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31 May TOP 10 WAYS TO USE DIGITAL SIGNAGE IN ASSISTED LIVING

Digital signage is more than just another TV in your senior living community. It can engage your residents, motivate them to participate in activities, inform them of important events and make them laugh! Wondering how? Here are our top 10 ways of most effectively using digital signage to improve YOUR assisted living facility.

  1. Post Photos and Videos of Events at your Community

Have you recently held a fun activity at your retirement community? We’re sure you have! If you took any photos or videos, be sure to post them on your community TV and residence portal. It only takes a few minutes, but residents will greatly enjoy seeing themselves and their companions on a TV screen. We receive wonderful feedback on this feature quite often – take advantage!

  1. Need to Relay Important Info Quickly? Draft a Message in Seconds!

Maybe your retirement home or long term care facility just had an outbreak on floor 2. Or mail has been delivered and is ready for pickup. Or maybe someone came in with a large box of cookies. Whatever the case may be, you want to let everyone know as soon as possible. (Well, maybe not for the box of cookies). All you have to do is add a message to your TV channel in a few seconds – and it’ll be up automatically! Did we mention you can access the InTouchLink system from ANY device as long as you have an internet connection? You can’t go wrong!

  1. Customize Your Channel with your Logo and Brand Colours

The beauty of your InTouchLink TV is that it’s your TV, your channel. Change the clock to your brand colour, post your logo at the top, change the font, and change the layout. The possibilities are endless, and better yet – they’re easy. You can also use your TV as an assisted living marketing tool for your community – welcoming all prospects and showing them everything that is amazing about your community.

  1. Post Special Events Coming Up that your Residents can look forward to

One of the beauties of life is being able to look forward to something. If you have a special event coming up (Father’s Day BBQ, anyone?), make sure to let your residents know by posting it on your InTouchLink TV channel. You can even customize it with your own background image and any information that you would like to add!

  1. Post some Humour and other fun things!

How boring life would be without having the occasional laugh! Try posting a humorous quote or even a funny video to your assisted living TV channel! We suggest searching for Just for Laughs Gags videos or America’s Funniest Home Videos on YouTube. A wonderful feature of the InTouchLink system is that it’s super easy to post a video. Just search for something you like on YouTube, then link it back to your channel (it only takes 30 seconds!).

You can also post monthly or weekly fun facts. For example, the origins of the name of the Month (did you know the name May might have originated from the Greek Maia, meaning goddess of spring?). Other ideas include the birthstone of the month, or famous celebrity birthdays or events that occurred in history in that week or month.

  1. Celebrate, Celebrate, Celebrate!

Never miss a chance to celebrate! Celebrate anniversaries, birthdays or any other special occasions by posting a short description and photo. Why not spread the joy ?!

  1. Weather Forecast

Ensure that your residents are always prepared for the weather (even if you live in Canada where there is no preparing for the weather, ever). Just like everything else we do – we make this easy peezy lemon squeezy. You can configure an automatic weather forecast to appear on the TV and choose from a variety of options such as a several day forecast or just a daily forecast. You only need to do it once and then you’re set! In fact, we add it in to your base channel when you first start up! (But you can always change the format).

  1. Local Events

There’s always something going on in the local community. Why not encourage everyone to get involved? Community-wide events build a sense of home and happiness. And festivals and fairs are fun for the whole family – more opportunities for grandparents to spend time with their grandkids! You can post a photo and a description on your channel in minutes and allow everyone to join in on the fun.

  1. Shift Schedule

Keep your residents informed by posting a shift schedule of nurses or other staff on duty for the day. They will appreciate knowing who is in their home and when, especially in cases where they may have a question or comment for a particular person.

  1. RSS Feeds

Just another great way to ensure that all your residents stay in the know! You can link a multitude of RSS feeds to your channel that will produce highlights from the latest sports or local and international news. Similar to the weather forecast, you need only do this once and your channel will do the rest! Isn’t technology great?

Digital Signage is not the end of what you can do for your residents; it’s just the beginning! Have your residents and your families login to a dedicated resident portal to keep up to date with everything going on even when they’re not in the building!

Freshly joined or seasoned veteran – we are always here for our clients. Need some extra training? Can’t figure something out? Want to learn about new features? Give us a call or send us an email. We’re happy to help – no ifs, ands or fees about it.

Don’t have digital signage yet? The technology of the future is waiting for you. Stay one step (or ten) ahead of the competition with the right tools to increase engagement and efficiency in your community. We’re happy to offer a free demo to show you more about how the system works. Head to https://www1.intouchlink.com/book-a-demo/ to book a free no-obligation demo today!

17 May Activity Calendar for Seniors Citizens

Do your activities staff spend more time than they should preparing their daily or monthly event or activity calendars?

