Embracing Chronic Disease Day: A Journey Through Life’s Challenges and Triumphs

By |Published On: July 3rd, 2024|

Chronic diseases are like uninvited guests that can linger for months, years, or even lifetimes — shaping the daily lives of so many. It’s important that we don’t just acknowledge statistics — like the staggering 80% of senior adults managing at least one chronic condition — but that we celebrate the resilience, strength, and unwavering spirit of those who navigate these challenges daily. Chronic diseases, defined as illnesses lasting three months or longer, have become a significant part of life for many Americans. These conditions are often incurable and require ongoing management.  

As of 2024, approximately 60 million Americans face limitations in their daily activities due to chronic health conditions. 

Here we explore the hurdles and highlight the innovations transforming the landscape of chronic disease care, reflecting on the true essence of perseverance and hope. 

High Cost of Care
The financial burden of chronic diseases is a harsh reality for many patients. Chronic diseases often require more frequent visits to healthcare facilities, causing a significant increase in healthcare costs. Over 75% of all healthcare spending is directed towards treating chronic conditions. For those on Medicare, the situation is even more pronounced with 70% of beneficiaries having two or more chronic conditions, increasing costs even further. 

Coping with Physical Limitations
Managing chronic diseases often involves dealing with a range of physical symptoms, including those caused by medication side effects. These physical challenges can severely impact daily life, making it difficult to engage in regular activities and enjoy time with family and friends. Approximately 85% of Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions report having to navigate these physical limitations. Adapting to a new way of life to cope with these restrictions is one of the biggest challenges faced by individuals living with chronic diseases. 

Addressing Emotional Challenges
The impact of chronic diseases extends beyond physical limitations, as the realization that a condition may be lifelong can be daunting, leading to significant emotional distress. Patients often experience a range of emotions, including fear, denial, anger, and depression. The emotional toll of chronic disease management is a critical aspect that needs attention alongside physical symptoms. 

Managing Medications and Coordinating Care
For those with multiple chronic conditions, care can become complex and challenging to manage. These patients often see multiple specialists, who may not always coordinate effectively. This can lead to issues with managing multiple medications, where some drugs may interact negatively with others. Effective coordination is essential to ensure that patients receive the integrated comprehensive care they need. 

Innovations in Chronic Disease Care
In response to the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, the healthcare industry is innovating to improve patient care and outcomes. Here are some key developments: 

  • Value-Based Care Models: The shift towards value-based care has the goal of improving patient outcomes by focusing on quality of care, provider performance and patient experience. In this model, value refers to what patient’s value most, and coordinating their care delivery improves their experience and outcomes.  This approach ensures that healthcare providers are incentivized to deliver effective care that benefits patients in the long run. 
  • Patient-Centered Care: Emphasizing patient-centered care, healthcare providers are adopting models that offer comprehensive management of chronic diseases. This includes preventative care and education, which are crucial in managing chronic conditions effectively. 
  • Improved Care Coordination: Innovations in care coordination are helping patients manage their conditions better by providing tools and resources that facilitate seamless communication between healthcare providers and specialists. 

Improving Outcomes with GoMo Health
At GoMo Health, our Concierge Care® suite of services is designed to support these innovative healthcare models. Our patient-centered programs offer education, care coordination, and tools to help patients manage their conditions and connect with the right healthcare professionals when needed. By embracing these advancements and focusing on holistic care, we can improve the quality of life for those living with chronic diseases and reduce the overall burden on the healthcare system. 

To learn more about how Concierge Care can improve patient outcomes, schedule a personalized demo.

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