Questions to Ask When Considering Remote Monitoring or Alert Systems

Passive remote monitoring systems are game-changers when it comes to the safety and health of residents. These systems are built around discrete, often environmentally embedded sensors (typically motion, depth, and pressure sensors) that are connected to a powerful computer system that can detect falls, illnesses, and other emergencies.

However, today’s remote monitoring tools are about much more than detection of emergencies. The most advanced passive monitoring systems also proactively warn staff when a resident is at increased risk of an emergency or health problem. Powerful artificial intelligence continuously learns about resident behavior and improves its pattern recognition, thus allowing it to detect deviations from norms that indicate an increased risk of falling or becoming ill, and alert staff so preventative measures may be taken.

The preventive capabilities of passive remote monitoring systems are a revolutionary advance in healthcare technology for senior living. Thinking of investing in new or upgraded care technology? Here is a list of questions for organizations and communities considering remote monitoring technologies or alert systems. The answers to these questions should guide you to the product category that makes the most sense based on your resident’s needs:

• What safety technology is currently used at your community or organization? What aspects are working well, and what aspects are holding your care back or are less than ideal?

• What are your goals for an upgraded health monitoring system?

• What technology will help make your community or organization most attractive to future residents?

• Which solution best suits your average level of care or resident acuity?

• Which solution is most scalable and best fits into your future development plans?

• If your organization operates rehabilitation facilities, will this solution improve or impede your chance of qualifying to join an accountable care organization (ACO) partnership?

• Have there been instances at your community when residents received delayed assistance after a negative health event? If so, what technologies could have made a difference?

• What is the cost of a fall to your community?

• Which solutions allow you to provide the best resident care and quality of life?

While its technical considerations mean that passive remote monitoring may not be for every community, its potential to improve resident quality of care and quality of life mean that it’s a technology every senior living community seeking to offer the highest quality standards should explore.

Have you considered passive remote monitoring for your community?

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