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 Now, that technology has been superseded. Just as with smartphones, Internet-enabled televisions, and even smart toasters, a better way of doing things has come along.
Hundreds of healthcare organizations are hacked annually, affecting millions of American lives, according to a recent healthcare breach report issued by the federal government. Continue reading “Why Cybersecurity is the Heart of a Senior Living Facility’s Success”
Senior living executives and clinicians often have resident falls as a top priority throughout the community. Rightfully so, as falls can cause unplanned emergency room visits, hospital stays, and even move-outs due to death or increased care needs. In order to best combat resident falls, clinicians know the benefit of stopping the fall before it happens in the first place. Determining which residents are at a higher risk to fall can be a first step in determining approaches, interventions, and even staff ratios.
For seniors and their caregivers, health is ever at top of mind. By definition, our bodies slow down, eroding to a greater or lesser degree one’s inherent quality of life. Charged with the care of seniors whose quality of life may be failing or at risk, senior housing managers are always on the watch to help their residents lead better, fuller lives.
Resident isolation can feel like a constant battle for senior living care professionals and clinicians. Whether a resident is choosing to withdraw from community life and stay in the apartment or is asked to remain in the apartment due to a contagious illness or other medical issue, isolated residents are simply not getting enough interaction with their peers or staff. Continue reading “Fighting Resident Isolation in Senior Care: Is Technology the Answer?”
For decades, healthcare reimbursement has been based on volume; the more services provided, the more reimbursement collected. But that era is over.
The golden years may indeed be a time for rest and reflection, but for many seniors this also is a time of uncertainty about one’s health and wellbeing. As in so many other aspects of our daily lives, however, technology has arisen to address some of the most common senior health concerns.
In most senior living communities, there are two sets of customers: the resident and the family. Both customer groups are heavily involved in the decision making process for choosing the senior care community, and both the resident and the family members need to be engaged and supported throughout the time the resident lives in the senior care community. Often, disengaged or dissatisfied family members can lead to move-outs just as much as, if not more, than an upset resident.
There is an app for almost every situation and user imaginable, so it wasn’t too long before app developers started programming for senior care situations. These apps for seniors are often tailored to make medical care a bit easier, as well as to keep health tasks organized and accessible. Beyond making healthcare issues a bit easier for older adults, apps for seniors are also available for social engagement, cognitive tune ups, and plain old fun. To make the most of the resident experience when they are in their apartments, senior care professionals are turning towards apps to help make residential stays more engaging and healthy. Here are a few apps for seniors that residents should be downloading before their suitcase hits the floor of their new apartment.
Just as the tablet has gained currency in the consumer market, a strong case can be made for these versatile devices in senior housing.