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Fire Safety Technology in Senior Care Communities

Posted by Kaleb Scharmahorn

May 29, 2015 12:38:19 PM EDT

A tragic fire at a Woodbury senior living apartment complex highlights the importance of modern senior living fire safety technology in these special communities. The Woodbury fire left one dead, two hospitalized and another nine residents displaced. This tragedy is just the latest in a string of similar incidents, and it should serve as a wake-up call for residents of senior living communities and their loved ones everywhere.

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Topics: Resident Safety, Assisted Living, compliance, Emergency Call - Life Safety, Independent living, emergency call system, Fire Safety, Senior Care Technology

5 Reasons to Upgrade Resident Monitoring Technologies

Posted by Kaleb Scharmahorn

October 28, 2014 4:57:00 PM EDT


Technological advances in the industry are offering senior living communities the opportunity to improve their senior care. New technologies allow administrators and providers to be more productive and efficient in the way they conduct business by combining technology with human interaction to improve quality of life for seniors.

If you are an owner or executive responsible for both the day-to-day operations and the future growth and development strategy of one or more senior care communities, here are 5 reasons to improve your core technologies

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Topics: ECall, Assisted Living, Emergency Call - Life Safety, Senior Living Technology, memory care, nurse call system, Independent living

Home Health Technology: New Chapter of Growth for Tel-Tron

Posted by kalebscharmahorn

January 31, 2014 4:55:51 AM EST

The new year is bringing with it lots of new excitement to everyone at Tel-Tron Technologies. Recently Senior Vice President of Operations, Malcolm Graham, was able to sit down with Middle Market Executive to share his thoughts on the evolution of senior living technology, the aging boomer population, and how Tel-Tron is responding to this new chapter of growth.

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Topics: Tel-Tron Technologies, Personal Health Monitoring, Emergency Call - Life Safety, Senior Living Technology, Home Health Technology, emergency call system

Resolutions For Your Senior Living Community

Posted by kalebscharmahorn

January 6, 2014 6:24:47 AM EST

All too often, resolutions are about the things we give up, the things we choose to do without. No wonder they never get off the ground. This year at Tel-Tron, we’ve decided to take a different approach, by giving you a few ideas on how to enhance and enrich your community and it's residents and to help make your community an even better place to live and work this year. Here is some inspiration to get you started:

Go Green: A healthier lifestyle begins with a healthier environment, and with all the tools and resources available, it is easier than ever to ensure that your community is eco-friendly. Here are a few simple solutions:

  1. Get an Energy Star check: How energy-efficient is your community? An EPA Energy Star check is the best way to know for sure. Not only is an Energy Star certification mean that your facility is eco-friendly, but it also ensures superior comfort for your residents and a reduction of up to one-third in your energy costs. It’s a win-win!
  2. Recycle Everywhere: While most community have implemented recycling programs in their main living areas, this year, make a commitment to facilitate recycling throughout your community by using divided bins in residents’ rooms or on shared hallways. Education is also important. Since seniors did not grow up recycling, many of them know very little about it. Discuss what can and can’t be recycled, using physical examples, so residents are clear on the guidelines and your program is more successful.
  3. Reduce fabric waste: Fabric waste is a little-known environmental problem in the United States. Assist your residents in getting rid of unwanted clothing and linens with a centrally located donation bin. Donate these items to a shelter or a local thrift shop. Many of these places donate unwanted items to fabric recycling facilities, which turn them into cleaning rags, brushes, etc.
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Topics: Senior Living Community, Senior Living, security, safety, Independence, Assisted Living, E-Call, Life Safety Solutions, Emergency Call - Life Safety, Tel-Tron, memory care, Resident Wellness, nurse call system, Independent living, emergency call system, resolutions for seniors

The Value of Independence in Senior Living

Posted by kmanley2013

September 23, 2013 6:45:37 AM EDT

A few years ago, I read an article comparing American values to the values in some developing countries. The writer emphasized that autonomy and independence are as integral to American culture as the proverbial baseball and apple pie. In some countries, particularly developing nations, interdependence is emphasized, but in the United States, our goal as parents is to raise kids who can survive, and thrive, without us. A couple of years ago, I found that, at virtually the same time, both of my daughters went through tricky transitions on the road to independence. One wanted to do everything herself, but couldn’t. The other could do most things for herself, but wouldn’t. It was a frustrating phase, but in retrospect, it taught me a lot about the role of independence in senior living.

