How COVID-19 Made Assisted Living Technologies a Must

Senior friends playing chess in a nursing home.

When you think of assisted or senior living, you might not immediately consider it 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.

A senior woman uses a tablet in her home.

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 extra entertainment throughout the day, WellBe is here to help.

What WellBe Assisted Living Technology Can Do for Your Residents

According to the Pew Research Center, most 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 for assisted living communities. 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 senior living technology a step further, using voice-recognition technology to provide instant access to information and services, including:

Senior man uses an at-home healthcare pulse measuring device.

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

To help keep seniors and their loved ones connected, the WellBe Smart 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. This senior living technology solution provides a voice-activated smart speaker or a smartphone that 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. Before 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.

Woman giving senior woman introduction to the internet with a tablet computer.

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.

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 to keep them safe and support their healthcare needs. In fact, the pandemic has spurred exponential growth in medical technology development to eliminate 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

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 Technologies

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 your care. For more information on the benefits of senior care technology, download our free e-book, The Senior Living Community Guide to Senior-Focused Technology.

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