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The RxPense Hub as a Critical Component of the Modern Seniors Residence, Assisted Living Facility and LTCF

Medication non-adherence is a major problem, worldwide. Seniors residences and Assisted Living Facilities, including Long Term Care Facilities, are far from being immune to this problem.

In this paper we examine some possibilities that will allow residences of all types to reduce costs, increase revenues and provide a better client experience through the adoption of innovative new technologies of the IoT and particularly the RxPense® Hub, a medication dispensing, management and remote monitoring system developed by Medipense.

The Problem

Medication non-adherence is a not new problem. It is well defined and well understood by health care professionals in all sectors. A horrendously costly problem, both in monetary and in quality of life terms. Yet the problem not only persists, it is getting worse as a result of our aging population.  “Aging” has the double impact of more people taking complex medication regimens for a host of chronic ailments and diseases and more people being challenged by the natural attributes of aging such as mild cognitive impairments and short-term memory deficits. Unfortunately, when cognitive impairment becomes more than “mild”, or when medication regimens become complex, full time assistance with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living[1] (IADLs), including the consumption of medications, becomes mandatory.

This environment, including the medication non-adherence issue, has been a significant contributor to the rapid growth in senior’s residences and Assisted Living Facilities over the last decade or more. Thousands of residences in North America alone, averaging 100 seniors per residence cannot keep up with the support required for our growing population of seniors – the fastest demographic in the world.

Additionally, as residents continue to age, their need for assistance continues to increase. Assistance with Instrumental activities of daily living are complemented with assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)[2]. Indeed, some facilities draw the line at the differentiation between these two service-levels and require clients to move to higher level care facilities when they require assistance with Activities of Daily Living.

It is worth noting that proper medication adherence would certainly postpone the inevitable transition from “independent” to “assisted” living. Study after study have confirmed the desire for seniors to remain at home and independent longer. Government and payors around the world all realize the benefits of keeping seniors at home or residence longer. Residence owners are rapidly realizing the cost, quality and strategic benefits to keeping seniors independent, happy and healthy. Keeping seniors out of hospital by preventing re-admissions due to medication non-adherence is an important goal.

This paper explores several of these concepts and presents a cost-benefit analysis to help you, the residence owner decide if the RxPense® is the best pill dispenser for your residents.

[1] Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) are the complex skills needed to successfully live independently. These skills include the following: Managing finances, transportation (driving or navigating public transit), shopping and taking medications.

[2] Activities of daily living (ADL) are routine activities that people do every day. There are six basic ADLs: eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring (walking) and continence.

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