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The Aging & Changing Landscape of Senior Care

Posted by Kaleb Scharmahorn

February 3, 2017 5:00:00 PM EST

 
 

Editors Note: This article was originally posted in May 2014 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

The U.S. population is growing older, the Baby Boomer generation is aging at a increased rate, and the landscape of senior care is changing. This inevitable truth is forcing the entire senior living industry to begin thinking differently about tomorrow's seniors. At Silversphere, we recognize that we all have an important role to play in the changing landscape of senior care. We have an opportunity to reinvent, innovate, and make better ways of caring for seniors and communicating with famili es. Tomorrow's seniors have a longer life expectancy, a stronger desire to age-in-place, and a greater knowledge and reliance on technology. This aging and changing landscape is not our responsbility to manage, it is our opportunity to develop.
 

Be sure to take a look at the  infographic  below for a visual picture of just how much aging and changing is ahead.
 
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Topics: Now You Know, Dignity, Senior Living, ALFA, Independence, Assisted Living, Independent living

Senior Living Safety: Help Protect Your Residents from Harmful UV Rays

Posted by Kaleb Scharmahorn

July 14, 2014 3:52:51 PM EDT

Recently, a stylish, fit woman in her 60s confided to me that she had just had some precancerous moles removed from her body. For the third time. Her nonchalance about this deadly topic was disturbing, but not as disturbing as the fact that her body had been exposed to so much ultraviolet radiation that her body had started to rebel and, essentially, attack itself. The effects of UV radiation are troubling, and cumulative, which means that excessive radiation can mean bigger problems down the road.

Understanding UV

In honor of July being National UV Safety Month, we thought it would be good to take the time to better understand the different types of UV and its effects. There are, essentially, three types of UV rays. UVC rays and most of UVB rays are absorbed by the ozone layer, never making it to the earth's surface. UVA rays, however, not only reach the earth, but they also penetrate the skin, causing significant damage. Premature wrinkling and age spots are only the beginning. Sunburn and skin cancers both present very real threats, but lesser known effects of UVA radiation include cataracts, macular degeneration, and a compromised immune system...

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Topics: Senior Living Community, Resident Safety, Independence, Assisted Living, quality, Senior Health, memory care, Resident Wellness, nurse call system, Independent living

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

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

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