Five Ways to Ensure Quality Eldercare While Reducing Costs

With more of our aging population choosing to stay at home, solutions that address in-home care are needed. Here is how Mitel’s single communications suite can ensure a highly connected and more independent approach to senior care:

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1. ENABLING ACCESS CONTROL FOR SAFE, SECURE ENVIRONMENTS

For many elderly patients who live at home, getting up to answer the door can be physically challenging. Plus there’s the question of security, as they don’t want to let just anyone in their home. Mitel eldercare solutions can facilitate Access Control providing the ability to simply and professionally control the door being opened with an access card, remotely or through a mobile app. The patient or the family can use the online portal to indicate who has access to their home. This solution can also be used in care facilities, to prevent challenges faced by healthcare workers in time of emergencies such as dealing with heavy key chains, losing time looking for the right keys, and confusion about access before being able to provide help. For many care facilities, access management is an important part of their working process. Who has what key, which patients can enter which rooms, what happens if somebody moves, or needs care? Mitel eldercare solutions simplify these challenges with Access Control.

2. FINDING PEACE OF MIND WITH PERSONAL ALARMS
One of the biggest concerns elderly patients is how to get help if they fall or get injured. Mitel eldercare solutions include a mobile app, alarm transmitters and alarm bands for patients that live at home. If a patient falls and is injured, they can send an alert, which is transmitted to the care center. With personal mobile/wearable devices, the elderly can feel safe wherever they are because if they send an alert, receive an instant response and their location data will be transmitted to the care center that
will send help.

3. DELIVERING PATIENT CARE VIA VIDEO
The underlying principle is simple: the patient presses a button to make contact with a homecare worker, a psychologist, or other care professional via a mobile screen or a fixed screen. A homecare worker can, for example, check from a distance that a patient is taking the right medication. The homecare worker can also pass on simple instructions to the patient’s partner or neighbor on, for example, how to administer medication. Screen-to-screen communication can also be used to enhance the patient’s sense of well being such as a brief chat in the morning to find out if the patient has slept well.

4. STAYING CONNECTED ONSITE OR THROUGH THE CLOUD
A sense of safety is invaluable and so is the ability to easily collaborate with a caregiver in case of emergency or if a question arises. Mitel eldercare solutions include on-premises and cloud based versions to connect all messaging, access and other signalling safety together. This enables responsible parties in intramural and extramural care settings, such as volunteers, informal caregivers, professionals and response centers to always be connected with their patients.

5. MIGRATING AT YOUR OWN PACE WITH OPEN APIS
At top-of-mind for many healthcare organizations is how to leverage existing IT investments when implementing new technology. Mitel eldercare solutions provide Open APIs, so IT managers can seamlessly and gradually migrate to new solutions while retaining technology with existing technology. Examples of systems that can be connected to Mitel eldercare solutions include fire alert systems, video communications, alert messaging devices and more, and include systems, which have
been deployed in the cloud. The Open API framework is backwards compatible, enabling care providers to connect to older versions of technology.

 

Eldercare solutions leverage cloud and mobile technology in and outside the walls of an elderly care home, consisting of an ecosystem of alarm messaging devices, mobile applications and delivering seamless integration with third party solutions. These solutions connect care providers and family; allowing family, neighbors and professionals to effectively share caregiving responsibilities; linking networks (doctors, hospitals, and clinics) to eldercare patients.

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