Are you looking for a way to increase efficiencies in your assisted living facility?

Do you want a fresh, modern and efficient way to display all your activities, special events, photos and other relevant information to your residents?

Join Ceren, one of our leading Training and Support Coordinators as she gives a quick demonstration of some of the ways you can use InTouchLink to quickly design and print calendars in seconds! You can print a monthly Activity Calendar to give out to all your residents, and you can also print a daily activity calendar to post around your building.

Of course, you can also use your own custom TV channel for your community to display menus, activities, photos, birthdays, anniversaries, thoughts of the day, weather, news etc.

 

09 May Common Flaws to Avoid in Senior Housing Design

Throughout our extensive experience providing custom TV channels to senior living communities such as assisted living facilities, retirement homes etc., we have noticed that an often overlooked design flaw is the poor coordination of the outlets and wiring associated with TV units. Wall-mounted TVs are becoming increasingly popular as they free up valuable space. There are however a few important notes to consider when utilizing this type technology in your senior residence, community or assisted living facility.

The location of the TV, and accordingly the wires and outlets, are of utmost importance. When we see wires running up and down the wall, it is not only unsightly but also poses a hazard in senior communities. With an assisted living TV for example, residents may fiddle with the wires and risk electric shock. To avoid this issue, you may choose to use a simple cable cover or have the wires run through the wall with an in-wall cover and power kit.

Other issues that we come across are when a TV protrudes too far out from the wall or is too high up and out of reach. To prevent these issues, you can use a recessed wall plug to ensure that the TV is mounted close to the wall or alternatively, the TV can be placed inside a built-in piece of furniture or over a table or dresser.

After all, we want to ensure that everyone in our senior living communities and assisted living facilities are safe, healthy and happy!

 

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Hiding Wiring on a Wall Mounted TV

Click Here if you would like to read more about common flaws in senior housing design or Here to learn about more ways to hide unsightly plugs behind wall-mounted TVs.

04 Jan Top Apps for Seniors !

Senior citizens are one of the fastest growing demographics to embrace technology. And with good reason! It has been proven that with the right repertoire of apps, mobile technologies can create major lifestyle improvements for seniors. Check out the links below for a list of nifty apps that cover everything from entertainment to health!

Sunrise Senior Living Blog’s Top 20 Apps for Senior Citizens

Keystone Technologies’ 11 Essential Apps Every Senior Should Have

Good Samaritan Society’s 15 Great Apps for Seniors

18 Dec New Study shows a 50% Improvement in Resident Satisfaction after Installing InTouchLink

  • Prior to implementing InTouchLink, 94% of communities reported issues in communication. These issues are a root cause of extreme dissatisfaction from residents and their families.
  • A study conducted on the implementation of InTouchLink shows dramatic improvements in both communication within the community and the satisfaction ratings of staff, residents and their families.
  • The implementation of an all-in-one technological platform has the ability to greatly influence a community’s capacity to manage multiple functions efficiently, successfully retain staff and residents, and improve overall effectiveness.

Below, you will find more details of this ground-breaking study:


 

North America’s Leading All-In-One LTC Technology Solution

Although the use of technology in the Senior Living sector is a necessity, it has increasingly become a burden. Technology can be time-consuming and inefficient, and there is a demand for simple one-stop solutions. Studies have found that deficiencies in communication between management and staff as well as the community and its residents have been recognized in 94% of communities. InTouchLink strives to provide senior living communities with the tools to increase communication between all parties, train employees efficiently and improve overall operational effectiveness. In order to prove that a robust and comprehensive software platform can deliver the aforementioned benefits, a study was conducted with focus groups in 11 retirement communities and 18 long term care homes across North America.

Participants were asked to complete a survey before and after the implementation of InTouchLink. The survey showed that prior to the introduction of InTouchLink, 88% of residents and families were extremely dissatisfied with communication and viewed this as the most significant factor in their overall experience with the community. After the implementation of InTouchLink, satisfaction improved dramatically. 62% of respondents rated communication as very good or better and 52% noted a marked improvement in communication amongst staff and residents and their families. Staff spent less time on the management of daily resident requests and resident families were extremely satisfied with the remote access capabilities of the software. In conclusion, the implementation of an all-in-one technological platform has the ability to greatly influence a community’s capacity to manage multiple functions efficiently, successfully retain staff and residents, and improve overall effectiveness.

Click here to access a detailed summary of the study.

10 Jun InTouchLink announces a new preferred provider partnership with Diabetes Connect

InTouchLink is pleased to announce a new prefered provider partnership with Diabetes Connect.

InTouchLink will have all Diabetes Connect protocols and instructional videos available for all educational clients.

Diabetes in long term care has grown to epic proportions. Diabetes Connect was developed to address the diabetes challenge with an innovative, quality based procedure.

 

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