Home Health Demand on the Rise
By David Fetterolf, Stratus Video President
In the United States, we have reached an era in which our senior citizens are living longer and healthier lives. The accelerated growth of the senior population is also on the rise with approximately 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day.
Such longevity and growth is projected to increase the demand for long-term care, especially for seniors in their 80’s and older, when the rates of dementia and other mental and physical illnesses begin to rise at a rapid rate.
The majority of elderly people prefer their independence over relocating to assisted living centers or moving in with relatives. Lack of affordability for assisted living services also comes into play, as Medicaid continues to place limitations on long-term institutional health care for elders.
As a result, the aging population finds itself relying more and more on home care. As more people are aging at home, the demand for support services increases, including home health agency services.
As the demand for home health services has risen, so has the number of limited English proficient (LEP) individuals in the United States. The Migration Policy Institute reported a growth of 81 percent from 1990 to 2011 in the LEP population.
In an attempt to bridge the language barrier, health care providers, including home health agencies receiving federal funds such as Medicare and Medicaid, are required to provide interpreting services to LEP patients as well as translation services for any written content.
Stratus Video offers several solutions that are ideal for facilitating communication in the realm of home health. Our video remote interpretation (VRI) product Stratus Video Interpreting connects patients and providers with medically qualified interpreters over secure video. For more delicate conversations, home health staff can request local medically qualified interpreters to come on-site via our geolocation app Stratus InPerson.
Contact us to learn how our language access solutions can better enhance home health services for your LEP patients.