provide reliable, consistent, persistent care is growing. Most caregivers are family members that give up work and their own daily activities to care for the lives of another. The sacrifice is enormous, but they need help too! It’s not easy for a caregiver to simply take a day off and that applies equally to a family member or professional caregiver. We previously addressed some of these concerns in our blog article on caregivers.
Some of the fastest growth industries include seniors residences and at-home caregiving agencies. They are experiencing rapid growth in an effort to meet current needs. There are still not enough residences nor caregivers to meet today’s need. So, how can we plan for the future?
The RxPense Helps Patients and Caregivers
While the RxPense was invented by Medipense to be the best pill dispenser for seniors, it now shows potential to become the best pill dispenser for caregivers! More features and technology to benefit patients, their caregivers, circle of care and even administrators, the RxPense provides the consistency, reliability and persistence needed to know that a patient is well cared for. Remote monitoring, telemedicine, voice biometrics and security, automated programming and loading, it notifies and follows up with patients when time to take their medications, confirms consumption and notifies caregivers when anomalies occur. It offers proof of dispensing via data and images stored securely in an audit trail, accessible via the Cloud, anywhere.
A caregiver or physician can follow-up with the patient by logging into their secure, cloud-based web portal, reading the data, making decisions, activating video or voice contact and making it easy for a senior to remain at home.
The RxPense for Homecare Agencies
Agencies which provide care for seniors in their home offer an invaluable respite for natural caregivers. Caregivers can work with these agencies to provide round the clock support for their loved ones. In addition, they allow a caregiver time to attend to their own family, children and work.
With the short supply of professional caregivers available to work at homecare agencies, attending to all their customer needs is difficult. So, how does one do more with limited resources? We take advantage of digital health and automation. The RxPense, when deployed to all those who can use it, reminds seniors to take their medications and guides them though consumption. Any missed doses are immediately reported and the homecare agency can visit the senior or video conference to determine the cause.
Caregiver stress is due to the emotional and physical strain of caregiving. Caregivers report much higher levels of stress than people who are not caregivers. Some caregivers may feel overwhelmed by the amount of care their aging, sick or disabled family member needs. Many feel an increased financial burden as caring for a loved one can be quite costly. Imagine the stress associated with medication non-adherence. Just one missed dose, incorrect dose or extra dose could have serious effects on their loved one.
Medications Delivered, On-time
Seniors are the largest per-capita consumer of prescription medications. Co-incidentally, they are also the most apt to deal badly with the requirements of scheduling, medication compliance and understanding the various medication interactions. Medication compliance in home settings, for seniors at home, to insure proper drug administration is a major unsatisfied need. As medication usage and life expectancy increase, and the shift towards more in-home healthcare proliferates, this need will only be accentuated. Caregivers are ready to help, but the stress of ensuring many seniors receive their medications on time, is overwhelming.
With the RxPense®, each time medications are ready, you are notified. When they are taken, you receive confirmation. If a dose is missed, the designated caregivers is notified. When refills are needed, the pharmacist is notified. Not sure if medications have been taken? The caregiver can login to the patient portal to review the detailed medication compliance listing.
The highest level of accessibility designed into each product and service we provide. No more fumbling around with packaging to open medications – RxPense® delivers on time, every time, in an easy to take, pre-opened package.
In addition to Seniors, other users for RxPense® are those under the age of 65 that need assistance in medication compliance – the infirm. This group includes individuals ranging from those taking multiple medications to those needing help remembering when to take their medication. Some of these individuals would include patients recovering from brain surgery, patients taking a drug cocktail to combat HIV/AIDS, or Parkinson’s Disease. The RxPense® can be a major help for caregivers and the homecare agencies who manage these patients.
Better Home Health Monitoring
Medipense is pushing the homecare technology envelope to facilitate the secure delivery of health-related services and information. Existing systems provide disparate sensors to monitor blood pressure, temperature, respiration rate, oxygen saturation, heart rate, weight and other life signals often with multiple mobile apps, tablets or independent devices. However, Medipense consolidates all these sensors and readings with a common user interface and adds automatic pill dispensing and an audit trail, telemedicine, video conferencing and secure communications capabilities to the equation.
RxPense® is a new generation device and online monitoring service featuring the latest communications and display technologies. It automates the dispensing of medications, through a patented process, to reduce the risk of medication non-compliance, prolong life and quality time spent at home.