Internet WiFi usage in Assisted Living Facilities
The Internet’s role in Assisted Living Facilities
Everybody depends on internet connectivity these days, seniors are no exception. An industry leading, nonpartisan, nonprofit research firm called 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 or email. Of this internet useage, seniors are using the internet for email and 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 can provide your facility a fast, reliable and easy-to-use wireless network for your residents and their guests and visitors. Wanaport can also implement administrative networks for paging, data and voice use as well as helping with your Assisted Living facilities IT infrastructure needs.
Internet WiFi usage in Assisted Living Facilities:
Many facilities across the United States are using networks and WiFi to help their residents enrich their lives as well as allowing the facility to offer more amenities to their residents and visitors:
Easily Accessible WiFi Access
Allows residents to check email, look at photos on Social Media, communicate with friends and family over video conferencing such ask 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 WiFi 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 care 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. Millennials are aging like no other generation before, with a great understanding of technology they have come to depend on. They are down-sizing and moving into communities, where they expect their digital lives will continue uninterrupted. They fully intend to continue 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 its 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 what senior property they transition into. Wanaport understands how important this is and designs, implements and manages senior housing Wi-Fi solutions that keep them happy and reliably connected. If you are building new senior properties, or renewing the infrastructure of existing ones, should you ignore this essential requirement, you do so at your peril.