What Kind of Infrastructure Does Senior Living Need?

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?”

Preventive Care with 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”

Who Benefits From 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?”

Why Does Senior Living Need the Right Infrastructure?

Infrastructure that includes the right hardware, software, network, and people to run the IT will prove essential to gaining resident satisfaction. The right infrastructure will:

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Does Timed Up and Go Still Make the Grade in Senior Communities

The longtime staple of falls risk assessments, Timed Up and Go test (TUG) has been a frequently used tool in the senior housing community. Practitioners say it is simple to perform, with little time or equipment required to complete top assessment.

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4 Ways Telehealth is Changing the Face of Senior Living

“Meet George Jetson….” Most seniors will remember well the theme song to the popular Hanna- Barbera animated sitcom from the sixties about George Jetson and his family living in the space age. With eyes of wonder, Baby Boomers, then small children, watched George speak with his wife Judy via a telecommunication device that showed their faces. A telephone with a TV! It was amazing, and virtually incomprehensible that such a thing could ever exist. And now, those same seniors talk Jetson-style with their grandchildren – some routinely while living in the same city – others from across the world. Separation is no longer an issue.

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Can Telehealth Nursing Really Reduce Senior Living Operating Expenses?

There’s no doubt about it; telehealth saves money. The Telehealth Medicine Association recently proved it in a round-up study of more than 2,000 telehealth studies, which resoundingly showed that telehealth is cost-effective.

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IT: The Essential Senior Living Capital Expenditure You’re Not Making

As your senior living organization operates and expands, there are numerous capital expenditures that you’re likely to have in the budget, such as funds for new buildings, renovations to existing spaces, HVAC implementation and maintenance, and purchase of new equipment.

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Bare Bones Resident Engagement Programs’ True Cost to Senior Housing

Anyone who has spent time in the senior housing business can readily repeat the mantra of resident engagement: We know that seniors tend to isolate. We understand that senior housing can help to ease that sense of isolation by encouraging resident engagement.

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Assisted Living Software’s Critical Role in Reducing Operating Costs

For senior housing operators looking to maximize their investment, assisted living software and other technologies already have proven their worth. These tools can drive efficiencies, support resident health and increase satisfaction overall.

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