Wander management

It’s National Assisted Living Week® and it’s serendipitous that this year’s theme is “Keep Connected” because getting and staying connected is exactly what the STANLEY Healthcare Customer Conference for our senior living customers is about. 

This week is “National Patient Safety Awareness Week”, and the ideal time to reflect on the risks to patients and senior living care residents in healthcare facilities across the country.

In our booths at ALFA and LeadingAge this year, we surveyed attendees to help us identify trends and requirements for resident safety and security solutions.  This information is critical for us to understand our senior living customers, develop our roadmap and future product design to meet their needs.  The survey report contains data from 72 organizations, 83 individuals and 20 specialties and

The STANLEY Healthcare team is gearing up for the 2013 LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Expo, October 28-30 in Dallas, TX.  We are bringing Brendalee Piironen, Executive Director of The Wales Home to speak directly with other senior living community EDs about their award-winning Wi-Fi based RTLS for Campus-Wide Resident Safety.  We’re also hosting several short

Many, perhaps most, senior care communities are familiar with wandering management systems to protect Alzheimer’s sufferers or others with dementia. Typically, these systems monitor exits to prevent a resident leaving unescorted. But there is no visibility on the resident when they are away from an exit. In recent years, this technology has evolved quite a bit, and it is now possible to locate a resident at any time.

The transition to a long term care home can be difficult for the individual and their family. Even if the move is voluntary, it is still a big change to a new environment with many unfamiliar faces. Family members have an important role to play in ensuring that this life change is successful. This applies to physical safety every bit as much as emotional wellbeing, particularly if the individual is frail and therefore at risk of falling, or might be prone to wandering. For the facility, what this means is that you should be ready to recruit family as part of your safety team.

There’s an excellent article in the January edition of Long-Term Living discussing trends in technology for senior care.

For a couple of decades now, senior care facilities have invested in radio-frequency-based systems to protect residents at risk of wandering. Typically, the resident wears a small tag on the wrist or ankle that triggers an alarm if they approach a monitored exit. This kind of targeted protection to residents who need it enables homes to remain, well… homelike! No need for locked doors or other restrictions of movement.