Should Nursing Homes be High Tech?

Should Nursing Homes be High TechShould Nursing Homes be High Tech?

Ten or so years ago, nobody would have ever thought that a senior citizen in a nursing home would have any need for a computer, let alone Wifi. However, for the seniors entering senior living communities nowadays and who have been part of the digital revolution, having Wifi available could almost be a necessity.

Even if residents don’t have their own computer system, having a computer room within a nursing home could be beneficial. This allows seniors to stay connected and social. Perhaps you could even think about offering basic classes in programs such as Microsoft Word and Photoshop. Many seniors are still very sharp minded and allowing a fun, social activity such as this could do a lot for their mental health, including potentially reducing depression among nursing home residents.

Computers and free Wifi for residents is not the only way your nursing home could go high tech. Many senior living communities today are implementing the use of motion sensing devices. These devices “learn” a senior’s daily patterns and then set off an alert if that pattern is broken. This alert can let staff know about a fall or illness before they might otherwise discover it. No cameras need to be used for this system, meaning that there is no invasion of resident privacy.

Of course, with any new technology come risks, which is why it’s imperative that a risk management system be put in place for your nursing home. At DigniCARE, we’re poised to help your senior living facility meet the challenges of a changing environment where the goal is to elevate the quality of life for residents. Our services encompass innovative solutions for assisted living facilitiesindependent living facilitiesnursing homes, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC). To learn more call (855) 883-6306.

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