Older adults with complex care needs want to live as independently as they can for as long as they can, and limit stress on family caregivers. Telehealth strategies offer the potential to improve access to care and the quality of care, while reducing strain on family caregivers. For health care systems, home telehealth may help address the challenge of rising costs. Though limited today, home telehealth is likely to be implemented more widely as policy makers reduce regulatory barriers and providers focus on improving telehealth strategies to meet the needs of families.
This Insight on the Issues discusses the promise of home telehealth services to improve care for older adults and identifies some of the challenges to and concerns about its widespread adoption. It provides recommendations for providers and policy makers to consider as they develop programs and reimbursement strategies for telehealth.