RTLS: Providing a Special Kind of Care for Memory Care Units

For those loved ones showing signs of memory loss, families may find themselves feeling overwhelmed and incapable of providing the care necessary for treatment. Those suffering from symptoms of diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia are likely to need a very high level of hands-on care, as well as a safe and forgiving environment should they feel confused or frustrated. Some families may struggle to provide these things within the comfort of their own home and in many cases they opt for the help of a professional establishment.

These families depend on healthcare facilities to provide their loved ones with the type of care that a close family member or friend could, given the right circumstances, and keep these residents safe while also giving them the highest quality of life possible. They also trust caregivers to exercise extreme patience in moments in confusion.

While many facilities have an adequate amount of highly-trained and compassionate staff to provide quality care for these residents, sometimes there just aren’t enough people to provide the most optimal environment for those struggling with moments of confusion. residents struggling with Alzheimer’s and dementia may have a tendency to wander, and when there is only one healthcare professional for every three residents, it can be close to impossible to adequately monitor the location of each resident to the level their family members may want… until now.

With RTLS technology, it is possible for senior care facilities to monitor residents at all times of the day or night without even stepping foot in their room. This ability, paired with the option to set customized alerts based on movement, is truly a game-changer for wander and/or dementia units.  RTLS real-time and historical reporting also allows facilities and families to see how much time their loved one is spending with staff, along with response time to calls for assistance.

When a resident is wearing a location-enabled tag, healthcare professionals have the ability to know where they are at all times, making it easy to tell if they are safe in their rooms or on the move. These locating systems are constantly working in real-time, allowing staff to get up-to-date information and pull reports regarding their movements to share with family members if needed.

But what happens when nobody is viewing the monitoring software and a resident begins to wander into another resident room, an exit area or stairwell? With location-based alerts, staff members will be notified immediately, allowing them to safely move the resident back to the safety and comfort of their own room instantly. This prevents accidents that could be detrimental to the resident’s progress or health, including notifying staff if two residents that may be combative are in the same location, or if a resident is currently in a location where no activities are taking place and staff is not within eyesight.

Ultimately, families who make the decision to move a loved one into a memory care unit, place their faith in the hands of that facility’s staff members, and it is that facility’s responsibility to provide a level of care that is second-to-none for its residents. If your memory care unit or healthcare facility is looking for new ways to provide an efficient and improved safety solution, schedule a demo with ZulaFly today!

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