Monitoring Systems Protect Residents of Elder Care Facilities
Ensuring aging loved ones are properly taken care of is something that nearly every Minnesota is going to have to deal with. In 2011, there were over 700,000 people in the state over the age of 65. This is expected to see a 6% increase by 2025. As more of these individuals enter assisted living facilities and retirement homes, families do worry. They worry that their loved one is being cared for and is in a secure environment. With many issues regarding wandering nursing home residents and various other problems, there are many assisted living and nursing homes that are implementing monitoring system technology that can help prevent injuries and relieve other safety concerns.
As for how this works, a person living in an apartment in an assisted living facility can be monitored as they leave their apartment. The moment the front door opens, the housing manager can see what is happening to ensure the individual does not fall or that they get help as soon as possible if they do. There may also be motion detectors and sensors placed around a room or the entire apartment.
The kitchen tends to be a popular area for motion detectors. If a sensor does not detect an individual getting into their refrigerator often, this could suggest they are not eating or drinking enough. A pressure sensor on the bed can tell a caregiver how many times a resident gets in and out of their bed. Every movement where there is a sensor is transmitted to the computers and phones of the staff. This makes the staff familiar with resident habits so that any deviation can be noted, which can mean something is wrong and that help is needed immediately.
Being that this is a new system, questions have come about. Some are concerned that staff will rely too much on the high-tech monitoring system and less on visual confirmation that a resident is okay. Others feel that electronic monitoring simply gives more room to overlook certain situations. In most cases, a family can choose to keep their loved one in this type of state-of-the-art environment for an additional cost or they can choose a more traditional environment.
Protect Vulnerable Adults – Use Monitoring System and Camera and Report Suspected Abuse
For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.
If you have concerns about financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.