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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

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

ALFA 2012: Sharing Inspiring Stories of Dignity and Respect in Aging

Posted by jasonprogers

May 25, 2012 9:43:27 AM EDT

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Topics: Emergency Call - Life Safety, Resident Wellness, Technology

Do You Have a Program Designed to Reduce Fall Risk?

Posted by mgrahamiv

February 14, 2012 12:12:33 PM EST

The risk is real
The awareness related to fall risks over the last few years is staggering. One in five hip fractures results in a death within a year of the incident. One in four seniors that fall and fracture a hip, who used to live independently, spend at least the next year in an assisted living or nursing home environment. It's also a little concerning how little, as an industry, we've done to mitigate the risk. Fall detection is largely a waste, the damage is done, and unless the resident is unconscious automated fall detection devices do little more than let you know the horse is out of the barn.

What can you do?
Fall prevention programs need to be comprehensive and targeted. Do you evaluate the medications your residents are taking and develop specific and targeted prevention programs if their medication puts them at increased risk? If a resident has had a previous fall, do you know the likelihood of them falling again compared to those who have never had a fall? Are you putting technology and processes in place to create an environment which reduces a resident's risk of a repeat incident? Knowing the precursors of a fall is a critical component to prevent it from happening.

For further reading on the risks related to falls and the possible outcomes, often life threatening, visit the CDC's Website on Falls for Older Adults .

If you don't currently employ technology to prevent a fall then contact your sales representative
(sales@tel-tron.com) to talk about what it takes to be successfully implement a fall prevention strategy.

To learn more about the benefits of Tel-Tron's unique fall management technology, click here.

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Topics: Emergency Call, Customer Success and Support, Resident Safety, seniors, Nurse Call, Assisted Living, compliance, Staff Notification, Emergency Call - Life Safety, Mitigation, Cloud Reporting, Tel-Tron, Auditrak, project management, resident, Resident Wellness, Technology, Reporting, emergency call system

Your residents. They're why I get up in the morning.

Posted by niteowl23

August 15, 2011 11:05:32 AM EDT

As a technical support manager and representative for Tel-Tron, it's easy for me to feel down some days. After all, the only clients I talk to regularly are the people that have problems, and are frustrated. When was the last time you called a product manufacturer's technical support line to tell them how great their product worked? See, I don't get to talk to the 97% of our customers who didn't call technical support in a given day.

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Topics: technical support, Now You Know, Customer Success and Support, seniors, motivation, Resident Wellness, purpose, emergency call system

Never Miss a Staff Rounds Check Again!

Posted by teltroncorp

May 13, 2010 8:47:25 PM EDT

Many senior living operators have a problem. There staff is supposed to be checking on certain residents on a regular basis, but there is no way to prove that it was actually done. A quick software upgrade to your Tel-Tron emergency call system and you can guarantee that you will never miss a room check again.

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Topics: Emergency Call, bed checks, Nurse Call, incontinence, wireless emergency call system, safety, compliance, Staff Notification, rounds, resident, Resident Wellness, emergency call system

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