Assisted Living

7/26/2017 | By Terri L. Jones

Just like the rest of the world, senior living communities understand the benefits of technology and are leveraging its power to help care for residents and improve their quality of life. Below are some ways that savvy communities are putting these smart tools to work:

Social. Technology definitely plays a social role in senior living communities, with residents using technology not only to stay connected with friends and family but also to engage with their fellow residents. At communities everywhere, you’ll find residents competing in Wii tournaments, participating in iPad clubs to discover new ways to use their tablets, and just surfing the Internet together.

Safety. Traditional emergency call buttons aren’t the only means by which communities keep residents safe these days. Technology also adds an extra measure of security. For example, sensors can monitor how often a resident turns over in bed at night to signal that help may be needed. Plus, monitoring devices, such as cameras, door alarms and other location devices, can help keep a watchful eye on memory-care residents.

Response time. Family members like to know that their loved ones are receiving support and assistance in a timely manner. With technology that monitors staff members’ whereabouts, plus tracks their response time to assist residents, communities can offer peace of mind to family members when they can’t be there.

More face-time. Equipping staff members with mobile devices means they don’t have to spend as much time at a computer, leaving more quality time for residents.

Accurate medical information. Electronic medical records software makes consistent, up-to-the-minute medical information available to all staff members throughout the community. While increasing efficiency, electronic medical records can also help prevent mistakes.

Share how your community uses technology to improve residents’ quality of life.

Terri L. Jones

Terri L. Jones has been writing educational and informative topics for the senior industry for over 10 years, and is a frequent and longtime contributor to Seniors Guide.

Terri Jones