Caring for Parents This World Health Day

With expatriate postings, borderless teams and virtual collaborations becoming the norm, more and more Indians are exploring opportunities in other cities and countries. New experiences, new cultures and new communities are being embraced more than ever before, but the migratory wave that has presented itself has an indelible link to familial ties. Unlike earlier times, children moving to other parts of India or overseas now means that many elderly parents are left on their own, with little or no access to superlative healthcare.

A Look at Healthcare for the Elderly

By and large, the Indian healthcare sector is a fragmented mosaic that poses challenges to even the most seasoned patrons. A report published by State of Elderly in India in 2014 found that although India will be the youngest country by 2020, with a median age of 29 years, the proportion of elderly people will grow not long after. Likewise, a 2015 report by HelpAge India suggests that the elderly will compose 20% of the Indian population by 2050. Without reasonable socioeconomic policies, chances are, the demand for high-quality medical care will dwarf the healthcare ecosystem. With ballooning healthcare needs, there is a focused spotlight on making healthcare for the elderly more accessible.

Becoming a Virtual Caregiver

It is natural to feel burdened by guilt when you live halfway across the world from your ageing parents. Little things like lending a hand during a hospital visit or serving as a chaperone for a routine check-up become impossible tasks that you’re often forced to delegate to other family members. This is the thought that lent to the genesis of OurHealthMate’s virtual healthcare management suite. The program was designed with an endeavor to empower children living in distant cities, to manage their parents’ healthcare needs virtually. Encapsulating tailored check-ups, personalized health trends and care-at-home services, the program curates a monthly dashboard that provides virtual caregivers with a snapshot of the previous month. As a first-of-its-kind service in India, OurHealthMate has seen rapid traction, and carved a veritable niche in the virtual healthcare management space. And for good reason. If you’re teetering on the cusp of becoming a virtual caregiver, here are four reasons you should take the leap.

  • Peace of Mind

Managing your parents’ healthcare needs virtually can give you much-needed peace of mind and keep you posted on their progress at all times. By being a virtual caregiver, you can be present in spirit. You can also make decisions mindfully, after careful consideration of up-to-date medical metrics.

  • Curated Dashboards

OurHealthMate funnels every report, test and scan into a comprehensive dashboard that can be accessed from anywhere, anytime. A dashboard that allows you a month-on-month overview can be invaluable in considering treatment options in the long run.

  • Lower Local Dependency

It can be exhausting to always have to depend on local support within the city to help out with your parents’ health-related appointments. Managing healthcare needs remotely allows you to reign in your dependency and only lean on your support network in the event of an emergency.

  • Preemptive Trends

With the luxury of care-at-home check-ups, it’s easy to maintain a medical track record that can help preempt diseases and conditions in the future. High blood sugar, for instance, is sometimes a precursor to diabetes, so tracing it in advance can prepare you for the necessary steps ahead.

With OurHealthMate, you can break geographical boundaries and provide access to world-class care to your parents, all in the comfort of their home. Seek the best of both worlds by being a virtual caregiver.

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