How Technology Can Provide a Safe Haven for Seniors
The focus of technology in the area of resident safety improvements in retirement homes and those devoted to long-term care is mainly on safety monitoring and remote health systems. It is aimed at improving the overall quality of care and increasing efficiency in elderly care.
These days, technology assists in delivering, supporting, and managing resident care as well as assisting with financial and administrative functions and assisting with resident self-administration. In addition, technology helps with many clinical information systems’ core functions, including:
- Decision Support
- Communication and Connectivity
- Electronic Order Entries
- Health Data Storage and Retrieval
- Results Management
When better health information technology is implemented, it can make retirement homes and long-term care facilities safer and more efficient. It gives staff the ability to provide a higher quality of care for their residents. And, with an increase in quality of care comes major improvements, including:
More resident communications via social media, email, and text messaging
Increased use of technology solutions by residents for managing their own health can also result in increased family connections. Technology gives residents the opportunity to stay on top of their health through automatic tracking of their health history/status while also staying in touch with friends and family.
A decrease in alcohol and tobacco use plus better nutrition
Technological advances can help staff members to assist residents to get a better handle on their alcohol and tobacco use. Those advances can also connect residents with technology online for staying on top of their health and the practices that can affect it. It also helps retirement homes and long-term care facilities to stay on top of nutritional guidelines and best practices for the health of those in their care.
Retirement homes and long-term care facilities need state-of-the-art surveillance on their premises to ensure resident safety. Advances in surveillance technology can help them to do that more effectively.
Improved medication adherence and reduced medication errors
Health Information technology is leading the staff members at retirement homes and long-term care facilities to be more efficient in handling resident medications with fewer errors.
Modified behavior related to a chronic condition
Technology can help staff members and residents manage chronic conditions. Via these advances in technology, they can bring about behavior modifications that can be a great help in dealing with such conditions.
Technology is truly becoming more and more an integral part of senior care today. The appropriate technology can result in reduced costs, increased efficiency, and greatly improved quality of care. Seniors move to a retirement home or long-term care facility for ongoing assistance with one major issue and that is keeping them safe. It’s a safe havens for seniors due to the fact that there’s a staff of capable professionals there who are trained in the art of identifying residents who might be at risk for a fall, a chronic episode, or a medication issue at any given time. And, today’s up-and-coming technological advances can help them to do that and more.
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