February 14, 2012 12:12:33 PM EST
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
January 12, 2012 10:00:05 AM EST
Are Senior Living Management Teams Out of Touch? The Senior Care Investor www.seniorcareinvestor.com thinks so. In a year where many strong companies in our market grew at an impressive clip, others faltered. During these periods of growth the challenges of bringing on new buildings in different states of disrepair, staff members from different performance cultures, and resident occupancy varying greatly by geographical market have restricted earning potential for even the industry leaders. To steal a quote from the SeniorCare Investor’s most recent publication, “When someone figures out how to profitably run a large chain but maintain a mom and pop feel, then that company will top the return lists every year.” Whether you are the mom and pop provider or you're trying to create that feeling within your community, personal attention to detail and a level of concern for the quality of life and security of your residents is what creates the “I’m home” feeling.
Being there when a resident needs you, responding with the same passion you would to your own family, being able to know when you miss and make it right; these are just the first steps to creating the feeling of home. You’ve got dinner, the air conditioning, the community bus, and putting green to worry about. Let us tell you when to worry about a resident’s security and emergency health needs require your attention. Let us take care of the compliance to your internal policies.
There is amazing new and innovative technology being created every day by us and companies like ours that goes under-utilized. Many of you already own it and just aren't taking advantage of what you've already bought. All you have to do is invest the time to better understand how knowing what you don’t know can change the lives of your residents.
Here's a quick tip to ensure that your key team members are really in touch with what happens at the front lines of your communities. Follow the steps below to enable a notification sent directly to your cell phone every time a resident waits more than ten minutes for assistance. You may think your front line is staffed appropriately and responding with the same passion you would, but this will let you know for sure.
Log into your Auditrak reporting package at www.auditrak.com and select the My Auditrak tab.
Select the Contact Methods link on your My Auditrak page and ensure that your contact information is correct.
If I were interested in Emergency Call events I would select that option from the list, it's the last item listed in the above image, then select the option for Report after and change the value to 10 minutes. If I select SMS as the notification option I will now receive a notification every time an Emergency Call at the selected community reaches 10 minutes without being responded to by the staff onsite. This will give any executive a real time feel for what's happening at the community level. Allowing you to intervene and change the experience of your residents in nearly real time can make the difference between the feeling of home and the feeling that they are alone an uncared for.
If you’re interested in having a discussion or seeing a demonstration about how the systems you already own can allow your team to better focus their time on what matters most and ensure that leaders in your company know when things aren’t right on the front lines send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 386-523-1078 so we can start the changes today.
Topics: Customer Success and Support, Resident Safety, Nurse Call, Assisted Living, compliance, Staff Notification, Mitigation, Cloud Reporting, Tel-Tron, Auditrak, project management, resident, Reporting, Emergency Call System, In the Cloud, Senior Living
August 9, 2011 9:26:53 AM EDT
Tel-Tron powers the systems technology at roughly 1,000 retirement communities, improving the quality of life for over 100,000 residents. We work with over 200 senior living clients and have a very long-term understanding of the good, bad and ugly of senior housing management. I've been tempted to start a blog series on things I would do if I owned a senior living company or community. Given the challenges we've helped folks through this week, that temptation is growing harder and harder to resist.
July 11, 2010 8:32:16 AM EDT
Let’s say you operate a large assisted living property that spans several buildings over several acres. Maybe even an entire gated community with hundreds of detached cottages and casitas. Chances are your first responders to emergency call events will be your security staff who typically will carry portable, two-way radios that operate in the 400 to 470 MHz licensed frequency spectrum, possibly using repeaters to span your property. To annunciate emergency calls to two-way radios, we offer text-to-speech voice and, in the case of the very cool MOTOTRBO, text messages that appear on the radio handset.
June 7, 2010 9:22:28 AM EDT
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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.