Long Term Care in the Digital Age

Long Term Care in the Digital Age

Technology has permeated every aspect of modern life making people more connected, efficient, and mobile than ever. It has also transformed long-term patient care, giving healthcare providers more access to information and simpler, safer ways to care for patients, while allowing seniors more freedom and independence. Here’s a brief look at the state of long-term care in the digital age.

The Current State of Long-Term Care

The healthcare industry has been implementing technological-driven solutions for some time, but the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically pushed the timeline forward. Virtual services like telehealth appointments are quickly becoming the norm as both doctors and patients realize the numerous benefits, and mobile devices offer caregivers and healthcare providers easy access to information for better patient care.

Using a secure Wi-Fi connection, patients can now join a telehealth conference and see their doctor remotely. Even the most high-risk patients like those in long term care or seniors in assisted living facilities can meet with their doctors without exposing themselves to potentially deadly viruses.

Healthcare isn’t easy and requires a lot of technical data. Luckily, all that data is now available from the palm of your hand. Studies have shown that 84% of long term caregivers rely on the internet for information on health topics, reviewing online reviews of drugs or treatments, or for assistance with their responsibilities. Technology is giving healthcare providers the knowledge they need to better care for patients.

The Future of Long-Term Care

Technology is always advancing, creating more efficient, innovative ways to provide long-term care. Connected devices and Internet of Things (IoT) technology are allowing patients and senior living residents to enjoy more independent lives.

Small GPS devices are starting to be used to track patient whereabouts. Wandering is a serious risk for seniors, and studies have shown that 60% of people with dementia will wander at some point in their lives. GPS-enabled devices worn by at-risk patients can send mobile alerts to healthcare providers if they go beyond a set boundary. This allows patients more freedom and independence, while allowing healthcare workers to spend time with other patients.

Electrical use monitoring is a relatively new technology being used by healthcare providers to monitor the use appliances like ovens and toasters. If an appliance is turned on, an alert is sent to the caregiver. They can monitor the alerts to make sure that the appliances are turned off. This new technology allows seniors living at home, in independent living, or in senior living facilities to safely retain their independence.

How Organizations Can Prepare for the Future

Technology is the future of long-term patient care, and it’s important that facilities are prepared to adopt these changes. One of the best things you can do to prepare is to reinforce your wireless network. Having a strong Wi-Fi presence throughout your facility will help keep all your personnel, patients, and devices connected and working at maximum efficiency. You’ll be able to adopt new technologies as they arrive without worrying if your network is set up to handle it.

Installing Medical Grade Wi-Fi® can help prepare you for the future. It offers 99% reliability with a secure, high network capacity to support all your present and future devices. If you’re interested in boosting your technological capabilities, contact the experts at HealthSignals today.

4 Ways Cellular Boost Solutions Improve Senior Living

4 Ways Cellular Boost Solutions Improve Senior Living

Cell phones are no longer a luxury; they’re essential. More people than ever rely on cell phones as their primary means of communication. They can help you keep you in touch with loved ones, healthcare providers, and coworkers for a healthier, more connected life.

Unfortunately, many senior living facilities don’t have adequate reception, which can limit residents’ and the staff serving them, abilities to communicate. Here are just a few of the ways that a cellular boost solution can help to improve the lives of those in senior living.

1. Connect with Loved Ones

Phones are designed to keep people connected. You can text, send pictures, video chat, browse social media, and play games with loved ones from all over the world.

For many seniors, cell phones have become the primary method of communication with their family members. Studies have shown that 91% of people 65 and older own cell phones and 53% own smartphones. But without service, seniors can’t connect with their loved ones. This is even more evident in the time of COVID-19 when for seniors in quarantine, the only means of connecting with their loved ones may be via mobile technologies.

A cellular boost solution can give seniors the gift of communication. They’ll be able to interact with their friends and family members for a happier, healthier senior living experience.

2. Talk to Healthcare Providers

Next to their families, seniors also need to be able to communicate with their healthcare providers. Speaking to a specialist is quick and easy with a cell phone. They’re easier to use and eliminate the need to remember names and numbers. Simply push a button and you’re connected.

Many doctors, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, are starting to rely on telehealth options to treat patients. But dropped calls or poor video quality act as a hindrance to providing the same quality of care as face to face. With a strong cellular signal, seniors can use their smartphones to meet with their doctors virtually, removing the need for transportation or risk of infection.

3. Stay Mentally Active and Entertained

Cell phones aren’t just good for communication; they can be used for entertainment as well. In a senior living environment, staying active and engaged is of the utmost importance, and studies have shown that mobile apps and online brain games can improve the cognitive abilities of seniors.

Downloading apps and playing online games use a lot of data and require a strong cellular signal. A cellular boost solution can help seniors stay online and engaged to stay sharp.

