Internet WiFi usage in Assisted Living Facilities
Internet Wi-Fi usage in Assisted Living Facilities
Wanaport recognizes that Assisted Living is a rapidly growing industry where facilities offer seniors assistance in their daily lives, but also let them maintain their independence. Adults in this age range stay current on the latest technologies and have a strong interest in staying connected online.
The Internet’s role in Assisted Living Facilities
Everybody depends on internet connectivity these days and seniors are no exception. An industry leading nonpartisan, nonprofit research firm, the Pew Research Center, published a detailed study on internet use among seniors. The Pew Internet and American Life Project found that 53% of adults age 65 or older use the internet for email and for social media such as Facebook. Seniors are finding that the internet helps them stay in touch with family and friends close by or reconnecting with old friends far away.
Wanaport can design, implement, and manage a “guest or resident” network for assisted living facilities all across the US. Our expertise in wireless networks provides your facility a fast, reliable and easy-to-use wireless network for your residents, their guests and visitors. Wanaport can also implement administrative networks for paging, data and voice use as well as helping with your assisted living facility’s IT infrastructure needs.
Internet Wi-Fi Usage in Assisted Living Facilities
Many facilities across the United States are using networks and Wi-Fi to help residents enrich their lives by being more connected to family and friends as well as providing them an opportunity to offer additional online amenities to their residents and visitors.
Easily Accessible Wi-Fi Access
Allows residents to check email, look at photos on social media, and to communicate with friends and family over video conferencing such as Skype.
Mobile Devices for Staff Use
Tablets and mobile devices are becoming more common for staff to move around the facility and care for patients. A reliable Wi-Fi network with excellent coverage is key for a mobility strategy at your facility.
Promoting your Assisted Living Facility
Having a robust administrative network will allow your staff to communicate with prospective customers and their families via email, video conferencing and virtual tours. This can educate prospective residents on your facility even if they are not local for an onsite visit.
Include Staff and Family in Meetings
Ever have a need to have a video conference session for a family meeting or healthcare meeting? This is another way your facility can offer additional value to their residents and their families.
There was a time when seniors were viewed as technology challenged. While some of that continues to exist today, it is changing and doing so fairy rapidly. Baby boomers are aging in larger numbers than any other generation before them, with a greater understanding of the technology they have come to rely on. They are down-sizing and moving into communities where they expect their digital lives will continue uninterrupted. They fully intend to keep in touch with their friends and the world as they have during the prior decade. For some, instant communication and news is their focus. For others. it might be gaming and a fair number will continue to work. Wi-Fi is their life line. What that means is they expect seamless, uninterrupted connectivity no matter where they plan to live out their later years. Wanaport understands how important this is and designs, implements and manages senior housing Wi-Fi solutions that keep seniors happy and reliably connected. If you are building new senior housing properties, or renewing the infrastructure of existing ones, you shouldn’t underestimate this essential requirement.
What do seniors and senior housing staff want? It is quite simple really. Seniors want easy, reliable, everywhere connectivity that will run virtually any application, without any dropped connections. They also want an on-boarding process that is simple, intuitive and without the need to call support if they have issues. Senior housing staff want a robust, high-reliability, high performance Wi-Fi solution that eliminates customer complaints and is easy to use and manage. That is exactly what Wanaport delivers.