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At Feridean Commons, an independent and assisted living community in Westerville, OH, less than half the residents own computers and even fewer would claim to be “tech-savvy.” However, every single one of the approximately 110 residents has an iPad-based kiosk in his or her home or room and uses it frequently and enthusiastically. “The technology is certainly cool and cutting-edge,” says Katharine Ross of the Seniors Guide In June 2015, Feridean Commons installed iPad-based kiosks in residents’ homes to help them stay connected—with each other, with staff, with friends and family, and with what’s going on around them. With a simple touch of a button and/or voice (no typing), residents can check in with staff in the morning (one click communicates that they’re “OK”), make plans with a fellow resident, find out what’s on the menu for lunch, schedule transportation or a repair in their homes, or read and respond to emails from their grandkids. No tech skills necessary! The community can also use the iPads, which remain on in residents’ homes 24/7, to deliver announcements about mail delivery, weather alerts, community activities and more. About this “Jetsons”-esque technology, vice president and general manager at Feridean Commons, Ron Pyle, explains, “Residents and staff are enthusiastic about being able to communicate with each other, and residents and families are excited to stay in closer touch, especially those who live long distances away.” Part of the SARA (Situational Awareness and Response Assistant) automated alerting engine that the community implemented in 2010 to centralize monitoring, alerting and reporting for two nurse call systems, these iPads are just one of the many services Feridean Commons plans to roll out […]
It may be difficult for you to admit that you need a little help with meal preparation, medications and maybe even getting in and out of the shower these days. Most of all, it’s hard to think about leaving your home. But don’t worry; Assisted Living communities in Dayton and the Miami Valley area work hard to make that transition a little easier for you. Click Here to Browse Assisted Living Communities in Dayton, Ohio! A Helping Hand In a nutshell, Assisted Living communities combine the help you need with the independence you cherish. In a home-like setting, seniors receive help with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as meals, bathing, dressing, housekeeping and medication management; however, as the name implies, it’s just assistance and not control. Explains Elmcroft Senior Living in Dayton in Washington Township and Xenia, “While we offer a helping hand with day-to-day tasks, assisted living residents are treated as the accomplished individuals they are. Each has the freedom of choosing their own agenda and activities, while feeling secure in knowing that we’re always there to provide support should they need it.” Customized to Your Needs Assisted Living isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Services are tailored specifically to what each resident needs. You’ll have help getting dressed each day and getting around your apartment, if you need it. However, if you only need someone to remind you to take your medicine and to look in on you, that level of service is available to you, too. It’s important to note, however, that Assisted Living communities only provide medical monitoring, rather than medical care. Should residents need extra support, such as home healthcare, Brookdale […]