The long-term care (LTC) industry has undergone significant changes in the last few decades. Communities have become less institutional and more "destinational" - places that seniors actually want to call home. But there's still room to improve the entire aging experience because of the shift from medically-oriented care to more holistic, person-centered care. Occupancy and resident satisfaction will be driven by both quality health care and quality of life. It's time to return to the industry's roots because if you provide beds for heads, you're in the hospitality business and that means residents and their families need to experience your property as inviting, safe and comfortable, providing access to all kinds of services to optimize physical, mental and emotional well-being. Technology innovation plays a major role in enabling and scaling to the new standards of senior living, with an emphasis on living because that's the goal. Health, relevance, relationships and joy have no age limits.
Given the liabilities and
complexities in senior living, ignorance isn't an option because a lack of
information or disruptions in its flow can endanger lives. But trying to
respond to alarms from multiple systems causes confusion, inefficiencies and
distractions among staff, leading to alarm fatigue and negative impacts on
resident care. However, situational awareness technology can be used to improve
emergency alerting and response management. SARA
integrates life safety, security and environmental controls, turning alarms
from these stand-alone systems into detailed alerts for delivery to virtually
any communication device. With the situational awareness SARA provides, the
appropriate response can be initiated according to predefined alerting and
escalation protocols. And because alerts from any number of sensors can be
delivered directly to caregivers, buzzers, strobe lights and other audible
alarms can be quieted to ensure a more calm and hospitable environment.
Meet CATIE, communication and access to information everywhere, the technology that will help you improve communication, workflow and overall service service. Your desired functionality is programmed under an endless supply of "easy buttons" on the user interface, creating a message center, electronic bulletin board/digital signage and concierge. With our expertise in computer-telephony integration (CTI), we'll provide an enterprise solution that enables you to deliver digitized content and endless self-service options. By giving residents the ability to access information and request service at their fingertips, you'll transform the resident experience. And you'll distinguish yourself as a senior living provider that wants to enrich the lives of those in your care.
Too many seniors still live in digital isolation, and studies show that this demographic is at risk for depression, functional decline and even premature death due to loneliness. This lack of e-enablement led us to develop a self-service solution for residents of senior living communities. Residents use this technology to stay active, engaged and connected to the world around them for the best quality of life. Watch the video to learn how you can improve the resident experience while also automating workflows through self-service.
With the number of adult living in senior communities predicted to double by the year 2030, senior living communities will continue to face new challenges and opportunities to enhance the resident experience. Communities are able to meet these needs through the integration of technologies that empower older adults to live secure, connected and purposeful lives. The benefits of these technologies are vast, promoting wellbeing, engagement and enhanced quality of life both inside and outside the residential communities. One of the most powerful benefits to technology is its ability to promote and enhance wellbeing by bringing people together - and nowhere is this more pronounced than in bridging the generational gap.
Status Solutions' intergenerational engagement program makes it easier than ever for seniors to live meaningful lives beyond the walls of their homes by facilitating opportunities for social interaction and participation in volunteer opportunities with local schools. Whether its teach, mentoring or simply sharing life experiences, these interactions stimulate friendships and the benefits extend across both demographics.
To speed emergency alerting and response, mobile duress technology in the form of personal alert buttons has been widely adopted by senior living communities. As the pioneering provider of mobile duress systems for situational awareness, we've given thousands of LTC residents access to immediate assistance and thus greater independence, mobility and peace of mind for them and their families. Because alerts are processed and delivered by SARA to caregivers in real time, they can take immediate action to find the individual requesting help. We offer both local, premise-based mobile duress for individuals in a single building or multi-building campus, as well as wide-area mobile duress. For example, a senior living provider could opt to equip assisted living and skilled nursing residents with premise-based mobile duress pendants, while giving independent residents wide-area mobile duress pendants for greater freedom and independence off campus.
We've developed a complete iOS-based mobile dashboard solution, including phone and
network, for use in health-care environments, including senior living. The preprogrammed dashboards trigger the appropriate alerts
along with the subsequent acknowledgements to indicate which staff or
caregivers "own" those alerts. This feature improves communication
and workflow among those on shift because there's no duplication of efforts or
searching for each other because every alert, location and response is shown. Using this solution instead of pagers, one early adopter reduced its average response time by three minutes.
For senior living administrators, the number one goal for their community is to provide a high quality of life and care to their residents. One way to ensure this happens is by providing proactive, individualized care that caters to each senior.Our technology provides a full spectrum of services that elevate seniors' health and day-to-day lives (think: everything from dietary habits to emotional health, morning check-ins to mobility). Add to that the onslaught of data and analytics, and you will can not only proactively care for residents but begin to predict illnesses before they happen. Caregivers can use data on residents' health and routines to identify if/when a senior may develop an infection. Our technology will streamline this process even further, by recording everything from seniors' activity levels and emotional health to mobility and how frequently or infrequently they use the bathroom - giving the most complete view of overall health. Armed with this data, staff can now proactively seek out individual residents that are at risk of a health event and provide the right senior with the right care at the right time - ultimately treating or even preventing potential infections or conditions.
A wide variety of wireless sensors exist, including those for checking the operational status and proper function of HVAC systems, power generators, boilers and water pumps. SARA also can be used for temperature monitoring/logging, which is especially important for medical-grade refrigerators used to store medication not to mention refrigerators and freezers for food storage. If a system fails, a drastic change occurs, or a hazardous substance is detected, SARA automatically will alert the appropriate individuals or personnel groups so they can investigate and remedy the situation. For example, when the pilot lights on water and heating boilers at Franke Tobey Jones went out, SARA alerted maintenance so they could be relit quickly, without residents being inconvenienced or uncomfortable. And when it comes to heating/cooling and lighting and equipment use, environmental monitoring through SARA will improve energy efficiency, a simple yet powerful means of cutting costs without impacting operations.