Home Health Technology: New Chapter of Growth for Tel-Tron

Tel-Tron Technologies - Emergency Call SystemThe new year is bringing with it lots of new excitement to everyone at Tel-Tron Technologies. Recently Senior Vice President of Operations, Malcolm Graham, was able to sit down with Middle Market Executive to share his thoughts on the evolution of senior living technology, the aging boomer population, and how Tel-Tron is responding to this new chapter of growth.

You can read the entire interview here.

For more information on Tel-Tron’s senior living technology solutions, visit www.tel-tron.com

Resolutions For Your Senior Living Community

All too often, resolutions are about the things we give up, the things we choose to do without. No wonder they never get off the ground. This year at Tel-Tron, we’ve decided to take a different approach, by giving you a few ideas on how to enhance and enrich your community and it’s residents and to help make your community an even better place to live and work this year. Here is some inspiration to get you started:

ImageGo Green: A healthier lifestyle begins with a healthier environment, and with all the tools and resources available, it is easier than ever to ensure that your community is eco-friendly. Here are a few simple solutions:

  1. Get an Energy Star check: How energy-efficient is your community? An EPA Energy Star check is the best way to know for sure. Not only is an Energy Star certification mean that your facility is eco-friendly, but it also ensures superior comfort for your residents and a reduction of up to one-third in your energy costs. It’s a win-win!
  2. Recycle Everywhere: While most community have implemented recycling programs in their main living areas, this year, make a commitment to facilitate recycling throughout your community by using divided bins in residents’ rooms or on shared hallways. Education is also important. Since seniors did not grow up recycling, many of them know very little about it. Discuss what can and can’t be recycled, using physical examples, so residents are clear on the guidelines and your program is more successful.
  3. Reduce fabric waste: Fabric waste is a little-known environmental problem in the United States. Assist your residents in getting rid of unwanted clothing and linens with a centrally located donation bin. Donate these items to a shelter or a local thrift shop. Many of these places donate unwanted items to fabric recycling facilities, which turn them into cleaning rags, brushes, etc.

Make Connections: Fostering a sense of community is the key to having happy, fulfilled residents, and achieving it is easier than you think. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Reach out to Residents: Most communities have feedback systems in place, but many residents are hesitant to publicly voice their suggestions, so be sure that you offer a suggestion box of another method for residents to anonymously give their feedback.
  2. Capitalize on Skills: Create a questionnaire to uncover the hidden talents and abilities of your residents, and ask those that are able to host programs around these skills. From woodworking, knitting, and scrapbooking to more active pursuits like yoga and dance, these offer a great way to make sure residents feel relevant and connected.
  3. Help Out: Most people feel a great sense of satisfaction and usefulness by helping others, so find a way to band together for a good cause, from organizing a food drive to stitching blankets for children at homeless shelters.Image

Resolve to Do Better: When residents stay healthy, the entire community thrives. Here are suggestions to help your residents stay on track:

  1. Host a Resolutions Party: Residents can pick a buddy to help them stay on track and offer feedback on ways that the community can help, perhaps by providing healthier meal options or more opportunities for exercise.
  2. Encourage residents to take up one new activity in 2014 that engages their mind, and create loosely organized clubs around these activities. Book clubs, language learning, or puzzles all offer great opportunities for mental exercise.
  3. Schedule a Wellness Check: Offer a free wellness check to residents from a trusted healthcare provider, and use the results to formulate or further develop resolutions.

For more information on how you can improve safety and security for your residents in 2014, visit www.tel-tron.com for details on our complete and customizable Emergency Call System solutions for your community.

A Home for the Holidays: 5 Ways to Honor the Holidays in an Assisted Living Residence

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The holiday season is often a challenging time for those in assisted living/senior care. The commotion, excitement and music can all recall earlier, happier times of Christmases past, or may bring back memories of lost loved ones, and the emphasis on home and family can be a challenge for those separated from both. That’s why it can be a challenge to create successful holiday celebrations at a senior care community. The key is to find a role for everyone based on their capabilities and strengths, and to create a fun, festive environment that honors Christmas memories while creating new ones. Here are a few ideas to do just that:

  1. Decorate: Throw a tree trimming party and allow the residents to participate. Try to engage the entire community of residents. Even the wheelchair bound can help hand over ornaments, string berries or popcorn together to make garlands, etc. If safety is not anissue, erect a small tabletop Christmas tree in each resident’s room and help them decorate it. Invite residents’ families to bring in a few favorite, sentimental ornaments for the tree.
  2. Host a Bake-Off: Ask residents to submit their favorite holiday recipes, and then help them to prepare those recipes for the rest of the community. Ask residents to taste the finished creations and to vote on the winning recipe. Consider compiling the recipes in a holiday book, or putting them in a binder, as a keepsake for the residents.
  3. Christmas crafts: Many seniors have skills and talents that are underutilized in everyday life. Coordinate an ornament decorating party,or bring in a pottery studio for a paint-your-own pottery class. Or ask residents to create a few of their favorite Christmas crafts, such as knitting andiStock_000015105883Small woodworking, and hold a craft bazaar, with proceeds benefitting a chosen cause (maybe a struggling resident).
  4. Light Show: Many residents, especially those who are no longer able to drive, would enjoy a drive around town to enjoy the Christmas lights. Keep the mood fun and festive en route by providing snacks and travel mugs of warm (not hot!) cider and playing holiday music.
  5. Hold a Christmas Revue: Ask residents to showcase their talents by organizing a revue of songs, dances, poetry readings, etc. performed by residents. Ask residents to invite friends and family to attend, if feasible, or invite the staff to watch the show.

Incorporate one or more of these ideas into your community’s holiday festivities, or use them as inspiration for your own unique celebration. By helping your residents to celebrate the holidays in a fun and meaningful way, you bring them one step closer to feeling at home.

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