Is Technology Transforming Assisted Living?

The answer is “yes.”

Walk into any assisted living community today, and you may actually think you have entered an upscale resort. With encouraging changes in everything starting from interior designs to services, to wellness amenities, senior living communities provide a welcoming environment for seniors to thrive.

Technology has played a key role in making such impossible possible. With newer opportunities emerging in maintenance and development, administrators can now provide services unavailable in assisted living homes while improving the resident’s freedom of choice and comfort at the same time.

So what are the most crucial things that technology has transformed in assisted living homes? This post can throw more light on the matter.

  1. Upgraded quality of care

By 2014, more than 75% of the United States senior living communities had implemented things like electronic point of care and medical records; ones providing greater efficiency and security in handling private health information.

Some of the overambitious ones had also implemented telehealth technology – including smart networks and devices – for providing a wealth of data that can aid medical professionals provide the highest level of care as possible. Some of the most common tasks associated with these devices include:

  • The tracking of vital signs of patients in need,
  • Providing backup for medication administrations.

Now, standing in 2018, we are seeing more and more improvements with a mixture of speed, efficiency, and reliability where some of the very same communities are even going for technologies to assist with wellness-related problems like physical fitness and rehabilitation.

  1. Wireless internet accessibility

Many senior living communities have already jumped on the internet bandwagon in recent years. As a result, residents are becoming increasingly tech-savvy with devices like tablets, smartphones, and laptops featuring an around-the-clock connection to the internet.

Whether they engage in online entertainment, social media, e-learning, or doing practical pursuits like paying bills on the internet, today’s seniors want one thing and one thing only – a fast and reliable internet connection.

Most senior living communities have, thus, installed fast and secure senior living wireless networks for team members and residents, and some of them even offer guest networks to visiting relatives, friends, and vendors for 24×7 internet accessibility.

  1. Improved security

Most seniors prefer to move to senior living communities for a host of security features, including the likes of professionally trained staff members and various other security elements such as handrails, non-slip flooring, lack of stairs, and convenient lighting.

With the advancement of technology, communities are using it to make senior living campuses even more secure. Residents in need of help can just press on a button, and timely response will arrive from anywhere within the assisted living campus.

  1. Easy communication with near and dear ones

With the ready availability of superfast internet in senior living communities, most of the inhabitants are using platforms like Facetime, WhatsApp, and Skype to stay in constant touch with friends and family.

In fact, you may even see trained professionals or volunteers teaching residents how to use these technologies to chat (or video chat) with people who they may not see very often.

Video chatting provides a more intimate experience than a simple phone call or a text message where it allows the residents to gain firsthand experience of family milestones including the likes of school performances, weddings, graduations, and birthdays.

A final word…

If you are considering a move to an assisted living community for yourself (or for anybody else in your family), make sure you ask how the technology in the community can help to improve the quality of life. The answers may very well be a welcoming surprise for you.

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