Care coordination has tangible benefits for patients across the spectrum of care specialties, and especially for geriatric care.
Yet a recent survey conducted by CareMore Health, in collaboration with Harris Poll, found that a majority of senior citizens do not have access to proper care coordination, despite being at heightened risk for complications.
In fact, 70% of the 1,000 individuals surveyed reported either having a family member coordinate their care, or having no care coordination at all. In a press release, Dr. Sachin H. Jain, president of CareMore, spoke to the importance of care coordination for the geriatric population:
Navigating the health care system is inherently challenging and is even more perplexing for seniors, as many suffer from chronic diseases like heart disease, hypertension and diabetes, and are at high risk for complications. It’s important that we engage patients by providing access to a comprehensive health care team and services, to enable access to optimal care and coordination.
Aging often means seeing more providers and specialists as health issues compound. Proper care coordination is essential to ensuring that geriatric patients receive the quality of treatment that they need.