SDUT: Meals on Wheels tests high-tech health checks for seniors


 

 

 

By Paul Sisson

Just after he finished delivering a meal to 70-year-old Anne Stillman of Vista, a question popped up on Christopher Topper’s smartphone screen.

Before getting into his truck to head to his next delivery, the Meals on Wheels courier took just a second to respond to the query.

“The app asks me if there is a change in condition, meaning, is there anything that needs to be reported about her wellness? Anne looks great, I’m going to hit ‘no’ and, boom, on to the next client,” Topper said just before sliding back behind the wheel.

That quick tap puts Meals on Wheels on the edge of a revolution in health care that seeks to take action on potential problems in homes before seniors end up in the back of an ambulance.

This kind of work, experts say, is becoming more vital as baby boomers enter retirement age and advances in health care mean that their parents have a better chance than ever of celebrating their 100th birthdays…

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