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Effective LTC Staff Strategies

Effective LTC Staff Strategies

Geoangel Long Term Care

Effective LTC Staff Strategies –

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Innovative tools can not only take better care of residents – but better care of valuable staff, too!

Nursing care staff in a residential care facility are some of the hardest-working folks you will ever meet.  Ask one of them how many miles he or she travels up and down the halls in a shift – definitely no problem getting the daily steps in! People who go into the nursing profession wish to make a difference in the lives of the elderly and disabled but are often frustrated by the lack of time to give the one-on-one care that is ideal.  At the same time, facility administrators and managers are often frustrated by budgetary restraints that don’t allow the kind of staff numbers they would love to provide.

Help Prevent LTC Staff Burnout

Nursing staff burnout has been a problem for quite some time, especially in long-term care – one of the most difficult care settings.  The pandemic has amplified this burnout trend, as reported by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, with increased rates of grief, trauma, long-term stress, and exhaustion for staff.  The pandemic, plus inability to successfully provide the best care possible, has resulted in lasting damage to healthcare workers and difficulty recruiting new staff.

In the face of all these constraints – more residents, fewer LTC staff, and a difficult job that is not getting any easier – we must ask the question:

Is there a better way? Can staff work smarter, not harder, to care for residents?

Geoangel can now proudly say YES!

The age-old challenge of protecting the safety of residents, while maintaining their independence is tough. Instead of moving residents to areas where they can be more easily monitored by staff, such as lined up in hallways or group areas, what if locations could be tracked and safety monitored in real-time (RTLS), instantaneously? The extra layer of safety is inobtrusive for residents, and a seamless addition to the workflow for LTC staff.

Residents wear a smartwatch device and are allowed to wander freely in pre-designated areas. LTC Staff have tablets with an app that tracks and alerts when residents are in a restricted area for them, so they can quickly be redirected.

An intuitive interface

Through the computer map on the GeoTablet, there is easy access and an intuitive interface. Staff easily learn the system within no time. Staff can trace any potential hazard such as exposure to a pathogen such as COVID-19. All of the location tracking can be done wirelessly and in real-time. Instead of spending unnecessary time and resources finding and relocating the “lost” resident, the emphasis can instead be shifted to cleaning, isolation, and reduction of the spread of infection. In other words, the focus can be transferred to saving lives, in addition to better prevention of infection and avoidance of potential problems.

Support Residents and Staff

Tablet-based Geoangel technology is the type of practical innovation that changes the caregiving industry for the better.  When staff feel supported and able to better take care of residents, it fosters a new momentum, and the work culture begins to move in the right direction again. The ability to do less back-and-forth locating residents to prevent at-risk behavior, and more time to listen, smile, and engage with residents, improves employee satisfaction. Geoangel suggests that staff take part in care meetings that define green, yellow, and red (danger) zones – individualized for each resident.  With input from daily caregivers, each resident can live at peak independence – depending on his or her mental and physical ability.

Data-Driven Staffing Decisions

 

Another great feature that comes from using Geoangel is the ability to view residents’ patterns of activity and develop even more effective staffing models.  The important data that comes from usage patterns, response times, and numbers of redirections can arm managers with much needed tools.  Data-driven decision-making is ingrained in healthcare, and now staffing decisions can be based on solid information as well.

 

A real solution

Geoangel produces happier residents that can stroll in safe areas at their leisure, enjoy fresh air, engage in activities, and enjoy independence at a safely defined level. It also produces LTC staff that breathe a sigh of relief, get excited about work again, and start to remember why they began this healthcare journey! Fewer call lights, fewer patient falls, and reduced staff turnover can be yours. Let us show you the benefits of putting Geoangel to work in your facility and request a free demo. You will be just as excited as we are about how the day-to-day lives of both your residents and staff can improve for the better with this smart technology.”

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From all of us here at Geoangel, thank you.

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Geoangel helps SNFs Overcome Covid-19 Fallout

Geoangel helps SNFs Overcome Covid-19 Fallout

Geoangel helps SNFs Overcome Covid-19 Fallout

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NOVEMBER, 2020

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You need a system that not only helps you and your staff work more efficiently, but also to overcome this crisis and increase your census by bringing in new residents and earning the trust of families. Here’s how we can help.

This crisis that the world is going through, especially with the second wave of cases surging; has put enormous pressure on caregivers. With the lasting impact of Covid-19 there is a tremendous effect on the expectations that families have for nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

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Gain the families’ trust again

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From the point of view of a family whose loved ones are living in a nursing facility, the fact that, still in many cases, they cannot go to check on their relatives has created a sense of anxiety and mistrust. Family trust is hard to obtain and even harder to maintain. It is understandable that in hard times, they want to check on and be there for their family. When you can’t do that, you want to be sure that those in charge of their safety and health are doing what’s best.

