WSET-TV in Roanoke, Va., recently profiled “Med Cottages,” created by N-2-Care as an alternative to nursing homes. The Med Cottages can monitor vital signs, tell a caregiver when an occupant falls and distribute medicine, among other functions.

N2Care founder Kenneth Dupin says the current nursing home capacity will only be able to address 20% of the coming baby boom wave, making the need for MedCottage an obvious one.

“Because of the finances of health care and because of the massive amounts of people… it’s going to do it either way. There’s no way that America can continue the way that we practice healthcare. There’s just no way,” Dupin said. 

 

Repertoire’s third installment of the Tomorrow’s Medical Practice series will profile another element to the baby boomer dilemma – physician office restructuring. Mainly, if physician offices are equipped to handle the varying needs of the patients and the increase in numbers.

Victor Hirth, MD, MHA, CMD, FACP, is the medical director, geriatric services, for Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, S.C., as well as medical director of LifeCare Center of Columbia, a long-term-care facility. “The major challenge for medical offices [trying to accommodate the elderly], as opposed to, say, pediatrics, is this,” says Hirth, who is also a member of the American Geriatrics Society’s practice management advisory board. “In the absence of disability, healthy children are pretty uniform in terms of their capabilities. But the heterogeneity among older people is tremendous.”

Look for Building for Boomers in the August 2010 issue of Repertoire.

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