“I feel so safe knowing the VNA (Community Healthcare & Hospice) is watching out for me”
A patient reflects on her telemonitor service
At 83, she struggles each day from pain and discomfort from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), and Diabetes. She requires constant oxygen and has extreme difficulty leaving her home, only doing so for medical appointments.
But Lois doesn’t let it get her down; “I’ve had a full life and I was able to spend 50 years married to the love of my life,” her husband sadly past away a few years ago. She now lives with her son Carl and her delightfully peppy 4 year old Havanese dog named Jewel.
“This machine (Telemonitor) has been a great comfort… every day I check my oxygen levels and if they are off my nurse calls me to find out what’s going on. They give me special tips on how to relax my breathing and then my oxygen levels always go up and we are both happy!”
By monitoring her heart health, the wireless telehealth gives both Lois and her nurse daily insight into any cardiac health changes and her nurse will notify her doctor about changes in her condition and work with him or her to change treatment plans.
In addition to checking Lois’ oxygen levels the telmonitor checks, her weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and day-to-day well-being. The goal is to prevent a trip to the hospital. And all is stable right now for Lois.
“I can’t imagine not having my daily check-ins (with the telemonitor)… I like to know that I’m doing ok, and if I don’t feel right this machine can tell my nurse exactly what is wrong…. I am so grateful to have it and would recommend it to anyone like me,” states Lois.
We thank you, our donors for enabling us to help Lois and 559 other patients like her. Telemonitoring is the future of home healthcare and it is not an inexpensive service at $360 per patient the cost in fiscal year 2015 was $200,000. We could not do this without your support and generosity.
Telemonitors are NOT covered by Medicare or any insurance provider; your donations help VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice provide this lifesaving service designed to help patients just like Lois.