But what can you do?

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Nurse Call capabilities

Geoangel sends live data to staff so care givers can be aware of residents’ activity levels, including the Fall Danger Alert. That combined with the Nurse Call functionality, enabling a resident to press a button on Geoangel’s GeoWatch™ from anywhere and notify a nurse they are in need of assistance, gives the staff the option to assess the situation immediately by knowing the resident’s identity, and location. These features make Geoangel a system like no other, and a basic tool for an efficient nursing home.

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Accurate resident location

Geoangel also provides accurate location services, to know (within 2 inches) the exact position of each resident, inside, outside, or anywhere in the world. Families love these features, that’s why so many facilities are turning to Geoangel as their wander management system.

Additionally, our Infection Control and Contact Tracing feature, will allow the staff to trace human interactions that each resident has had during the previous two weeks in case someone has Covid-19 symptoms.

As you read this, Geoangel is helping many facilities across the country increase their census and gain back the trust from families and residents. Geoangel’s team understands your challenges and that’s why we have created a solution that will not only help you return to a solid position, but also help you reach a new frontier of care giving services.

Astonishing Real Time Location for Dementia Residents

Astonishing Real Time Location for Dementia Residents

Astonishing Real Time Location for Dementia Residents

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Advances in technology make things, we never thought possible, a reality.  Consider how we used to have to give family and friends the phone numbers to hotels when we traveled or worry about calls from children at work before the cell phone became mainstream.  Consider how much information exchange has changed from relying on traditional mail service to faxing, scanning and emailing.

Technology has tremendous capability to change the current state of wander management in healthcare.  30 years ago, residents who wandered were locked behind a door, or worse, chemically or physically restrained from moving at all.  Then we moved to a new type of technology that alarmed when a tag on a resident passed a doorway sensor.  And still many years later, this is still the state of most of healthcare’s wander management:  a resident with a tag or bracelet goes past a door, a loud alarm hopefully goes off.  Geoangel is a solution that uses current technologies to improve the lives of both residents and the staff that care for them.

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A human approach to Wander Management

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Geoangel uses mainstream technologies in a different setting:  healthcare.  Residents wear an attractive GeoWatch; that looks like today’s smart watches.  Sensors placed strategically in a healthcare facility are used to identify where residents are both inside and outside the community’s walls.  Inside the facility, communities can identify if a resident is in a space that is unsafe, like stairwells, kitchens, or administrative areas.  Outside the facility, communities can identify when residents are safely inside a courtyard or move outside of community grounds.

“Geoangel also uses a real time map of your community that shows where residents are at all times.”

Real Time Location Impact

Imagine as a nurse that you can know the location of one of your residents at the touch of a button or a glance at a map.  Imagine that as a CNA you are able to allow a resident in the courtyard to enjoy some sunshine without being worried about them wandering away without your knowledge.  All of this is possible with Geoangel. 

Often caregivers are forced to deny residents more independence such as going outside on a nice day or going to an activity with a group outside a secured unit because of fear for the resident to wander into an unsafe situation.  Geoangel changes that.   With Geoangel, you are alerted when a resident moves from a safe zone (that you designate) to an unsafe zone (that you also determine).  This alert is not the noisy, intrusive beeping currently in place.  It is transmitted using a series of notifications that are customized to escalate up to CNAs, nurses, leadership, and administrators…even to fire and rescue if you desire.  Geoangel also uses a real time map of your community that shows where residents are at all times.

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The wander management revolution

A new era in wander management

Geoangel allows maximum independence for residents without maximum time commitments from staff.  This system can be used in any healthcare setting.  For skilled nursing care, it allows more safety and security for those struggling with wandering or exit seeking behaviors.  For assisted living, it allows residents to remain in a comfortable setting for longer than is currently possible.  For hospitals, it can help with not only safety but also the varying needs of mentally ill, intellectually disabled, or acutely ill patients.

Geoangel offers advances that we didn’t think possible; offering a new type of quality of life to those we serve.

Geoangel – Not a bracelet a smart GeoWatch you’ll love

Geoangel – Not a bracelet a smart GeoWatch you’ll love

Geoangel – Not a bracelet a smart GeoWatch you’ll love

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Entering a healthcare community is rarely easy for either a resident or their family.  Despite the clear need for placement and the loving intentions behind the move, it is a challenge to accept this change in living arrangements for everyone involved.  For a resident living with dementia, the change can be even harder.

Residents living with dementia not only have difficulty comprehending why the change is occurring, they also have tremendous difficulty with the changes to both their physical surroundings and to their daily routine.  These issues with adjustment put them at a higher risk to wander both inside, and unfortunately outside, the senior living community.  Communities respond with wander management techniques including traditional elopement prevention systems.  Most of these systems use an ankle bracelet placed on a resident’s leg.

