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Living alone in San Diego, 78-year-old Sara was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes right before the United States shut down in March due to COVID-19. Thousands of miles away in Savannah, GA, her daughter Michelle started to worry about how Sara would manage her condition. “She’s generally a self-sufficient woman, but who would monitor her blood sugar levels when she couldn’t get to the doctor?” Michelle said.
Sara’s been taking her prescribed medication, but hasn’t visited her doctor yet because she’s still fearful to venture outside during these uncertain times. When Michelle recently heard about a service called At-Home Health Monitoring from Community Wellness, she jumped at the chance to sign her mother up.
After a quick consultation with a Community Wellness doctor, Sara received her At-Home Health Monitoring Kit in the mail, which included a Bluetooth-enabled blood glucose monitor, blood pressure monitor and digital scale. A week later, Sara received her monthly wellness check-in – right at home -with a licensed doctor who was able to review her daily glucose readings on the Community Wellness app.
Equally important for Sara was knowing that the monitoring devices and monthly check-ins with a doctor were all covered by Medicare B and came at no additional cost to her family.
Community Wellness was born out of the desire to help patients feel more comfortable managing their chronic conditions without visiting their doctors or a hospital in-person. During challenging times like these, the At-Home Health Monitoring service provides easy access to personalized medical devices and the professional support necessary to help stay healthy.
“It’s a great complement to my mom’s primary care because it supports her need to monitor her glucose level every day. Evaluating mom’s ongoing blood sugar levels gives her Community Wellness doctor a clear picture of her overall health and wellbeing. It’s a perfect preventative measure,” Michelle said.
Whether you’re watching over the health of a parent like Michelle, or watching over your own wellbeing, Community Wellness will empower you, help guide you and give you peace of mind.
HERE ARE CRUCIAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS THAT WILL SHOW YOU THE WISDOM OF BEING A COMMUNITY WELLNESS MEMBER – OR SIGNING UP A LOVED ONE.
WHERE IS COMMUNITY WELLNESS’ AT-HOME HEALTH MONITORING SERVICE AVAILABLE?
The Community Wellness At-Home Health Monitoring service is currently offered throughout California, with plans to expand to additional states in 2021.
DO I, OR SOMEONE I LOVE, HAVE TO BE AT LEAST 65 YEARS OLD TO JOIN COMMUNITY WELLNESS?
At this moment, yes, because the At-Home Health Monitoring service is associated with Medicare. Community Wellness also plans to offer the service to everyone under 65 shortly.
DO ALL MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT PLANS COVER COMMUNITY WELLNESS’ AT-HOME HEALTH MONITORING SERVICE?
Most of them do, except Medicare Advantage. If your supplement plan doesn’t cover it, you will still get the devices you need, but would pay a $19.99 monthly fee for your doctor visit. Otherwise, the devices and virtual doctor visits have zero cost.
WHAT DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE?
1. Blood pressure cuff
2. Digital scale
3. Pulse oximeter that measures the oxygen levels in your blood
4. Non-contact infrared thermometer
5. Portable heart monitor to get an EKG
6. Blood glucose monitor
*These are FDA-approved, high-quality devices that provide reliable results and have excellent reviews.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
First, visit the Community Wellness website (www.communitywellness.com) and click the “Get A Free Consultation” button on the homepage. You’ll have a short consultation with a Community Wellness enrollment counselor to answer a few quick questions, and then be introduced to one of the Community Wellness’ licensed doctors.
After answering a few key medical questions, the doctor will prescribe the Bluetooth-enabled devices that fit your health and wellbeing needs. Community Wellness also will arrange a future call to help set up your devices and have your first doctor visit.
DO I, OR MY LOVED ONE, NEED TO BE TECH SAVVY TO USE THE COMMUNITY WELLNESS APP?
All you need is a smartphone to set up the Community Wellness app that connects to your devices. If you require extra help, you can use the quick start, how-to guide on the app. You can also call a dedicated customer support line to guide you through the set-up process, which can be found on the Community Wellness website.
WHAT ARE THEIR QUALIFICATIONS OF THE DOCTORS CURRENTLY IN THE COMMUNITY WELLNESS NETWORK?
The Community Wellness doctors are all licensed physicians in California with telehealth experience. They are recruited from practices throughout the state.
Every Community Wellness doctor is qualified to prescribe the devices patients need and provide medical advice. Each doctor must meet stringent criteria to become a Community Wellness healthcare provider, including number of years in practice, specialization, and years in telehealth.
“Patients are telling me that Community Wellness gives them the ability to thrive with deeper doctor interactions and connections, personalized plans and connected devices that track their health in the safety and convenience of their homes. It’s their moment to take control of their wellbeing and be empowered by the trackable insights,” said Dr. Jesus Saucedo, Community Wellness Chief Medical Officer.