Setting Realistic Expectations

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Topics: Resident Check-In, Senior Living, Check-in, Assisted Living, Emergency Call - Life Safety, Senior Health, Resident Wellness, Independent living

Dignity Can’t Exist Without Independence

Posted by kmanley2013

August 14, 2013 6:19:38 AM EDT

Dignity at All Ages

It’s never cool to walk in on someone when they’re going to the bathroom. Even when that someone is 5. And you’re there to, you know, help. I have learned this the hard way. If a door is closed, knock. Dignity is important, even to a 5 year old.

Kids can teach you a lot about the value of dignity. And privacy. And independence. Further proof, if we needed it, that people don’t really change all that much when they get older. Their abilities may evolve, or in some cases devolve, but the need for autonomy remains the same. Dignity simply can’t exist without independence. It’s a fundamental component of happiness, whether you’re 5 or 95, and research supports this claim. Studies have repeatedly shown that maintaining independence is a primary goal and concern from many seniors.

Avoiding Dependence on Caregivers

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Topics: Resident Check-In, Dignity, Independence, Assisted Living, Emergency Call - Life Safety, Senior Health, Resident Wellness, Technology, Independent living

E-Call Systems are Boring

Posted by kmanley2013

May 20, 2013 10:39:42 AM EDT

First, I want to introduce myself. My name is Kevin Manley. I’m Tel-Tron’s new Director of Marketing and SaaS (that’s Software-as-a-Service, not Sass). You may have seen the great press release I wrote about myself a few weeks ago. I’ve been at Tel-Tron for about 2 ½ months now and my primary observation so far about the E-Call (Emergency Call) industry is that this is some pretty dry stuff. The last time there was any levity in this business was “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” and that wasn’t even supposed to be funny. It was just bad acting.

Leading Age and ALFA
I was sent to help at our booth at the Leading Age Expo two weeks after I joined Tel-Tron, ready to talk about our products. As I walked around the Expo, I saw a lot of E-Call devices and booths showing absurdly happy stock-photography seniors. Ever notice that those same exact happy stock-photography seniors are on all of the senior living marketing materials? Maybe you have to be a marketer to notice that kind of thing. A few months later I attended ALFA (with a little more industry knowledge under my belt). I observed that one common topic that no one was talking about in the break-out sessions at Leading Age or ALFA was E-Call systems. Why? Because it’s boring. We don’t really want to talk about it either (except our engineers … they love this stuff).

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Topics: ECall, Regulatory Compliance, ALFA, business, Nursing home, Emergency Call - Life Safety, Software as a service, Risk Management, Tel-Tron

We've got you covered - an equipment replacement plan that works

Posted by niteowl23

April 23, 2013 5:36:38 AM EDT

You're not aware of Tel-Tron's Warranty Plus program? For $3 per month per apartment, all of your Tel-Tron equipment is covered. If you take a lightning hit and every last piece of equipment is fried, you get all new equipment at no additional cost. A staff member dropped a pager in the toilet? Covered. A resident ran over a pendant with a car? Covered. A technician from a different company dropped a pipe on your console? Covered. Your electrical closet flooded and your power supply exploded? Covered.

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Topics: wireless emergency call system, life safety, Training, warranty, battery replacement, Emergency Call - Life Safety, nurse call system, emergency call system

We're Willing to Go the Distance to Grow With Our Partners

Posted by mgrahamiv

June 27, 2012 10:33:21 AM EDT

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Topics: Emergency Call - Life Safety

Meet Quality Assurance Engineer Ed Otero

Posted by jasonprogers

June 22, 2012 7:19:27 AM EDT

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Topics: Unique Advantage, wireless nurse call system, employee, Emergency Call, made in the usa, Customer Success and Support, Nurse Call, testing, wireless emergency call system, life safety, quality, Emergency Call - Life Safety, Tel-Tron, engineering, Technology, made in america, product, emergency call system, validation

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