Family 411: Going high tech for less stress

Family 411: Going high tech for less stress (WSYX)

Some nursing homes have gone high tech to keep your elder mom or dad from the stress of repeated hospital visits.

WSYX's Tara Morgan walks us through how a doctor can be at their bedside, and not even in the same state in this Family 411 Report.

Good old-fashioned bedside manner mixed with the digital age.

"I have a resident that is complaining of shortness of breath."

Doctor David Chess is paying William Philips a visit.

Rolled in to a nursing home room, while hundreds of miles away at his home office.

"Could you show me where it's hurting?"

Telemedicine connects doctors with your elder relative any time of night.

"Sort of like talking to the doctor on the phone."

Founder of Triplecare, Doctor Chess, says the standard of care is a leap up from a phone call.

"Getting the doctor to the bedside when a patient was ill would make an enormous difference in people's lives."

Doctors walk nurses through an exam, they can even listen in on the stethoscope.

"The focus is on. What we need to do safely, take care of the one individual."

Nurse Denise Brown says the more an elder visits a hospital the increased changes for a relapse.

A diagnosis from a distance.

"I was sleeping on my left side, that would explain it."

At 83-years-old, William has a heart health history.

"I would have been happier, I supposed, if the doctor had been here, but how long would it have taken him to get here?"

The doctor's bedside manner is the same.

The difference is having the advantage of keeping an elder where they're most comfortable.

Dr. Chess says the service is offered at nursing home facilities in eight states with the hopes of adding three more states before the summer.

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