Can the Future of Healthy Aging Be at Home?
If you look around, you’ll probably notice that the U.S. population is getting older. In fact, one in five people will be retirement age by 2030. And the latest Health Trends Report, The Future of Healthy Aging, quotes the U.S. Census Bureau that three out of five people over the age of 65 manage two or more chronic conditions. “If we go back maybe 60 years or so, 40% of health care in America was delivered at home. Today it's only about 1% of care that is delivered at home,” Sree Chaguturu, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health, notes. “But when you ask people, especially seniors, ‘Where would you like to get care?’ Four out of five individuals say, ‘I would like to get care at home.’” The good thing is that while health care needs are growing for older adults, the options for value-based accessible local and at-home care services are expanding, as well.
In this Healthy Conversations episode, Dr. Chaguturu details different ways CVS Health is bringing care services directly into the neighborhoods of older adults. For instance, CVS’ acquisition of Signify Health is helping understand patients’ health risks with 2.5 million in-home evaluations, which it then shares with providers, primary care teams, and health plans. He concludes, “It's incredibly simple but fundamental. By just spending time in a patient's home, it really allows us to make sure that that patient is getting what they need, and it's customized for their particular health situation.”