The Value of RTLS in Wander or Dementia Units

 

What are some of the stiffest day-to-day challenges that healthcare leaders face when it comes to running a wander or dementia unit? As with any facility that is caring for elderly loved ones, combating against moments of confusion is one them.

Long-term memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia require a special level of professional care and attention. Patients can easily become confused even when taking routine trips to and from their room to a lunch area, bathroom, or other section of the care facility.

Staff members who work in facilities such as these are tasked around the clock with ensuring the safety and security of these individuals. Residents who are facing challenges with their memory can quickly find themselves in unfamiliar territory. In some instances, locations such as stairwells, elevators, or the outdoors can become simply dangerous.

For these reasons, senior living facilities will often focus a high concentration of staff members on wander or dementia units. However, these staff members cannot be everywhere at once. How can they ensure safety and security of patients in every moment and at every turn?

The RTLS advantage in wander and dementia units

Real-Time Locating System platforms are quickly becoming a must-have for wander or dementia units. Systems such as ZulaFly’s Fuzion provide a ready-made solution to knowing exactly where all patients are at all times.

One of the primary advantages of an RTLS solution is the capability for a location-based alert that goes to staff members the instant a resident has roamed to an area of the building that’s not appropriate (such as an exit, stairwell, elevator, or the wrong living quarters). Within seconds, the appropriate care professional can direct the resident back to a safe area of the facility.

Reliable RTLS technology can be a game-changer in other aspects of memory care unit, as well.

What if two residents are in close proximity to each other and they’re not supposed to be? What if a resident leaves his or her room in the middle of the night? Fuzion’s robust rules engine helps staff members know, with precision, when these instances happen.

Additionally, RTLS platforms such as Fuzion can track staff data that ensures each resident is getting the appropriate length and quality of care on a daily basis. This allows healthcare systems to proactively communicate with the loved ones of a memory unit patient, putting them at ease knowing they’re getting the level of care they deserve.

A solution built with a robust system of reports and analytics, Fuzion takes the daily movements and machinations of your memory unit and brings them to life. It allows you to not only use RTLS data to make real-time decisions, but it also allows you to take a look back at your information and use it to develop future strategies, taking you to that coveted realm of next-level service.

Families who make the difficult decision to transition a loved one to a memory care unit place utmost faith in the hands of the care provider. ZulaFly understands the importance of communication to provide comfort in this relationship.

RTLS helps makes this conversation happen.

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