Technology can be a great thing when it is put to use in a dementia care setting by both the residents and staff, resulting in an enormous list of benefits. Not only is it something that streamlines and improves the quality of resident care, it allows treatment to be more resident-focused than ever.
Perhaps one of the most important things to look for when considering a retirement home is the quality of care, and the innovations utilized by the home to improve it. Technology should be used to help create a healthy environment, as it enhances and supports safety, security and the activities of daily life. For example, at One Kenton Place, any high risk resident will have a camera placed in their room with the video feed being transmitted to one of our nursing staff, so that we can monitor and prevent potential injuries.
Another one of the revolutionary technologies we employ in the home is the ‘Versus Monitoring System’. Versus allows us to visually and graphically locate and identify any individual who is in the building. The system ensures that our residents can freely and safely explore their environment. Doorways within the residence are auto-closing and in-line with fire code regulations. Programmable key fobs, swipe cards and electronic door mag locks provide selective access for staff, families and visitors to main exits and stairwells, maintaining the residents’ freedom to walk and explore throughout the interior of the home. To further enhance the use of this system, we recently installed monitors throughout the home that staff and family members could use to locate anyone with a Versus Badge.
We also seek out researchers and scientists who are actively investigating and developing novel technologies geared to adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia. This year we completed a study in conjunction with a research team that have developed robotics and artificial intelligence systems for application in a home environment. Our residents have been able to interact in activities with Ludwig the robot, who will in turn respond to their feedback. This technology allows for the analysis of speech patterns and can signal caregivers when subtle changes may be an indication of disease progression.
Design features within the residence such as floor-specific colour schemes, automatic shut-off faucets and light fixtures on motion sensors have all been integrated into the home, with the purpose of creating a safe and comfortable environment for the person living with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia.
Through the technologies and techniques utilized at One Kenton Place every single day, we can say with certainty that we consistently deliver resident centered care, and that we’re truly “High Touch and High Tech”.