Technology is helping seniors in residential assisted living homes stay connected to family and physicians, especially during the pandemic. Recent Brigham Young University research shows that loneliness has a serious effect on health and wellness.
Social isolation has an increasingly adverse effect on the cardiovascular system, overall health care costs, and mortality.
The AARP Foundation indicated that almost 20 percent of adults age 65 and older suffer from the dangers of isolation.
These social isolation dangers can be prevented when the appropriate technologies are put in place. This is why it is important for assisted living homes to equip, empower, and encourage seniors to engage socially. In order to age successfully, socialization is necessary.
As a result, there are a host of easy-to-access apps that promote resident connections that help to stimulate and inspire seniors.
Studies have clearly shown that socializing stimulates brain connections. Social technologies bring seniors in residential assisted living together in a new way that enriches the aging experience.
There are various apps that can be accessed on tablets, computers, smartphones and Amazon Echo devices. These apps host content about assisted living activities.
What Content Keeps Residents Connected Using Technology
- Dining menus
- Group activities
- Weather reports
- Resident directories
- New policies
- Committee meetings
- Fitness videos
In addition, during the pandemic, residents can also make maintenance requests utilizing certain apps. Some assisted living homes install kiosks or use a shared device in a public area for seniors who do not own electronic devices.
TECHNOLOGICAL TRAINING FOR SENIORS
Unquestionably, many seniors in assisted living will also need assistance using technology, but learning can be fun.
When seniors start struggling to adapt, owners, operators and caregivers can show support that can help seniors in several ways.
Bringing residents together for training classes can generate added interest in technology while also rallying residents around a common interest. In addition, learning stimulates the brain.
There are a variety of software companies that design technology specifically for seniors. This technology has been proven to increase the quality of living and decrease depression.
Quality care remains the ultimate goal of residential assisted living, which makes technology a premiere asset for limiting isolation.
The Benefits of Technology in Assisted Living
- Seniors can explore their passions
- Residents are able to access anything in the world
- Apps designed with older adults in mind
- Larger icons
- Picture-based systems
- Makes senior living a user-friendly environment
Creating a technological driven residential assisted living home fosters convenience, joy and well-being.
ALTERNATIVE BENEFITS OF TECHNOLOGY IN RESIDENTIAL ASSISTED LIVING
Did you know that technology can aid caregivers in your residential assisted living home as much as it can benefit the residents?
Various apps have the potential to upload television shows, digital games, and favorite songs. Studies show that seniors who use such devices experience less depression rates and better well-being.
Another benefit of using technology is quality care. Caregivers are able to scan their badge and document care at the bedside using portable tablets.
Some tablets even use voice commands. These tablets make it possible for residents to contact staff and caregivers at the touch of their fingertips.
The overall mission of using technology in residential assisted living is to help people live safely and comfortably in their homes for as long as possible. Also, technology has the ability to inspire meaningful, engaged lives. Building and sustaining technology competence beyond the pandemic is important.
Technology is creating a lot of excitement.
GETTING CONNECTED THROUGH THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
Be prepared to boost quality care, home occupancy and your Wi-Fi signal. Residents are often excited about instructing their peers on how to use assisted living technology.
Therefore, technology encourages connections and improves the residents’ quality of life. This is why assisted living homes are leveraging modern technology – it will remain a huge part of our lives in residential assisted living homes well beyond the pandemic.
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