How COVID-19 Made Assisted Living Technologies a Must

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Happy seniors play chess together in the game area of a senior living community.

Senior woman in an assisted living home uses a tablet for video chatting with a loved one.When you think of assisted or senior living, you might not immediately think of it as a tech-driven industry. After all, it’s commonly assumed that older adults are resistant to technology and may even go out of their way to avoid it. 

The fact is, neither of these misconceptions is true. Assisted living technologies are not only being implemented—but are also being embraced—by seniors and their caregivers. As more Baby Boomers retire and opt for living spaces that maintain their freedom, the need to integrate more senior living technology solutions is more urgent than ever. From healthcare to communication, entertainment, dining, and more, technology has become a vital link between seniors and their sense of freedom and independence. 

HandsFree Health is at the forefront of the senior living technological revolution. Our WellBe® Smart Speaker can become another member of your staff, improving the service provided in your community and the safety of your residents. Whether your residents need answers to questions, reminders about medication, or activities—or want some extra entertainment throughout the day—WellBe is here to help.

What WellBe Assisted Living Technology Can Do for Your Residents 

Senior man checks his heart rate on a watch during a workout at an assisted living community.According to the Pew Research Center, a majority of people over age 65 have and use smartphones, and they see them as a vital connection to the world and a tool that supports their freedom. And, there’s already an abundance of technology in senior living facilities, as residents use their tablets and smartphones for everything from video chatting with friends and family to playing games, watching movies, and reading. 

The WellBe Smart Speaker takes this technology a step further, using voice-recognition technology to provide instant access to information and services, including:

  • Curated health information 
  • Timed medication and appointment reminders 
  • Weather forecasts 
  • Audiobooks and music 

And, to help keep seniors and their loved ones connected, the WellBe Speaker works with the Virtual Assistant app, which allows your residents to customize their profile with contact information for friends and family and individual health information. Using the voice-activated smart speaker or a smartphone makes it easy for them to stay in touch, stay on track, and stay engaged. 

Aligning With Senior Living Trends 

There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed senior living and assisted living homes. Prior to 2020, senior living communities focused on offering amenities from fitness centers and social activities to five-star dining rooms.  

As a result of the pandemic, that focus has changed. What are the recent trends in assisted living? Assisted living and senior communities are now—more than ever before—seen as part of the healthcare continuum. 

In the face of COVID, communities are focused on their residents’ well-being and keeping them safe. Protecting senior health is now the foundation of any assisted living community, with amenities and services layered on to add value. 

A middle-aged woman shows an older female senior with a cane how to use assisted living technology on a tablet. For many seniors, a commitment to safety goes hand in hand with technological offerings. They expect communities to provide access to assisted living technologies and tools that will keep them safe and support their healthcare needs. In fact, the pandemic has spurred exponential growth in medical technology development, with the goal of eliminating barriers to accessing necessary care and interaction with others. 

WellBe helps you meet this expectation. The HIPAA-compliant platform supports medication adherence and compliance with automatic alerts, with the capability to monitor vital information, including:

  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood glucose
  • Temperature
  • Weight

And, when residents have questions or need information, all they need to do is activate the speaker. For example, they can ask:

  • “WellBe, what’s for dinner this evening?”
  • “WellBe, is it time to take my medication?”
  • “WellBe, play some music.”
  • “WellBe, call Bill.”

Turn to HandsFree Health For Help Following Trends in Assisted Living 

WellBe also makes it easy for caregivers to check in on their loved ones using the app, providing extra peace of mind. They can monitor their loved one’s health and well-being even at a distance, supporting better safety and overall continuity of care. 

WellBe is easy to install and even easier to use and keeps your staff, residents, and families engaged with seniors’ health and well-being. Schedule a demo of the assisted living technology today, and learn more about how you can meet resident expectations and improve the quality of the care you provide. 

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