4. Facilitate Staff Communication for Better Care

Residents aren’t the only ones who rely on strong cell signal to communicate. Staff members frequently rely on their cell phones for updates in the form of texts, calls, or emails. For healthcare workers, not being able to get information in a timely manner can be dangerous. Having a strong cell signal can facilitate internal communication so healthcare workers can provide better, more efficient care for residents.

Cellular Boost Solutions for Better Senior Living

Everyone needs to be able to interact with their loved ones. For people in senior living, this isn’t as simple as it seems. Having access to a strong signal from a cellular boost solution can make all the difference. Residents will love being able to connect with their loved ones and healthcare providers, and the staff will be able to utilize the stronger signal to facilitate internal communications for improved patient care. A cellular boost solution is the perfect way to improve the lives of those in senior living. Contact HealthSignals here to learn more about our cellular boost solutions.

Long Term Care in the Digital Age

Long Term Care in the Digital Age

Technology has permeated every aspect of modern life making people more connected, efficient, and mobile than ever. It has also transformed long-term patient care, giving healthcare providers more access to information and simpler, safer ways to care for patients, while allowing seniors more freedom and independence. Here’s a brief look at the state of long-term care in the digital age.

The Current State of Long-Term Care

The healthcare industry has been implementing technological-driven solutions for some time, but the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically pushed the timeline forward. Virtual services like telehealth appointments are quickly becoming the norm as both doctors and patients realize the numerous benefits, and mobile devices offer caregivers and healthcare providers easy access to information for better patient care.

Using a secure Wi-Fi connection, patients can now join a telehealth conference and see their doctor remotely. Even the most high-risk patients like those in long term care or seniors in assisted living facilities can meet with their doctors without exposing themselves to potentially deadly viruses.

Healthcare isn’t easy and requires a lot of technical data. Luckily, all that data is now available from the palm of your hand. Studies have shown that 84% of long term caregivers rely on the internet for information on health topics, reviewing online reviews of drugs or treatments, or for assistance with their responsibilities. Technology is giving healthcare providers the knowledge they need to better care for patients.

The Future of Long-Term Care

Technology is always advancing, creating more efficient, innovative ways to provide long-term care. Connected devices and Internet of Things (IoT) technology are allowing patients and senior living residents to enjoy more independent lives.

Small GPS devices are starting to be used to track patient whereabouts. Wandering is a serious risk for seniors, and studies have shown that 60% of people with dementia will wander at some point in their lives. GPS-enabled devices worn by at-risk patients can send mobile alerts to healthcare providers if they go beyond a set boundary. This allows patients more freedom and independence, while allowing healthcare workers to spend time with other patients.

Electrical use monitoring is a relatively new technology being used by healthcare providers to monitor the use appliances like ovens and toasters. If an appliance is turned on, an alert is sent to the caregiver. They can monitor the alerts to make sure that the appliances are turned off. This new technology allows seniors living at home, in independent living, or in senior living facilities to safely retain their independence.

How Organizations Can Prepare for the Future

Technology is the future of long-term patient care, and it’s important that facilities are prepared to adopt these changes. One of the best things you can do to prepare is to reinforce your wireless network. Having a strong Wi-Fi presence throughout your facility will help keep all your personnel, patients, and devices connected and working at maximum efficiency. You’ll be able to adopt new technologies as they arrive without worrying if your network is set up to handle it.

Installing Medical Grade Wi-Fi® can help prepare you for the future. It offers 99% reliability with a secure, high network capacity to support all your present and future devices. If you’re interested in boosting your technological capabilities, contact the experts at HealthSignals today.

5 Ways to Improve Senior Quality of Life With Technology

5 Ways to Improve Senior Quality of Life With Technology

Seventy percent of U.S. seniors are now online. Internet-connected devices are a part of their daily lives and they use them to stay informed, connect with family and friends, make travel plans, and more.

Research shows that aging, health issues, and technology will be completely linked in the future. The myths surrounding older adults’ limited adoption and use of technology are being challenged as we speak. One thing is abundantly clear: seniors like technology and are increasingly incorporating digital and voice-activated tech into their lives.

Here are five ways senior living communities can help improve the quality of life for their residents through the use of technology.

1) Wearables

Apple watches, Fitbits, and other Wi-Fi enabled wearables fall under the broader category of the Internet of Things (IoT). Some continuing care retirement communities are using wearables in place of or to complement nurse call systems to signal an emergency. These health-tracking devices make it easy for staff to reliably monitor conditions like blood pressure, heart rate, sleep patterns, and more.

2) IoT Devices

Tablets, TVs, and healthcare smart devices are some of the fastest growing sectors of IoT for seniors. Many of these conveniences serve dual purposes:

  • Smart water bottles monitor how much water a person drinks each day and sends that data to a health-tracking app.
  • Smart thermostats let residents use their phone or tablet to adjust the temperature of the room without having to get up, preventing falls in the middle of the night.
  • Voice-command lights also help prevent falls by increasing visibility.

