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Happier Senior Living Communities with Safer Residents

Posted by Karen O'Hara

November 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM EDT

Running a senior living community may raise a copious amount of concerns, but above all of these, the number one priority is resident safety. When a new resident joins a community, safety can be of an even greater concern. Without fully knowing an individual, you may not yet be aware of all their specific needs or limitations.

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Topics: Resident Wellness, Senior Living

The Importance of Engagement in Resident Retention

Posted by Karen O'Hara

October 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM EDT

Senior living communities spend months trying to figure out how to attract new residents. Sales and marketing teams work trying to understand a residents’ needs and how they can offer solutions to those needs. Eventually, the new resident and their family decide that it is time to make the move into a senior living community, putting their trust in the community to take care of their loved one. After a considerable amount of effort by the sales team on the front end, they have successfully attracted a new resident, but what has the rest of the community done to prepare for this move in? It is vital that a senior living community put just as much effort into resident retention as they did in getting seniors into their community.

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Topics: Resident Wellness, Social Interaction

Technology Adoption Tips for Resident Safety

Posted by Valerie Stephen

September 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM EDT

It is essential to your resident safety that the seniors in your senior living community adapt to accessible technology. Newer technology may be intimidating for older generations to begin using, but a lot of it is also be very beneficial.

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Topics: Technology, Resident Wellness

The Use Of E-Call Pendants and Resident Well-Being

Posted by Karen O'Hara

June 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM EDT

There are various benefits to using e-call pendants for residents’ well-being and safety. At Silversphere, safety and security are one of our primary objectives. This can be seen in the implementation and training of call systems in use with data access and management. These variables all go hand in hand with the safety of seniors worldwide. What other factors push pendants into being an astounding safety feature?

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Topics: Emergency Call System, Resident Wellness

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

Resolutions For Your Senior Living Community

Posted by Kaleb Scharmahorn

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, Independence, Assisted Living, Life Safety Solutions, Tel-Tron, memory care, Resident Wellness, Independent living, Emergency Call System

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, Senior Health, Resident Wellness, Independent living, Emergency Call System

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, Independence, Assisted Living, Senior Health, Resident Wellness, Technology, Independent living, Emergency Call System

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: Resident Wellness, Technology, Emergency Call System

Do You Have a Program Designed to Reduce Fall Risk?

Posted by Malcolm Graham

February 14, 2012 12:12:33 PM EST

 

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

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