As a foundational component of good health, a well-timed visit to the doctor regarding annual checkups and/or chronic conditions works wonders – or it used to. When you’re not feeling well, you put in a call to your physician, an appointment is made, you show up for an exam, your doctor diagnoses/treats you, and you’re on your way (possibly with a prescription or further treatment suggestions). But COVID-19 threw a wrench into the tried-and-true practice of doctor visits.
For adults 55 and over, however, medical attention is frequently needed in a hurry. Fortunately, a lot of medical care for seniors is now accessible through telehealth.
Telehealth and 55+ Adults
Though the advantages of telehealth are far-reaching and apply to everyone, telehealth solutions brought particular benefits to older adults. To consider all of the options, however, adults who may be somewhat resistant to technology and new things must find a way to become comfortable with it. This has proven a huge hurdle for some.
A poll was taken which determined that although approximately 50% of adults 55 and over are willing to try telehealth, fewer than 1% of them actually had. If more retirement-age adults realized the opportunities and benefits to be enjoyed through taking advantage of telehealth, more people in the retirement age community will take up this option.
Encourage your aging loved one to use telehealth. Use it with them the first few times so they can get used to it and feel more comfortable. You, yourself, may choose to use it for any health concerns you have, or for those of a different family member.
So very popular is telehealth that today there is an opportunity to engage in it for the health and welfare of your pet! Some veterinarians now participate in telehealth. Vet telehealth can be particularly useful for retirement age adults because many enjoy the companionship of a pet in their home. This way, they may be able to avoid dragging their beloved pet out to the local veterinarian (which isn’t always close by).
Benefits of Telehealth
Though there are several benefits to be enjoyed through the use of telehealth, here are some of the standouts – particularly where older adults are concerned:
- Medical care is available from anywhere
- Crises have been lessened
- Monitoring is possible in real time
- Germ exposure has been greatly reduced
- No more hassles with transportation
- Chronic health management (prescription renewal and more) has been made easier
Health Is a Priority at Rittenhouse Village At Michigan City
Residents at Rittenhouse Village At Michigan City can take full advantage of our ever-present medical team. Our first and foremost concern is the health, happiness, and well-being of your aging loved one. At any time of day or night, should they need it, appropriate medical care is at their fingertips.
To help your loved one stay healthy, we provide numerous programs such as our Dimensions Health and Fitness program which focuses on physical, medical, intellectual, spiritual, social, and emotional wellness through exercise classes, spiritual gatherings, educational opportunities, and more.