The Charlotte Observer, spotlights SeniorBridge's expertise in empowering seniors with multiple chronic conditions to remain at home and out of the hospital
CHARLOTTE (September 14, 2010)
- SeniorBridge was spotlighted in a feature story on aging titled 'Aging with chronic ills, but without hospital visits' in the Charlotte Observer, the largest circulation newspaper in North and South Carolina. In the article, expert quotes from Dr. Eric Rackow discuss how the SeniorBridge model of care involving care coordination by social workers and nurses in the home improves the quality of life and health outcomes of seniors living with multiple conditions who are frequently hospitalized.
Below are key excerpts from the article, which published prominently online and in the print edition with two photos, followed by a link to full text of it.
Avoiding unnecessary hospitalization is the only way to get a handle on the health-care cost crisis, said Rackow, a New York University School of Medicine professor.
To do it, consumers and health care providers need better understanding of what works best for people who have heart disease, diabetes and other chronic medical problems.
"We have to help seniors manage their chronic conditions to keep them healthy and functional," Rackow said. "If you can dramatically reduce hospitalization rates and ER visits, the health care system saves money, and seniors are in better condition."
"We've not paid attention to this," he said. "People don't need to be in the hospital if we have provided the care coordination outside of the hospital."
That means having social workers and nurses who check on seniors and make sure they have the support, medicine and care they need to stay healthy and avoid a crisis that requires hospital care....
Now more than ever, we need to learn how to effectively care for the chronically ill, says Dr. Eric Rackow, CEO of SeniorBridge (www.seniorbridge.com), a business that coordinates care for people living at home.
To read the entire article, click here.
To learn more about SeniorBridge's track record in reducing hospitalizations and ER admissions among seniors, click here