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Homecare Technologies

The Thorne Group is pleased to offer additional ways to monitor and support patient health and safety. Telehealth Monitoring, medication dispensers and personal emergency response units provide additional peace of mind for patients and loved ones.

These devices are especially helpful when the patient lives alone.

Telehealth Monitoring

Telehealth monitoring has been proven to reduce unnecessary visits to the physician, emergency care and hospital readmissions, all of which means better health, greater patient satisfaction and improved quality of life.

Telehealth monitoring is the collection and review of patient data for the purpose of health supervision and management. Monitoring of health status, activities and symptoms takes place through an easy to use modem, plugged into a telephone jack.

Daily and as-needed measurements can be made of heart rate, blood pressure, weight, oxygen saturation, and blood glucose levels.

How It Works

The telehealth monitoring devices are simple and easy to use. The patient takes his vital signs and other data as ordered by the physician (blood glucose levels, weight, oxygen saturation) and with the touch of a button, the readings are sent to the Care Center.

A team of clinicians and Care Center representatives monitor these readings. If the readings are not in line with the expectations set in the care plan, the patient is contacted to ensure they are ok.

A nurse will visit the patient if needed or emergency personnel may be contacted.

If the Care Center does not receive a patient's vital signs within a specific time frame, according to their care plan, the patient is called and given a reminder to take their vital signs.

Patient data collected and reviewed in this way on a daily basis helps our nurses determine whether the patient may need nursing or physician intervention.

Candidates for Monitoring

Patients who are good candidates for monitoring are identified by The Thorne Group and are usually those with

  • Repeated hospitalizations or ER visits for chronic conditions
  • Any condition requiring frequent monitoring or tracking of vital signs to assist in clinical management (congested heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, COPD)
  • Chronic care needs which can be monitored at home, thereby preventing admission to long-term care facilities
  • Dietary and medication changes requiring frequent monitoring

The Benefits of Telehealth Monitoring

The benefits of telehealth monitoring are considerable.

  • Monitoring encourages patient self-management by reinforcing positive behavior and lifestyle changes.
  • The patient and concerned family members have peace of mind that a health professional is monitoring patient vital signs on a daily basis and communicating important information to the physician.
  • Patient and caregiver participate in the plan of care, improving outcomes.
  • The use of telehealth monitoring has been proven to decrease hospitalization and ER use.

Cost and Payment Options

Currently, Medicare-eligible patients who meet the selection criteria will be provided telehealth monitoring at no cost. Patients not covered by Medicare have the option of being monitored for a fee.

Medical Alert-Personal Emergency Response Units

These systems provide subscribers with a way to call for help if they are injured or become ill and cannot get to a phone. Any older person who has a history of falls or has a medical condition that might require urgent medical attention should have a medical alert system.

These systems provide fast access to help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are easy to use. The subscriber presses a small button that is worn around the neck or wrist. The signal is sent to an emergency response center. Trained personnel answer each call promptly and summon the appropriates assistance (family, neighbor, ambulance).

These features allow the subscriber to continue an independent lifestyle, assured that help is close at hand. The Medical Alert System offers peace of mind to the family and friends of the subscriber.

Automated Medication Dispensers pills

Automated pill dispensers provide a way to help seniors better manage their medications. It is estimated that at least 55% of older adults do not take medications as prescribed by their doctor. Likewise, it is estimated that 30% of all hospital admissions for people over 65 are directly related to medication noncompliance.

These easy-to-use pill dispensers provide a way to help seniors take the right medications at the right time. The device alerts the patient with an audible alarm and flashing lights when it is time to take their medication with an audible alarm and flashing lights. The locked device automatically dispenses a dose of medication at predetermined times and contacts a 24 hour care center if the medication is not taken from the dispenser. The device will call the patient to make sure they are ok, and if there is no response, their contact person will be called. Medication Dispensing Services helps reassure family members and caregivers that their loved one will get the right medication at the right time.

For more information, please see www.monitoringcare.com.

Additional Home Care Services

Telehealth Monitoring is just the start. The Thorne Group has assembled an array of customized and affordable home caregiver services from which to choose.

From skilled nursing to home health aides, personal care, and even light housekeeping, we offer the services you need.

Visit our Home Care / Private Duty page and our Distant Caring page to learn more.

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It’s like having
a nurse looking after me every day in my own home. 

 

Three important ways in which telehealth monitoring improves the quality of life for many agency patients.

  • Peace of mind
  • Fewer hospitalizations
  • Stabilization of chronic health conditions

During the first week of telehealth monitoring at The Thorne Group, a chronic congestive heart failure patient transmitted her daily vital measurements for review by one of the agency’s skilled nurses.

Blood pressure and weight data for a given day were identified as abnormal by the telehealth monitoring system and a warning posted in the patient’s file -- the patient’s blood pressure was elevated and her weight had increased by three pounds over the previous day.

Even though a skilled nursing visit was not scheduled, our nurse made one to determine if intervention was necessary. During the visit, our nurse discovered that the patient was incorrectly taking her fluid-elimination medication. She reviewed the correct dosage information with the patient. When the patient’s vital signs were monitored the following day, all had returned to normal.

Because our nurse was able to view the patient’s data on a daily basis, to monitor the abnormalities in vital signs and to intervene at the earliest sign of a problem, a hospital stay was averted for this patient who had been hospitalized many times for this same health issue. As the patient says, “It’s like having a nurse looking after me every day in my own home.”

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