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The ageing of the Swiss population is increasing the healthcare needs and costs. Both frailty and chronic diseases affecting older people reduce their ability to live independently. However, the vast majority of older people want to continue living at home, while having a quality of life and receiving the best healthcare services. In this context, new connected healthcare technologies can be a relevant solution to facilitate home care of older people. In this article, we present the issues related to these technologies and, more particularly, to what extent they could contribute to home care of older people and be a benefit for patients and family caregivers, but also for physicians and other healthcare professionals. Finally, the fears and risks associated with these technologies, and the importance of scientifically assessing their usefulness are discussed.
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Name: Revue medicale suisse
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Those unable to leave home without exceptional effort and support; patients (in this condition) who are provided with or are eligible for home health services, including medical treatment and personal care. Persons are considered homebound even if they may be infrequently and briefly absent from home if these absences do not indicate an ability to receive health care in a professional's office or health care facility. (From Facts on File Dictionary of Health Care Management, 1988, p309)
Nursing care given to an individual in the home. The care may be provided by a family member or a friend. Home nursing as care by a non-professional is differentiated from HOME CARE SERVICES provided by professionals: visiting nurse, home health agencies, hospital, or other organized community group.
Patient care provided in the home or institution intermittently in order to provide temporary relief to the family home care giver.
Community health and NURSING SERVICES providing coordinated multiple services to the patient at the patient's homes. These home-care services are provided by a visiting nurse, home health agencies, HOSPITALS, or organized community groups using professional staff for care delivery. It differs from HOME NURSING which is provided by non-professionals.
Information relating to itemized coding of procedures and costs associated with healthcare delivery, used as a means for tracking healthcare utilization, patterns of care, and treatment outcomes.
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