Pandemic-borne innovations are actively shaping the future of community life.
The reality is that emergencies and disruption are always lurking, yet many senior housing providers still are not fully prepared when disaster strikes.
A traditional dining chair is not designed to accommodate the needs of someone with reduced mobility, nor is it helpful to the person standing behind the chair.
In senior living, our default mode when sharing information with residents is unidirectional communication. Sometimes, this approach makes sense. Frequently, though, this approach is suboptimal.
In the end, vaccinations and masks aren’t enough to ensure safety given the rise of variant cases nationwide.
Older adults have been forced to accept the increasing role of technology their lives due to the pandemic. Now, they are starting to appreciate how these technologies can enable them to live more independently for longer.
Companies in this industry need to go the extra mile not only to make sure that their communities are safe but also to make sure their communities are perceived as safe.
If you haven’t taken the time to explore how your organization could benefit from the American Rescue Plan, the time is now.
600 seniors across nine Volunteers of America National Services communities are engaging with family, friends, healthcare, information and entertainment by video call through a new enterprise technology initiative.
Senior living properties have the chance to position themselves for greater success by providing their residents with an improved living experience.
Physician recruiting and staffing is continuing to become more challenging for assisting living, skilled nursing and other long-term care facilities of all sizes. In the face of mounting physician shortages, nurse and provider burn-out and changing patient expectations, alternative forms of healthcare delivery, such as telehealth, are becoming more important for addressing critical gaps in access to care.
Even as telehealth takes the world by storm as “new new thing” for healthcare, there are reasons for those in the senior living and care industry to take a step back and evaluate the advantages against the drawbacks as they adjust to life after the pandemic. It’s not, after all, a risk-free proposition.
Every moment something is down in a resident’s unit, you risk the comfort and well-being of your residents.
We may be unable to change the course of dementia, we can change the course of how staff members care for those with dementia.
Technology-enabled properties are becoming critical – not just to attract the young, tech-savvy employees but also to provide tools that make difficult jobs easier, as well as increase communication, especially in this era of COVID-19.
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Facebook, video and digital staff communications platforms can bridge the engagement gaps that existed before and were exacerbated during the pandemic. But they’re not the only channels.
Policy changes during the COVID-19 pandemic have reduced barriers to telehealth access. The changes have helped residents, but they also can provide healthcare professionals with a chance at rejuvenation.
In senior living communities, healthy leaders are in a better position to sustain their teams and provide the services residents need. Self care, ultimately, supports better care for others.