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A human approach to Wander Management

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Many times a resident living with dementia doesn’t understand why a change to the new senior living community has occurred. Often they feel they have done something wrong that caused the move to another setting.  Imagine this person with these feelings of shame then being outfitted with an institutional-looking ankle bracelet.  This bracelet has a box attached by plastic straps with holes.  Either they aren’t told why the bracelet is placed or they are simply told it is to keep them safe.  The person may think that the bracelet is at best a nuisance or at worst that it is like a home detention bracelet used for criminals.  If the resident gets too close to a door, a loud alarm goes off, reinforcing the fact that the resident is “in trouble” and can’t leave.   

“It is not the institutional looking box, but a comfortable feeling watch that mirrors a traditional timepiece worn by many.”

GeoWatch – The better way

Geoangel uses a GeoWatch instead of a clunky ankle bracelet. The GeoWatch looks similar to mainstream smartwatches. It is not the institutional looking box, but a comfortable feeling watch that mirrors a traditional timepiece worn by many. Residents can look around and see other residents, staff members and family members wearing a device that looks very similar; limiting the amount of embarrassment or shame a resident feels when considering a device placed on their body.

The GeoWatch doesn’t make loud sounds or alarms, limiting feelings of being startled or shamed when a resident moves. The GeoWatch sends a series of notifications to the staff caring the resident if the resident moves into an unsafe area. Staff can then respond in a compassionate way rather than alarms sounding if a resident gets too close to a door.

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The wander management revolution

Families who are struggling with the placement in a senior living community can also be offered this extra peace of mind.  Families can know that their loved one is safe and secure using advanced technology without the use of traditional, embarrassing ankle bracelets and alarms that can fail or be ineffective in some types of elopements. 

When you know better, you do better.  There doesn’t have to be a compromise between a resident’s dignity and their safety.  You can have both with Geoangel.

Revolutionary wander management system becomes cost efficient

Revolutionary wander management system becomes cost efficient

Revolutionary Wander Management System Becomes Cost Efficient

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MAY, 2019

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Healthcare operators work on a tight budget.  Every dollar, and many times penny, counts in making ends meet while balancing resident safety and comfort. 

When looking at new systems, technologies or products, one of the first questions asked is “How much is all this going to cost?”  That question is a frequent one at Geoangel.  When administrators and operators hear about the revolutionary system that can track resident’s location in real time, they brace themselves for the estimated cost…but then are pleasantly surprised when they are given their quote.  Often times you can then see in their eyes, “What’s the catch?”

There is no catch (Price explained) 

Geoangel uses modern technology that everyone is familiar with, the type that helps you drive your car to a new location, find your phone if you lose it or see if your child has arrived home from school but in a new way: in a healthcare setting.  Typical wander management systems use old technology…and in this case, old technology is more expensive.  Typical wander management systems still use hard wired, difficult to set up technology used to prevent elopement.  Geoangel uses modern technology and equipment for a much lower installation cost as well as much less disruption to the resident’s environment.

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Typical wander management systems only work on doors that have the system installed.  The more doors that you chose to have secured, the larger the cost becomes.  This puts operators in a position of having to choose between resident safety and an ever-tightening budget.  Geoangel operates in your entire campus and grounds, not individual doors.  Thus allowing a much more cost-effective approach to both elopement prevention and resident safety.

“Geoangel staff alerts you to and responds to an issue before the resident’s safety is compromised, not after. “

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Geoangel also allows for low-cost system maintenance.  Typical systems required radio frequency ankle bracelets to be replaced every year.  Geoangel uses rechargeable and programmable GeoWatches; eliminating the need for routine replacement.   Old wander management systems require costly technician visits and adjustments whenever there is an issue or malfunction.  Since Geoangel is a technology-based system, it is constantly monitored remotely for health and function by Geoangel experts, not your staff.  Geoangel staff alerts you to and responds to an issue before the resident’s safety is compromised, not after. Geoangel also replaces and maintains equipment within the cost of your monthly subscription.  No need for costly technicians, service calls or replacement equipment.

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Of course, it is difficult to put a price on resident safety; but there is a cost to citations for an elopement.  The estimates of the long-range cost of an elopement are near one million dollars. Between civil money penalties, the loss of revenue associated with lower survey scores, as well as loss of consumer confidence can greatly affect the financial success of an operation.  Geoangels reliable, real-time location tracking of residents both in and outside a facilities walls make elopements nearly impossible including their devastating financial effects.

New technology can feel expensive, especially when looking at all the benefits that Geoangel can offer. But in the same way that a vintage turntable costs more than a music streaming service, old wander management technology is more costly to install and operate than new, more innovative technologies of Geoangel.  There is no catch…Geoangel helps to protect your residents AND your budget.

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