State-of-the art communications technology is essential to deliver quality resident care.
By Jane Kincaid
State-of-the-art communications technology is essential to deliver quality resident care. A reliable and instantaneous communication tool can also mean the difference between safety and life-threatening danger during an emergency situation.
Cornell Communications (a Senior Housing Forum Partner) provides leading-edge emergency and care communication systems for senior living, outpatient medical buildings, schools, and multi-story properties. The company’s inform technology offers cutting-edge nurse call communications systems in wireless and wired packages.
Proving the Case
Four case studies based on Cornell client experiences illustrate how inform helps providers stay on top of nurse calls and resident satisfaction at the same time.
Rosemark at Mayfair Park, a Denver assisted living and memory care community needed a nurse-call system that could integrate with wander management technology. Rosemark chose inform’s wireless nurse-call system because it provides two-way communication through iPods and laptops.
“The ability to text for help is big with caregivers because they don’t have to leave the resident to find assistance,” explained Rosemark’s Health and Wellness Director Jennifer Townsend.
The system also assisted Rosemark in allocating resources more effectively to meet service demands. “Integrating all our systems into inform, I get an accurate picture of staff activity such as types of calls, high call times, response times, and more,” said Townsend.
Mobility Key to Safety and Security
Angel’s Touch Assisted Living in Green Bay, Wisc., which specializes in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, also opted for an inform package that relies on a mobile, touchscreen-based resident/nurse call communication system. Sheila Steinfeldt, co-owner of the community and a long-term care nurse, was especially impressed by the system’s flexibility and ability to improve safety and security. “I especially liked inform’s mobility,” she said. “Now I can connect with staff by iPod, iPad, and desktop,” she explained.
inform’s reporting capabilities also made it an indispensable management tool. “I use reporting for staff accountability and to field complaints,” explained Steinfeldt. “If a family has a question or a complaint about their loved one’s request for assistance, I show the data to families and show prospective families how inform ensures that the resident is safe and secure,” she says.
Christian Living Communities (CLC) in Greenwood Village, Colorado upgraded to inform as a way to improve service delivery. Resident and family satisfaction survey results had revealed that more detailed and reliable information was needed to improve service delivery.
inform offered a solution through its ability to keep track of which resident made a call, where the call came from, when the call was placed, which care associate responded to the call, and how long it took to respond. inform not only helped deliver a higher level of care at CLC, but it also helped motivate teams to perform their best.
“Communication flow has improved and teamwork has improved because they can text or call via the device without leaving the resident,” says CLC’s Director of Skilled Nursing, Laura Roedema-Bliek.
inform is the system more facility managers are relying on to ensure quality service delivery in increasingly sophisticated care environments. Key features include a mobile, feature-rich system; real-time documentation; improved care response time; and effective staff communication.
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