Telemedicine is the use of medical information shared from one site to another using electronic communications to improve patient’s clinical health status.
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.
For any senior housing executive, a software investment will likely be a major undertaking. The software that drives business functions also helps to determine resident experience, and once purchased, it likely will be around for many years to come.
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.
While it is important that an assisted living community have a viable and active marketing team to bring seniors into the apartments available, the battle for resident engagement is only beginning when seniors move in. Once residents are a part of the senior living community, medical clinicians and staff members must work consistently to keep seniors healthy, active, and engaged.
Many senior living executives have begun to use telehealth and mobile health, or mHealth technology to lower costs and improve care, but some have been hesitant, and for good reason. mHealth uses mobile communication devices such as smartphones and tablet computers and hundreds of software applications for these devices, which can do almost anything imagined for supporting healthcare. When integrating mHealth within senior care, there are many obstacles to overcome, including:
- Privacy & Security
- Infrastructure needs
“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.
The next generation of seniors will have seen technology rise to become a dominant force in the course of their lifetimes. By the time they enter senior residences, they will expect these same technologies to assist in their comfort and care.