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How to Catch Resident-to-Resident Aggression Before It’s Too Late

Resident abuse has already spelled disaster for hundreds of nursing homes and assisted living communities. Who will be next? I recently read an article in the Minnesota Star Tribune that was a real eye-opener. It was part of a 3-part series on elder abuse in assisted living communities. The article was called “When Roommates Are the…

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Volunteers Help Fight Senior Loneliness

The COVID-19 pandemic poses so many challenges to seniors such as isolation, loneliness and loss of independence.  It is certainly not easy for anyone, but it has been wonderful to hear how the staff, residents and families are coming up with ingenious solutions to lockdown in long term care and senior living communities all over…

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Do Wearables for Memory Care Residents Actually Work?

Are your residents wearing their wearables? That’s not a trick question. From what I’ve been hearing these days, the answer could just as easily be “no” as “yes”.  But why? There are more systems available now than ever to (purportedly) track behaviors, health, safety, and security.  This is cool stuff, right?  It would seem like…

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Reducing Response Time and Call Volume through Safety Technology

In a recent case study published by the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), the Blake Management Group talks about how they use the Vigil View Reports software to reduce response times, increase resident, staff and family member satisfaction, improve outcomes and reduce costs. About Blake Management Group Blake Management Group, LLC (BMG) is…

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Pagers or Call System Apps. Which is Right for Your Senior Living Community?

Call systems have come a long way from the old school light switches on a pull string that flashed lights and sounded buzzers. Technology advances and a trend toward homelike environments for senior care, have led away from the noxious stimuli of light and sounds, toward silent hand-held devices. These devices have the advantage of…

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How Do Call System Reports Improve Senior Care?

In a recent article on Senior Housing Forum, Susan Saldibar spoke with Jacquie Brennan, Vice President of Operations for Vigil Health Solutions Inc about Call System Reporting and the benefits. Here’s what she learned. Reporting has really gone through a transformation in senior living, especially over the last few years, and no area is more important…

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Are Wireless Call Systems Really Better than Hardwired?

According to a recent National Center for Health Statistics report, only 45.9% of American households still used landlines for their telephones.  This probably isn’t that surprising since increasingly wireless is in and wired is out. The general thought is that wireless is better because it gives you more flexibility, mobility and saves the cost of physical wiring. …

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A Culture of Caring Drives 20 Years in Senior Living Technology

In a recent article on Senior Housing Forum, Susan Saldibar discussed the ways in which culture is driving the success of one senior living technology company.  Here is what Sue had to say… The official purpose of my recent call with Troy Griffiths, CEO for Vigil Health Solutions  (a Senior Housing Forum partner), was to chat about the…

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Privacy vs. Safety for Residents with Alzheimer’s

Do senior living communities need to do a better job of balancing safety with privacy? Well, we all know what can happen when a senior resident forgets to turn off the stove or attempts to walk from point A to point B without a cane or walker. Avoiding these potential disasters is part of what keeps…

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How to Make the Most of Your Training Budget for New Technology Systems

Imagine a new senior living community. To say there is a lot going on is an understatement. Technology and plenty of applications being installed and tested. Everyone getting in everyone else’s way. At some point, someone pulls out a contract that reads something like this: “Ensure all subcontractors provide user manuals and training on [you…

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