Seniors around the world require improved care and community support to maintain their quality of life. The needs of this growing population is driving innovation in the delivery of person centered care. The Full Circle America home and community care program is one such innovation. Full Circle America links technology, people, and clinical processes in a holistic care setting that spans the care continuum.
In this interview, Dr. Alan Teel, the founder of Full Circle America, discusses aging in place, aging in community, and healthcare at home. Aging in place allows seniors to remain living and receiving care in their homes. Aging in community refers to a connection between seniors and valued aspects of their community, such as libraries, senior centers, companies that offer senior discounts, YMCAs, and churches. Aging in community also includes knowledge of and access to community services such as transportation, meal delivery, and volunteer opportunities. Healthcare at home refers to a broad range of health supports available to those who need care at home. Support could include chronic care management, disability support, mental health support, and post operative rehabilitation and recovery. Healthcare at home serves people of all ages.
Teel, an early pioneer of these innovative approaches to aging, describes his thirty years of experience enabling aging in place and community for his patients. Dr. Teel offers his insights into elder care and the Full Circle America care model. The Full Circle America model cuts costs of care and provides equity of access while improving health outcomes and quality of life for clients.
The outcomes of the Full Circle America care model include cost savings, increased access to care, and improvements in healthcare delivery, health outcomes, and quality of life for participants.