The nursing homes of the future will require two key themes for success: care and technology.
In a time of continued blockades and restrictions, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel when our frontline healthcare staff and nursing home patients receive their COVID vaccines.
But in the meantime, loneliness continues to kill.
You may think that care is self-explanatory, a basic human need. Care and isolation require a delicate balance to ensure that all older people have enough time with others. If not, they have an extreme risk of suicide, depression and increased health complications. In fact, loneliness has been measured to increase mortality to a shocking 400%.
What can we do?
Some progress of remark:
- Ava Voice Assistant, a voice-activated smart speaker that enables easy communication between residents, family members and caregivers – all while being socially distanced.
- Internal dialysis with technology such as Dialyze Direct has been able to reduce infections and hospital stays in nursing homes.
- Virtual reality has a moment in the nursing home industry. Imagine traumatic brain injury through virtual reality systems. What may sound like science fiction quickly becomes a reality and gives a whole new life for some seniors.
I recently discussed innovation driven by rich media and digital marketing with my colleague Karina Tama, founder of Senior Care Clicks. She calls some of the new tools “easy ways to help seniors feel loved and cared for, and it’s just the medicine they need to keep them emotionally strong and healthy.”
And as the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Visual communication that further helps to explain new technology to the uninitiated (as well as the experts) is becoming increasingly important.
If you want to learn more about how care and technology intersect, check it out here visual resource from Wayne Center, a care and rehabilitation facility in New York that puts premiums on technology. It argues for a new standard for technology that improves care in nursing homes.
Brian Wallace is the founder and president of NowSourcing, an industry-leading infographic design firm based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, working with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s.
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