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How Patient-Centered Care Supports an Aging Population

Did you know that two-thirds of all people who have ever lived past 65 are alive today? One thousand years ago, a person’s average life expectancy was 25. In the year 1900, it was 47. In the past 100 years, it jumped exponentially to 79. (Source: agewave.com, United States Census Bureau)

Life Expectancy at Birth Over the Last 1000 years Chart

Now consider the fact that, according to AARP, over 70 million Americans ages 50 and older (four out of five older adults) suffer from at least one chronic condition, which Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tells us leads to a higher risk of being hospitalized. Even patients without chronic conditions often lack access to a primary care provider they know and trust, and who knows the patients’ medical history. This results in people flooding emergency and outpatient departments because they have nowhere else to go. 

Not only do older adults consume more time and resources in the healthcare system than younger patients, but they also experience more adverse outcomes, per a critical review done by the Internal and Emergency Medicine Journal. Prospero’s Medical Group President, Dr. Dave Moen, shared his story about Rose, a former patient early in his career who was a victim of the broken system

“The hospitalization was a trauma to Rose and likely the cause of her demise. And I put her in the hospital because I had no place else for her to go, even though, reflecting on it, that really wasn’t the best answer for her. That’s a powerful story because it’s not uncommon.” 

Howard Gleckman, author of Caring for our Parents and a board member of Suburban Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine, argues that we need to fundamentally rethink the way we provide care.

“I can’t help but look at many of our older patients and see the result of a failed health care system. People end up in hospitals because of infections or falls that didn’t have to happen, because they took the wrong pills, because of high blood pressure that should have been treated but wasn’t, or because they missed an important medical appointment simply because they couldn’t get a ride. None of those things should happen. Yet they do, all the time.

Accelerated need during the pandemic

Re-thinking how people receive care ties into a larger trend for the need for home-based medical care providers like Prospero, which experienced accelerated growth during the pandemic. Prospero responds to a failure in the broader healthcare system by immersing its care teams in communities to provide medical care to vulnerable patients in the home. Our model combines interdisciplinary teams and inventive technology to offer 24/7 support to people living with serious illness. The result: people in our care remain healthier, happier, and safer in the place they feel most comfortable: their home.

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Prospero’s physician-led, community-based teams extend the reach of primary care physicians and specialists by bringing an extra layer of support directly to their patients. We are always available for the urgent needs of the people we serve, and providers stay connected with their patients and receive up-to-date insights into their conditions. 

Our doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and 24/7 care support team are specially trained to serve people facing serious illness, and their families. We earn their trust through a holistic care model that reduces anxiety and unnecessary suffering. When a group of devoted experts are in charge of your most vulnerable patients, unexpected hospitalizations and readmissions are greatly reduced. Physicians focus on high-value interventions, hospitals are less inundated, and most importantly, patients receive the best care possible.

Want to learn more?

Give us a call anytime at 1-888-608-1741. Our team is available 24/7. With nearly 14,000 patients across 26 U.S. states and a satisfaction rating of 9.6/10, Prospero is the national leader in home-based medical care. Let’s serve these patients together, either by collaborating on a plan of care or allowing our expertise to augment your practice.


  1. AgeWave.com / How the Age Wave Will Transform Health, Longevity & Medicine with Ken Dychtwald https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsPPlDXyPpo&t=459s
  2. https://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/health/beyond_50_hcr_conditions.pdf
  3. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analysis of MEdical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2005
  4. https://hbr.org/2020/03/coronavirus-is-exposing-deficiencies-in-u-s-health-care
  5. Salvi, F., Morichi, V., Grilli, A. et al. The elderly in the emergency department: a critical review of problems and solutions. Int Emergency Med 2, 292–301 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11739-007-0081-3
  6. https://www.forbes.com/sites/howardgleckman/2017/04/19/how-health-systems-can-provide-better-care-for-seniors/?sh=155f5eb02db8

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