Elderly people who have survived COVID19 still face a number of health issues in the near future. While the traditional healthcare sector is coming up with the various developments that cater to the unique needs of Coronavirus survivors, the Transitional Care Model provides a more immediate approach towards taking care of these individuals as they move back to the community.
Proven in multiple National Institutes of Health, the Transitional Care Model is a strategy that aims to improve the health and quality of life while reducing healthcare costs of hospitalized older adults.
The model focuses on delivering optimum healthcare solution for older adults by focusing on the following elements:
Older adults who have been diagnosed with COVID19 need to undergo screening consistently so that their health issues could be identified and communicated. A good screening tool should provide information on preexisting conditions, behavioral health, and cognitive assessment.
Moreover, caregivers and family members around the elderly also need to be screened as their presence directly impacts the elderly’s health.
Building and sustaining trust among older adults, caregivers, and other members of the team are extremely important, especially for the large number of older adults who have been hospitalized due to COVID19 and lack trust in the healthcare system.
Since severe restrictions in hospitalization visit and the maintenance of social distance after being discharged are encouraged, care team members and caregivers are relying on smartphones and video conferencing to establish a communication with older adults.
Improving Patient Engagement
Due to the COVID19 situation, most hospitals and healthcare workers are overwhelmed. Adding that to the fact that older adults are getting more severely ill and in-person contact is limited, it becomes difficult to provide patients with enough attention.
Integrating technology such as video conferencing, distant supervision, and monitoring system in the healthcare sector can help curb this issue by providing instant guidance and care from professionals.
Increasing Caregiver/Family Education
The Coronavirus situation has underlined the importance of caregivers and the need for patient monitoring. Patients who are discharged from hospitals have still a long way to go before they have finally recovered. Therefore, their post-hospital care needs to be addressed by experts.
Now that the COVID19 has us locked inside our homes, it is becoming increasingly difficult for caregivers to provide their services. Thus much of the care provided to the elderly are being delivered through telehealth. Although a large part of the population has not been able to access telehealth due to the poor internet stability and digital illiteracy, where telehealth is present, it has proven to be an effective alternative.