From monitoring for early signs of disease, through treatment and recovery, to managing long-term consequences, the continuum reduces the need for costly emergency department visits, inpatient hospitalizations and nursing home stays. As a result, this preventive approach can help seniors remain independent for a longer period of time.
So what key elements of the continuum of care can benefit older adults?:
1. Assessments. They are used to identify potential issues that could lead to a decline in health or function. The assessments may include medical, psychological and social factors such as diet, exercise, sleep and medication compliance.
2. Monitoring. Monitoring for early signs of disease can help identify issues before they become serious problems that require an emergency department visit or hospitalization.
3. Treatment and Recovery. Treatment may include medications and physical therapy, while recovery might include implementing strategies to prevent future episodes.
4. And last but not least, management of long-term consequences/chronic conditions.
Do you think such a preventive approach could prolong seniors’ independent living?
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