Technology solutions have served the entire community by improving resident wellness and happiness, Digital Marketing Automation, connecting families, and increasing occupancy. Senior living professionals have reasons to be excited as they are turning the calendar to 2020, even during ongoing occupancy pressure and potential disruption from recent health care mega-deals.
Perhaps most fundamentally, the passage of another year brings the long-anticipated baby boomer age wave that much closer. From the perspective of a family caregiver of someone living with dementia, here are some senior living technologies that communities can use to improve their operations.
- Communication Technology Connected Devices Overwhelm Community Networks
The built environment is undergoing significant change, enabled by the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT offers great opportunities with the help of cloud computing to exploit technological advances for the benefit of users, society and the environment. Technological advances in IoT make it easier to monitor and manage environments around us.
As a result Resident Management Software (RMS) which will combine the needs of apartment management with intelligent capabilities for home and thus providing cost-effective platform management it is an obvious need comfort.
- Medication Management
Managing medication is a demanding task for both the older adult and community staff members. Errors are prone to arise where several caregivers work with the same older person.
Thanks to technology, medication management can proceed smoothly and free from errors. And as a bonus, medical supervision often is part of apps or systems that manage other activities, such as setting reminders for healthcare visits, meals, bandage change, and social events.
Putting a simple system in place and taking care of the basics helps seniors avoid common medication mistakes like missing doses, taking the wrong drug, or taking more than recommended.
Be sure to record:
- Names of each prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, vitamins, and supplements
- How often each item is taken
- What dosage of each item is used
- The resolution of each item and symptoms it’s imaginary to treat
- Whether each item is for short-term or long-term use
- Staffing Management Technology
Complex, fast-moving and highly skilled employees this is a modern shift-based workplace. Staffing of long-term care and a high standard of living is critical to the overall success of an organization.
Unfortunately, the increasing shortage of labor, the high competition for talent both in and outside of the industry, wage pressures and evolving staff reports mandates have staffing in eldercare more complex than ever.
How Do I Schedule Employees Effectively and Strategically?
The five key tips and best practices of making a work schedule will benefit both workers and the organization.
- Understand their resource needs and then create an employee’s schedule accordingly.
- Assigning shifts to employees based on skill and availability.
- Handling schedule changes by communicating with workers and make adjustments quickly.
- Measure the effectiveness of your schedule, learn programming data, and adjust the programming process as it progresses.
- Use Staff Scheduling technology to automate your employee scheduling where possible.
- Technology to Track Employees
Paytime Tracker solutions help you improve your employee management process to get the right people in the right job which can lead to significant cost overruns. Emergencies such as call-offs staffing or an unplanned demand for more personal communities almost always put in overtime situations.
The use of full-time staff can ensure continuity of care, but it is important to have some part-time staff in your mix for flexibility and cost control.
These innovative monitoring tools are some of many being used in the independent living sector, but due to regulations and potential risk factors, residents in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities are likely not having the same experience.
- Digital Medical Records
By enhancing a piece of mind for seniors, their families, and your senior living residence staff, Emergency Notification System delivers emergency call system solutions from Independent through to Assisted Living environments. These Call Systems address many aspects of resident’s health and well-being allowing them to continue with their daily activities with confidence.
- Wander Management Technology
Wander Management Systems that tracks patients within set borders to ensure their protection in hospitals, nursing homes and houses a high standard of living.
Wander Guard is designed specifically for Alzheimer’s dementia patients and allowing them to have freedom within its resident’s facilities while giving them essential security. Using the system of wandering patients, the medical staff can monitor these patients while performing other responsibilities.
Seniors living with dementia often wander. This behavior is risky to the older adult and stressful to staff and family members. Wander management technology can offer peace of mind to the management, staff and family members of the resident.
So How to Effectively Engage With the Senior Community
- Providing them with the information they are looking out
When your seniors come into your office, they know they can find results on your electronic health record, request prescriptions and access notes to the doctor. Educating seniors about the benefits of health technology and how to transition not only empower them but will increase the commitment of the patient and improve health outcomes.
- Keep it Simple
Despite the wishes of the senior community to be more technologically savvy, they are often still learning; they need guidance to get to the day with the knowledge and experience of the younger generation.
As their health care provider, make sure they know that you are there to encourage, guide and support them in their efforts to stay involved with you and be educated on how to improve health outcomes.
This article is meant to help you understand safety technologies, boost staff communications through these 6 Technologies a new level of intelligent communication to enhance your residents’ safety.
In addition to facilitating communication between staff, the system provides the capability notification letter, so staff can quickly message at any time. Besides, it gives you the data you need to focus on personal attention to vulnerable residents and identify areas for improvement and personnel management efficiency.
Jean Nesian, founder and CEO at Genexod Technologies that develops the art Resident Care Management(CRM) product for senior and residential care facilities to improve staff efficiency.