Standard IT infrastructure usually consists of hardware that includes servers, computers, data centers, switches, hubs, and routers. It also includes software, which encompasses an array of applications, and networks that provide the access to the Internet. IT infrastructure also requires people to provide the planning, design, maintenance, and support for IT.
Today’s senior living spaces require a well-planned infrastructure that includes network-optimizing appliances and advanced wireless design to effectively and securely connect networks while also integrating voice, video, and data needs. Front-end UI/UX software development, sensor integration, server, storage and networking technology, advanced routing, and switching capabilities are also key for organizations that want to stay ahead of their competition and offer the highest levels of care and service. Continue reading “What Kind of Infrastructure Does Senior Living Need?”
Throughout their lives, baby boomers have been known for changing norms and revolutionizing the world. That will continue to be in their expectations for senior living. More than 10,000 baby boomers are flooding into retirement daily, and ultimately into senior living at some place in the senior care spectrum. They are accustomed to using technology to their benefit, and they will be expecting quality services that include all that information technology (IT) has to offer.
Senior living organizations that don’t keep up with these changes will face negative market implications, and won’t be in a position to survive in an increasingly competitive senior care environment. Senior living communities that recognize the importance of preparing for the baby boomers will require the infrastructure to support the technology that boomers are expecting from their senior living experience. Continue reading “Why Should Senior Living Communities Start Planning for the Future Today?”
Passive health monitoring is a system of interlocking technologies that provides more timely response to crises. In doing so, passive monitoring improves health outcomes for residents. Additionally, this system will allow senior living communities to experience a wide variety of business outcomes by increasing resident retention and occupancy.
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Today, there’s an alternative available that is smarter, more efficient and ultimately more effective than a traditional nurse call system. Passive health monitoring is a system of interlocking technologies that provides more timely response to crises. Passive health monitoring helps ensure seniors’ dignity and sense of independence and allows operators to more effectively manage staffing—one of the biggest cost centers in any housing operation.
Even given all the advantages of a modern passive health monitoring system and the possibilities enabled by AI, senior housing operators still must consider the business advantages before committing – just as they would with any new technology. As may already be apparent, there are numerous ways in which these solutions can contribute to the health of a senior housing operation’s bottom line. Continue reading “Business Advantages of Passive Health Monitoring”
By their nature, traditional nurse call systems are reactive. Not only do they only respond to an incident that has already occurred, these systems require residents to take specific action during a crisis (when their abilities might be diminished).
Monitoring via environmentally embedded sensors takes the notion of resident care, safety, and caregiver alerts to a whole new level. In passive health monitoring, AI is employed to gather and analyze information on a range of health indicators. Residents do not need to activate the systems. Staff can be entirely hands-off until an alert is registered. Just as information is collected automatically, AI software uses it to continuously create a dynamic picture of a resident’s vital information, analyzing data over time in order to learn the patterns indicative of wellness and those that may signify potential danger.
Given the powerful potential of this technology, there are many benefits to the resident, staff, family, and operators. However, the biggest win may very well be better clinical outcomes. With its potential for preventive care, passive monitoring offers the possibility of keeping residents out of the hospital and helping them to remain independent in their residences for longer. Continue reading “Preventive Care with Passive Health Monitoring”
Senior housing operators for many years turned to buttons, pull cords and other nurse call systems, as effective, but rudimentary, solutions to address seniors’ increased fall risk. Although workable in some ways, these systems have continuously fallen short in many important areas, including timeliness, capability, and productivity. Continue reading “Who Benefits From Passive Health Monitoring?”
In the past, alert systems have required residents to take specific action during a crisis (when their abilities might be diminished). These systems further, put a burden on caregivers to take a range of reactive measures to respond to a call. Depending on the circumstance, those measures might include a caregiver responding directly to a call. In some instances, it might involve the caregiver dispatching someone else. In turn, that person would need to either postpone an existing task or delay responding in order to finish an ongoing job.
Such active processes on the part of both the resident and the caregiver are altogether too much manual intervention. They are relics of inefficient systems with a lot of room for error, place an unwieldy burden on the resident, and add to staff members’ already heavy load. None of that is acceptable, especially when there are better, more technologically sophisticated solutions available. Continue reading “Passive Health Monitoring: Arming Caregivers With The Right Tools”
For a long time, senior housing communities have relied on traditional nurse call systems because these generally represented the best technology available. Now, that technology has been superseded. Finding themselves in need of urgent-alert notification systems, senior housing operators for many years have turned to buttons and pull cords as an effective, if rudimentary, solution. Although workable to some extent, these systems have routinely fallen short in a number of key areas, including timeliness, capability, and productivity.
Today, there’s an alternative available that is smarter, more efficient and ultimately more effective than a traditional nurse call system. As featured in Provider Magazine, passive health monitoring is a system of interlocking technologies that provides more timely response to crises. Passive health monitoring helps ensure seniors’ dignity and sense of independence and allows operators to more effectively manage staffing—one of the biggest cost centers in any housing operation.
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Telemedicine is the use of medical information shared from one site to another using electronic communications to improve patient’s clinical health status.
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“As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring.” As fall numbers continue to climb, each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments and approximately 800,000 older people are hospitalized for fall injuries. Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $31 billion annually. Hospital costs account for two-thirds of the total.
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