Five Ways to Ensure Quality Eldercare While Reducing Costs

Mobility in Healthcare

The eldercare industry is undergoing a radical transformation. Today people are living longer lives and the elderly want to spend their final years living at home. In addition, some governments are managing rising healthcare costs by encouraging elders to live at home longer. Healthcare providers are also challenged with keeping healthcare affordable and are looking to new technology advances to provide support.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), global life expectancy has increased six years1. And life expectancy is projected to continue to increase because of improvements in healthcare, medicine, and living conditions. In Germany, the number of people living longer at home, but still needing care, is expected to grow 22%, to more than two million people in the next five years.

While the world population is aging rapidly, there is a massive shift in technology. Connectivity via the Internet is growing rapidly, for example in the United States it rose dramatically from 9% in 1995 to 84% of the population in 20143. By 2017 the number of mobile phone users is forecast to reach 4.77 billion.

One of the biggest shifts in technology is with elderly who are going online more and moving to mobile phones quicker than past generations. In fact, the elderly spend more time on tech than any other generation. For example, 68% use more than one device: phone, tablet and/or computer.

The demand for healthcare is growing due to the aging population but then we have governments pushing back on spending as healthcare gets more expensive every year. How to provide seamless, integrated communications for elderly living at home or in a long-term care facility? To take that one step further, how can you deliver a personalized and quality care experience, while at the same time reduce costs?