Seniors also use IoT devices to monitor smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and track air quality changes.

3) Making Everyday Tasks Easier

Bathroom aids, medication management, and smart kitchen gadget are just a few of the digital devices that make everyday tasks easier for seniors.

  • Wayfinding software guides residents and visitors indoors and out.
  • Hospital-grade fitness equipment keeps residents limber while also diagnosing medical condition, preventing health problems, and tracking physical therapy success.
  • Kindles, Nooks, and other eReading devices offer a huge supply of educational and entertaining books, magazines, and newspapers.
  • AI-enabled personal assistants like Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana do everything from reminding residents when to take their medications to filling them in on the day’s weather or latest sports news.

Other handy digital helpers include mobile keyless entry, interactive touchscreens for videoconferencing, and streaming services for watching TV and movies or listening to music.

4) Cameras

It isn’t a happy topic, but elder abuse is a real issue for many seniors. It’s estimated that one in 10 adults over the age of 60 faces neglect and/or physical, emotional, sexual, or some other form of abuse. Cameras help families or caretakers make sure seniors are being treated properly. They’re also great for helping healthcare providers track a resident’s movements.

5) Phone Apps

One of the biggest advancements in technology are phone apps that collect important information that can be transmitted to doctors, nurses, or community staff. Simpler apps keep seniors occupied and engaged with fun games, brain teasers, and social media accounts.

Connected devices designed to increase resident happiness and personal satisfaction require a strong Wi-Fi solution that’s reliable 24 hours a day. Medical Grade Wi-Fi® offers 99 percent reliability and is HIPAA compliant. To learn more, contact HealthSignals today.

Senior Organizations: Technology Tools on the Rise

Senior Organizations: Technology Tools on the Rise

As senior living organizations embrace a smart tech approach for their residents, they have no shortage of options to choose from. To succeed, they must understand what their residents most need from them.

From voice-activated personal assistants to movement sensors, all the pieces are in place to create smart home environments in senior living. Doing so can position communities and facilities for future growth and profitability. That’s because the goal of these new technologies is not simply to let providers know what residents are doing. The data collected helps them build a better living experience and makes the staff more efficient and effective.

Seniors, like everyone else, want to maintain as much control over their environment and life as possible. To get there requires much more than automating lights and strapping a tracking device on their wrist.

Telehealth

An innovation that was already becoming more popular has in the age of COVID-19 become an absolute necessity. “Health care at a distance” has taken on a whole new meaning at a time when everyone is being urged to practice physical distancing. A market that was once expected to expand to over $265 billion by 2026, telehealth will now likely see a much faster and bigger expansion. Facilities that haven’t done so yet would be wise to invest in Medical Grade Wi-Fi® to seamlessly accommodate technologies like video conferencing, remote patient monitoring, and “store and forward” secure communications.

Recreational Enjoyment

Interactive screens for gaming purposes, computer classes, and VR headsets are just a few of the modern technologies seniors are embracing. Robotic pets foster meaningful connections through play. And many seniors are mastering the art of Zoom and attending online improv, Tai Chi, and yoga classes. All these innovations are designed to keep seniors socially connected and help them enjoy life to the fullest.

Smart Everything

From the latest digital sidekick, ElliQ, which helps less tech-savvy seniors stay connected, to lighting and keyless entry, smart technology is being integrated into just about every design element. The latest innovations include:

  • Contactless fall detection systems that can be installed in senior community homes and rooms. Automated and accurate, the solution eliminates the need for wearables (which some seniors may forget to put on), cameras, and no buttons that need to be pushed to call for help.
  • Awaiting FDA approval is a toilet seat that can detect heart failure in high-risk patients, measure blood pressure, and check blood oxygenation levels.
  • Amazon’s Alexa is now HIPAA compliant which means a resident’s health data can now be accessed securely.
  • AARP’s Alcove, a new virtual reality product that enables families to keep in touch. Senior living communities are embracing the technology as a way to combat isolation.

Some facilities are also adding digital signage and interactive digital displays, some with Alexa connectivity, to help support physical therapy, make exercising more fun, and keep residents informed of daily activity offerings.

Enhanced Networking Capabilities

To best serve your residents you need sufficient bandwidth that blankets every part of your community, not only common areas. Without sufficient internet speed, security, and affordability, your senior living community can experience multiple audio and video problems.

HealthSignals’ Medical Grade Wi-Fi® offers reliable, secure, campus-wide coverage that ensures your residents can connect whenever and wherever they need to. Our Cellular Boost Solutions delivers continuous drop-free cellular coverage for all the users inside the campus, making technology adoption on-the-go even easier. Contact us to learn more.

 

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