Four ways technology is changing senior living for the better

This world is changing rapidly, and many senior living facilities are trying to help their residents keep up.

Senior living facilities always strive to make their facilities feel like home for every resident. However, most residents have not adopted some of the newer technologies before moving into an assisted living facility.

This is to be expected; new technology and devices can be challenging to comprehend, especially for generations of people who have grown accustomed to doing things the "old fashioned" way. Still, that doesn't mean senior living facilities can't use these advancements for the benefit of their residents. There are certainly options that can make the lives of residents more enjoyable!

  • Computer Labs for great online and social experiences: Many facilities are starting to open computer labs to spark a more social experience. Many individuals feel overwhelmed when it comes to using computers, so some healthcare facilities are now offering classes that explain how to surf the web, use email, check Facebook, etc. This has been a great help with residents keeping in touch with their loved ones and can help them reconnect with old friends outside of the facility.

  • Advancements in next-gen technology solutions: Although many seniors use smartphones, wearable tech such as heart-rate monitors, and LTE watches may not be familiar to them. These types of devices improve a senior citizen's quality of life in a variety of different ways, from communication to overall safety.

The best part? Nurses and support staff who work at senior living facilities are often happy to help residents learn about these next-gen solutions. They can read instructions out loud when the individual has trouble seeing, describe what needs to be done in detail when the instructions are too hard to understand and continue to support them until they are comfortable using the device on their own.

  • Sleep monitors to determine the quality of rest: A big complaint in the senior living industry is that residents have trouble sleeping. This is sometimes an issue that stems back to their days of living in their own home, or it could be a new development that needs managing. Whatever the case, doctors can determine the how's and whys of every individual's situation and prescribe the proper medications. Sleep monitors can help with that.

When a resident says that they haven't been sleeping, it's very difficult for nurses and doctors to determine what that means. Sleep monitors not only give doctors the precise window in which the individual slept, but they also provide metrics that determine the quality of that sleep. This information is important because it helps doctors map out the best course of action to improve the resident's maximize rest.

  • Alexa-friendly devices to make residents' lives easier: Assisted living facilities are now using devices that have Amazon's Alexa as a method of communicating in the common areas. If an individual wants to know what the weather forecast is like, what time it is, who scored the winning touchdown in last night's big game, or historical facts, all they need to do is ask!

The world is changing rapidly, and many senior living facilities are trying to help their residents keep up. It's only natural for senior living facilities to utilize these new technologies for the benefit of all residents. Despite how scary some of them may seem, the professionals at these facilities will always have their residents' backs!

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