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Your Senior Living Technology: Factors to Consider Before You Upgrade

Posted by Kaleb Scharmahorn

August 2, 2016 11:45:41 AM EDT

 

A key goal of a successful senior care community is to generate loyalty by providing quality products and services and being responsive to the needs of the staff, residents, and their families. To meet this goal, more companies are harnessing senior specific technology to advance their care and differentiation in an efficient and cost-effective way.

Are you a senior care provider who has decided that technology upgrades are necessary to meet the evolving needs of your residents? If so, there is much to consider before implementing the new technology. It is a process to determine how the new technology will help achieve your mission and goals, what the business can invest and how the new technology will affect the bottom line.

 

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Topics: Assisted Living, Before You Buy, Technology, nurse call system, emergency call system

Building Blocks for Financing Your Senior Living Community

Posted by Kaleb Scharmahorn

January 17, 2015 12:19:23 PM EST

If you have decided to open a senior living community in response to the growing need of senior care brought on by the aging “Baby Boomer” generation, the first step of your journey is figuring out your financing options and putting a plan in place to make the most out of your investment. Regardless of the type of business being started, new business owners should understand what the fundamentals of financing that business look like. The following topics provide building blocks by shedding light on important subjects related to financing your new senior living investment.  

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Topics: Senior Living Community, Emergency Call, Now You Know, Assisted Living, compliance, Before You Buy, Consultant, Independent living, emergency call system

Your Senior Living Technology: Factors to Consider Before You Upgrade

Posted by Kaleb Scharmahorn

November 21, 2014 9:10:00 AM EST

 

A key goal of a successful senior care community is to generate loyalty by providing quality products and services and being responsive to the needs of the staff, residents, and their families. To meet this goal, more companies are harnessing senior specific technology to advance their care and differentiation in an efficient and cost-effective way.

Are you a senior care provider who has decided that technology upgrades are necessary to meet the evolving needs of your residents? If so, there is much to consider before implementing the new technology. It is a process to determine how the new technology will help achieve your mission and goals, what the business can invest and how the new technology will affect the bottom line.

 

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Topics: Assisted Living, Before You Buy, Technology, nurse call system, emergency call system

Technology Makes Top Ten Senior Living Trends for 2011

Posted by thudgins

January 31, 2011 12:04:30 PM EST

From Senior Housing News comes this article about technology. Click here for full article.

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Topics: Integration, safety, Assisted Living, Before You Buy, emergency call system, In the Cloud

A National Standard for Emergency Call Systems (It's on the way!)

Posted by nrickdawson

January 21, 2011 5:28:35 AM EST

In any Assisted or Independent Living community, the emergency call system is a significant link in the delivery of Life Safety for the residents. When help is needed, the expectation is that the emergency call system will reliably summon that help.

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Topics: Certification, Nurse Call, wireless emergency call system, Assisted Living, compliance, Before You Buy, Emergency Call - Life Safety, Technology, emergency call system

All Senior Living Communities Are The Same!

Posted by teltroncorp

September 21, 2010 10:22:09 AM EDT

Seriously. Take a look at the web sites for the top senior living providers and see if you can spot the differences between them. I've posted a few screen shots from a few just to prove the point. Look at the mission statement graphic. Is there a senior living company in existence that doesn't claim to do ALL of those same things?

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Topics: Unique Advantage, made in the usa, Nurse Call, wireless emergency call system, Assisted Living, Before You Buy, PC, Technology, emergency call system

Why 312 MHz Kicks Butt for Senior Living Emergency Call Systems

Posted by buddykrug

June 3, 2010 12:43:56 PM EDT

When it comes to resident life safety, why would you take a chance having your wireless emergency call fail due to radio interference or being blocked by common building materials? Activate a Tel-Tron pendant or wireless pull cord and rest assured, your emergency call will get through, and help is on the way. Unlike many of our competitors who use 2.4 GHz technology, Tel-Tron uses 312 MHz which is absolutely the best technology for penetrating building materials and is essentially free of interference from other transmitters operating at the same frequency.

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Topics: Nurse Call, wireless emergency call system, Before You Buy, Emergency Call - Life Safety, emergency call system

Enough Already. The PC has to go!

Posted by teltroncorp

May 16, 2010 4:00:01 AM EDT

All you have to do is read words in this picture, which was taken by one of our salespeople when touring a community that just installed a new emergency call system from a competitor. WOW! I cannot believe that someone would actually write that memo - clearly aware of the implications of not obeying - and think that just writing a note makes everything OK.

IT'S NOT OK! You are tasked with making sure that a resident's call for help gets answered. And for lots of reasons, including this one, a personal computer is a completely inappropriate engine for an nurse call system. In case you can't read the picture, here is what it says.

"Please do not use this computer to go onto the internet. This computer runs our nurse call system and is vitally important. Thanks, Jane."

Jane - Rather than writing a memo, you should have thrown that system out and replaced it with one that is not computer based. Can any of you think of a single system that is a life safety device that runs on a Windows computer? Please leave a comment to this post if you can.

Defibrillators? No. Airplane Avionics? No. Dialysis Equipment? No. Automobile Electronics? No.

When you hear about someone who is on "life support," do you think it would be wise to have that equipment run by a Windows computer? No way. So why is it OK to put the lives of senior living residents in the temperamental control of a Windows personal computer? Short answer....It isn't! They freeze up. They need rebooting. Software needs updating. They aren't battery backed up for longer than a few minutes. Really the list is endless.

Staff can close the program. Staff can turn them off (on purpose, or on accident). And, as in the case captured in this picture, staff can browse the internet while calls for help go unanswered. It simply isn't necessary.

On an enterprise quality nurse call system, the main servers, switches, routers and gateways use embedded systems, industrial microcontrollers, sophisticated power supplies, elaborate supervision and battery back-up methodologies. There are design tolerances measured in sub-1% range. User GUIs are browser based and access data on the system, but do not control the system. Visit Auditrak.com, for an example of a killer call system GUI that resides in the cloud.

As I looked at the picture in the beginning of this article, I was so frustrated at the lack of seriousness with which Jane took her role as caregiver. In fairness, Jane probably did not select that system. Someone at her corporate office, who doesn't have to respond to an emergency call - ever - probably picked it as a result of their beauraucratic purchasing system. Still...the kind of compromise and accommodation Jane is forced into is simply not necessary. There are other options.

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Topics: Emergency Call, Senior Living, Nurse Call, computer, wireless emergency call system, pendant, life safety, Assisted Living, Staff Notification, Before You Buy, Emergency Call - Life Safety, PC, emergency call system, In the Cloud

Wireless Network….Heal Thy Self!

Posted by teltroncorp

May 15, 2010 3:50:36 AM EDT

Every time I hear someone say "wireless emergency call systems are pretty much all the same" it makes my want to pull my hair out. While it is true that many systems have a similar mission, there are very few similarities in how the mission gets

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Topics: wireless nurse call system, Emergency Call, Senior Living, Zigbee, Nurse Call, Network, wireless emergency call system, Assisted Living, Before You Buy, Emergency Call - Life Safety, Wireless, Linkedin, Technology, Mesh, emergency call system

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