Technology can help us better connect with one another, and often can save someone’s life.
Here are 5 technologies we've come across that improve communication in a group home, and can ultimately help create a safer environment as well as one that fosters human connection.
1. Electronic, cordless floor mat
Designed to help reduce falls, the mat is pressure sensitive and alerts staff when an individual steps out of bed. It’s cordless, which means it doesn’t use any kind of intrusive alarm. Instead it lets staff outside know to check if an individual needs assistance.
2. iPad facilitated communication
This technology is inspiring as it often gives a voice to individuals who might not otherwise be able to communicate. Watch this video from Apple to see how it helped Dillan who has autism.
3. Vibrating smoke alarm
This particular smoke alarm, SafeAwake, vibrates when it senses smoke, alerting individuals who may not be able to hear other alarms. Individuals are trained in how to respond to it, in addition to fire drills twice a month.
4. Light-up, wireless doorbell
Allows individuals who are deaf to communicate using a doorbell that lights up when pressed. For example, it can light up a common area when the front doorbell rings or be useful in a shared bathroom￼.
5. Touch screen EMR
An EMR (electronic medical record) helps keep track of any and all important data and stores it on a secure server. With a touch screen interface, it's intuitive and easy to use, allowing staff to update information throughout the day. It also allows staff to know whenever there may be a possible problem so that they can quickly make informed decisions to solve any issues.
All of these improve human connection, reduce the number of incidents, and help keep individuals and staff safer and healthier. And these are just a few. As technology continues to exponentially grow, there will no doubt be many more to come.
If you think of any other interesting advancements that we didn't mention, let us know below.