Seniors healthcare cost are high and it is because Americans die sooner and experience higher rates of disease and injury than people in other countries. According to a new report found on the website of national academies a report shown from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, and shows that even college educated, higher incomes, and healthy behaviors are still sicker than others in the rich nations. This fact could have an influence on emergency room vests being one of the most expensive places to receive care. An emergency room visit averages in a price range of $1,318 for the uninsured and for people ranging in the age of 45-64, the cost is even higher. This is a surprising fact of emergency room visits are higher for the elderly. Emergency room visits contribute to skyrocketing cost in the American Healthcare system.
Older Americans make up approximately a quarter of all emergency visits this includes the patients that are sent from nursing facilities. The older Americans use the ER at a higher rate, and have longer stays in the hospital with more re-admissions. The combinations of multiple disorders complicated with the presence of cognitive disorders contribute to delays in accurate diagnosis which lead to more emergency room visits. This creates a domino effect for many older Americans/seniors. The improvement of transition from hospital to home of nursing facility can contribute to decreasing the number of hospitalizations’ and re-admission rates amid seniors in America. This is true in Florida, which has a very high older American population.
Florida seniors would benefit from a Geriatric ER. A Geriatric ER recognizes the need for care suited to the aging population and institutions in New Jersey, New York, Maryland and other states have launched the geriatric specific emergency room care. These specialized facilities take into account the changes relevant to aging persons, including the addition of nonskid floors, extra railings, and thicker mattresses to reduce bedsores. These facilities can create specialized care plans with the patient’s return to a nursing facility, assisted living or even home to enhance the role of the caregivers, nurses, and any other care provider where the senior lives and reduce the number of re-admissions of seniors. While the geriatric ER presents a step in the right direction, the outcome of these programs is still unclear.