Barrett, Walker: Don't depend on Washington for long-term care solutions

from McKnight's: 

Two high-profile private sector leaders entreated long-term care providers Tuesday to take control technological innovation and care delivery by the horns and not wait for the federal government to act.

“You hold the power in your hands. It's not in Washington's hands,” said Craig Barrett, chairman of the board of Intel Corp.

He along with David Walker, former comptroller general of the United States, were the keynote speakers during the general session Tuesday at the annual conference of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging in Philadelphia.

Barrett stressed that the Center for Aging Services Technology (CAST), the technology arm of AAHSA, develop a standard for electronic health records because the government has been slow to act on it.

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Older People Want To Use Technology To Help Them Remain At Home

Older adults want to use technology so they can age safely in their home. Family caregivers agree believing technology can ease some of the challenges of caregiving. Concerns such as cost to install and maintain equipment remain barriers for people 65-plus and for caregivers. These are the conclusions of two new reports, one from AARP and the other from the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA).

The AARP Foundation commissioned this report which examined the attitudes of people 65-plus and caregivers towards technology and found that both groups are concerned about costs. The study identified a willingness to try technology like home security services, sensors to detect falls and devices to regulate temperature, lights and appliances. But cost remains a factor with seventy-five percent of caregivers and eighty percent of those 65-plus willing to pay $50.00 or less per month for the service.

"The ground is fertile for the use of caregiving technology to flourish," said Elinor Ginzler, AARP Sr. Vice President for Livable Communities. "Almost nine in ten older Americans want to be able to stay in their own homes and they are willing to use technology that can help them do that. Cost, however, is the elephant in the room-how to pay remains a big obstacle."


A report issued by the National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care warns of a coming long-term care crisis and includes recommendations to advance long-term care reform in four areas: quality, workforce, technology and finance.

As we continue to look at this report, entitled “Isolation to Integration: Recommendations to Improve Quality in Long-Term Care,” today’s article details suggestions regarding technology.