Technology in Assisted Living
Technology has definitely become the hot buzzword for today’s senior living communities. Experts are predicting that the aging tech market will hit $30 billion this year and, and according to a survey by Pew Research, the number of seniors using technology on a daily basis is increasing. Over half of seniors today use the Internet and own cellphones, and that number is expected to increase as more and more baby boomers head into retirement.
Oops! We could not locate your form.Technology has definitely become the hot buzzword for today’s senior living communities. Experts are predicting that the aging tech market will hit $30 billion this year and, and according to a survey by Pew Research, the number of seniors using technology on a daily basis is increasing. Over half of seniors today use the Internet and own cellphones, and that number is expected to increase as more and more baby boomers head into retirement.
You’re probably already aware of how important technology is for attracting new residents (and enriching the lives of your current residents). In fact, you may already be making strides towards “techni-fying” your community. That’s awesome! Congrats! Since technology changes and evolves at lightning speeds, we wanted to mention some trending technology in senior living communities for 2017.Using technology for your residents to connect is nothing new. What is new is the rise of community-specific apps, like Touchtown Resident Apps, that allow you to create a senior-friendly “intranet” for your community. Apps can be downloaded to a variety of tablets and platforms, and offer easy-to-navigate tools for residents and families to find information about events, services, menus–really, anything! For you, it’s an easy way to send out alerts, update information about activities and events and more, all with the touch of a finger.The average senior takes at least five medications per day. Multiply that by the number of residents in your community, and that’s a lot of medication to manage. New apps and products are making it easier for both residents and your staff to keep everyone on schedule. One such (free) app is CareZone, which alerts a resident when it’s time to take medication by buzzing their phone. Physical products like Reminder Rosie (a digital clock that talks when it’s time to take a pill) or MedMinder (a digital pill dispenser that flashes to alert the senior and also sends an update to your staff) are an up-front investment, but are a little easier to navigate for seniors who enjoying having a tangible reminder to aide in maintaining their independence.Safety for your residents is getting more and more sophisticated. While personal emergency response systems (PERS) have been around for a while, today’s generation of M-PERS (Mobile-Personal Emergency Response Systems) take safety to a new level. Several companies, like GreatCall and MobileHelp, are truly mobile and aren’t limited to one physical location – alerting emergency services with the GPS location on the person’s mobile device. Other products can attach to various objects in a resident’s home (like a coffee maker) and can send an alert to a smartphone once the object has been used (or if it hasn’t).Technology is at its best when it’s convenient for the user. For senior living communities, some of the best products out there combine various capabilities into one convenient tool. One example of a program that’s already doing this is grandCARE. With the aid of a touchscreen set up in their home, a resident can instantly be connected to medication reminders, the latest news, personal calendar, instant messages, grandchildren and much more.
As tech-savvy baby boomers age, integrated technology will become more and more important to senior living communities. Staying ahead of the curve will not just make your community more attractive to prospective residents, but will also help you keep your current residents connected, healthy and active.