Clinicians and Health Care Org. Leaders
LivingSmart is designed to give sustained reinforcement to the health improvement plan health care providers prescribe for their patients at home, in the community.
Health Professionals welcome resources that aid them in educating and guiding their clients in health-promoting and accident-preventing behaviors.
While the therapist focuses on active and passive exercises, mobility, small muscle coordination, and strengthening the client's ability to gain independence, other aspects may need attention . . . for one, nutrition management is necessary to healing.
The Home or Congregational Health Nurse intends to address the needs of clients wholistically . . .teaching about nutrition, exercise, coping with stress, and more is done during the 1-hour visit--when more pressing physical concerns do not crowd the visit time. After the nurse leaves the home, he/she is never sure that what is taught is put into practice . . . or if the client even comprehends the importance of a healthy wholistic lifestyle.
As the physician or nurse practitioner (be it any specialty) teaches, advises, instructs the patient/client in weight management, improved nutrition, sensible meal-planning, an exercise regimen that rolls back the risk of chronic heart, lung, vascular, or endocrine catastrophe, he/she realizes that if these admonitions are not reinforced through strategies in the home and between office visits, the hope of improved health and well-being may not be realized. And the patient returns in the same or a worse condition . . . potentially raising physical, mental, and financial costs.
LivingSmart and the assets offered from this website are designed to enhance the work of Health Professionals.
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Listen to the possibilities in these scenarios describing characteristics of adults 50+:
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Educated, Still-working Individuals in the 50-62 Age Range:
This population will be forward-thinking and planning for retirement in uncertain times. Their workplace may promote wellness or they may engage in wellness strategies on their own. Depending on their occupation, their social context, their education, they may be skilled at computer use and maintenance, internet exploring, even data gathering to suit personal objectives. They may examine various wellness “tools” on the web and look for ease of use, depths of challenge, quality of function. Their interests may be:
- Keeping track of their health and lifestyle patterns periodically
- Weight management; perhaps even social groups of support
- Meal-planning and grocery list development
- Exercise tracking, tips, and joining social exercise groups
- Though mobile, they may still wish to support local grocer and welcome online shopping and grocery delivery.
If long-term goals and preparations are pitched to them re growing need for the expandable features of LivingSmart, they may build that into their retirement plans.
Some may already have emerging chronic diseases: obesity, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, respiratory decline and have great need for LivingSmart now with its expandable features.
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Retired Individuals in Age Range of 63-75:
This population may be relatively healthy and engage in gym activities and may not be so eager to learn how to track their exercise regimen, unless they were utilizing it earlier. May have varying levels of interest in this, but are amenable to coaching, particularly as they begin to experience mobility deficits.
Regarding meal planning and nutrition management, if they have reached the reality of greater need for independence at home and the declining institutional living spaces for them in the near future, they will be easily convinced that nutrition management and food safety are important to them. With assistance from family, health care providers, and neighbors they will be able to manage a computerized system that affords them:
- Larger-than-normal screen content viewing
- Color contrasts and clear sound
- Brief number of clicks (no more than 3) to the function they desire
- Step-by-step instructions-preferably by sound
This population will begin to depend on “minders” re their health-related routines: medications, food safety, hygiene in the kitchen, periodic inventory of perishables. Other household tasks such as trash pick-up, water softener recharge, lawn care, certain bill payments, medical appointments, home visits by health care providers, etc. will be welcome.
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Individuals Receiving Home Care Services:
This population may be receiving nursing, therapy, social services, physician services in the home or nearby offices on an episodic or long-term basis, due to aging or acute or chronic disability. They may be on any part of the age spectrum. LivingSmart may be incorporated in the plan of care to reduce professional visit expenses and promote independence. Any or all of LivingSmart's features might be used.