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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

Great Apps for Caregivers

Posted by Kaleb Scharmahorn

July 2, 2015 11:47:00 AM EDT

The responsibilities of caregivers are tremendous, from everything they do to everything they keep track of. Whether caring for loved ones at home or residents in a care facility, caregivers must stay organized and alert. Fortunately, today’s technology allows them to do just that, anytime and anywhere, with these great mobile and web apps.

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Topics: Assisted Living, memory care, nurse call system, Independent living, emergency call system, Senior Care Technology, Caregivers, Apps

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

Solving Problems in Senior Care with Technology

Posted by Kaleb Scharmahorn

April 28, 2015 1:20:24 PM EDT

Quality senior care is an essential part of any senior care community, but it is also prone to many challenges. Senior care is a specialized subject, and the staff at senior care communities need to have the right training, technology, and expertise to keep their residents safe.

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, ALFA, E-Call, Life Safety Solutions, Cloud Reporting, nurse call system, Independent living, 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

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

Helpful Tips to Improve Employee Retention in Senior Living

Posted by Kaleb Scharmahorn

September 15, 2014 9:30:00 AM EDT

 

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Topics: employee, Customer Success and Support, business, Assisted Living, quality, Management, Independent living

4 Ways you can prevent negativity in Your Community

Posted by Kaleb Scharmahorn

September 7, 2014 2:48:00 PM EDT

In our eBook on employee retention in Senior Living, Silversphere explains how employee turnover impacts your business through loss of knowledge and the financial encumbrance of replacing employees.  Employers may not recognize an ongoing reality: Negativity in the workplace affects your employee turnover rates.  Positive people cannot thrive happily in a negative workplace...

Here are 4 ways to prevent negativity in your work environment:

1.  Facilitate Positivity in the Workplace

A workplace environment characterized by toxic emotional negativity will draw and retain toxically negative people. Over time, negativity will inevitably drive away your most enthusiastic, optimistic, and capable people. Contrastingly, a workplace environment characterized by encouragement and positive feedback will drive away the negativity. Coworkers should focus on the positive impact they have on each other and be rewarded for keeping the dynamic constructive and successful. It is as simple as ignoring negative comments and walking away from someone who insists on complaining, and giving praise and attention to a staff member who is exhibiting positive behavior.

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Topics: employee, Senior Living, Assisted Living, Management, operators, 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

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