Happy summer greetings! Welcome back to our HYPHEN Blog; today’s emphasis is on RTLS and the software that makes it one of the best technologies for safety and comfort in Elder and Senior Care settings. When we started the HYPHEN, we mentioned that we would welcome guest bloggers from among our vendors, clients, and other sources with the best interests of healthcare workers and facilities in mind. Today is the day we open our blog to our first guest.
Mike Brevik, Marketing Director from ZulaFly, will be discussing how technology can help elder care and senior care facilities meet or exceed the expectations of their residents.
Give Mike a read and, as always, you can respond, suggest additional topics, or comment HERE.
How Does RTLS Help Senior Living Facilities Exceed Expectations?
What is the primary goal for most senior living and care centers? In many cases, it centers around a comfortable and personal experience for each resident. Common phrases you may find in mission statements of these companies include, “provide a fulfilling lifestyle,” or “promote independence,” and “provide personal care and exceptional service.”
How can senior living facilities best live up to these standards? What technology is available to ensure comfort is maximized for residents? How can these care centers provide an efficient, all-encompassing system that keeps staff members constantly aware of where residents are?
Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) technology allows senior living facilities to provide an efficient, all-encompassing, and technologically advanced level of service that meets or exceeds the expectation of residents.
The foundational principle of RTLS software systems such as ZulaFly’s Fuzion is to create a location-based alert system. This opens up a new world of possibilities in the manner residents and staff communicate.
Push-Button Independence that Goes with You
Gone are the days of a static button or pull cord being the emergency lifeline for residents to staff members. The advancements of RTLS allow a mechanism such as a push-button pendant to provide advanced level of freedom to senior care residents. No longer dto residents need to be concerned about whether or not they can reach for an alert mechanism in a time of urgent need.
Real-Time Locating System allows residents to call for help from anywhere, not only from the vicinity of their bed or bathroom. Ultimately, this keeps a facility’s senior living experience more natural, home-like, and less ‘institutionalized.’ Indeed, this is the type of experience that parallels what today’s senior living facilities are aiming for.
Peace-of-Mind for Families
Making the decision to place a loved one into a retirement center or senior living facility is never easy for loved ones. This choice requires families to place complete trust in the people and systems that a senior care facility provides. An RTLS-based system allows facilities to provide information to families that keeps them confident in the level of care their loved one receives.
Response time, activity level of residents, and time with caregivers are three critical aspects of care quality for senior living facilities. Using RTLS information to generate reports and analytics related to these factors creates an incredible value add. This information can be passed on to family members, ensuring they remain comfortable and up-to-date with the level of care being provided.
Staff members simply cannot be everywhere at once in a senior living facility. Having the ability to know exactly where each resident is at all times is critical to the safety of each resident. What if someone enters the wrong room, mistakenly thinking it’s theirs? RTLS data, merged with an alert system, immediately creates a location-based message for selected staff members when this occurs, allowing the appropriate care professional to direct the resident to the proper room.
What if a resident is near an exit? The potential for danger in this scenario is a critical issue for those facilities providing care. Again, location-based alerts notify staff in near real-time, allowing them time to safely redirect the resident to where they’re supposed to go. In a system such as ZulaFly’s Fuzion, a robust rules engine allows staff members to know exactly when someone is in a restricted area (elevators and stairwells, for example). Additionally, these systems can notify the staff if two residents are in proximity to one another that should not be.
Senior Living Staff Safety
Providing an updated level of safety and efficiency directly to staff members allows them to focus on their job, thus enhancing the resident experience. For instance, members of the care team have the same type of push-button technology the residents enjoy. With a versatile alert system, staff members can call for assistance wherever they are.
There are many distractions that leach valuable time from senior living staff members. Of all these, perhaps none is more frustrating – and avoidable – than looking for lost equipment or assets. When important items can be tagged and located in a moment’s notice, staff members literally save hours each month not looking for things and, in turn, focusing more energy on caring for residents.
Temperature Monitoring Keeps Fridges Running
Strict medication regimens are another common aspect to a senior living staff/resident relationship. Properly-working fridges are a critical component to seamless execution of these routines. Ensuring these medications are stored at the proper temperature is a must.
In senior living facilities, staff members can safely and efficiently track these levels through temperature monitoring solutions that are typically available via RTLS software systems. The instant a reading is out of range, a mobile alert is sent to all pertinent individuals involved, no matter where they are.
Ultimately, RTLS technology provides a customizable, mobile-friendly, location-based system that empowers senior living staff members to do their best work. At the same time, residents experience the type of comfort, safety, and independence that lives up to the goals and standards of the facility.
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