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09. 6. 2017

Smart Savings from Smart Building Strategies & Implementation in Senior Living Facilities

Implementing smart building strategies in senior living facilities opens the door to smart savings and benefits for residents, employees and stakeholders.

While corporate real estate providers have implemented smart building strategies to reduce costs and achieve smart savings, a new industry is starting to explore how implementing such systems could benefit occupant, senior living facilities. Senior living facilities have a unique advantage in utilizing smart building strategies, and with many facilities using outdated systems, the ability to retrofit older buildings with new technology makes implementation much easier than many realize. Furthermore, the savings from implementation can have direct benefits to residents and employees, and you need to understand how this will forcibly grow the use of smart building solutions among senior care facilities in the future.

Smart Buildings May Reduce Length of Admission for Seniors

Some seniors may require it mission and treatment in residential care facilities following major medical events, like a stroke or heart attack. Smart building technology can also track activities of daily living and improve recovery rates. Consequently, short-term admission may be reduced, allowing a facility to increase its profitability.

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Smart Senior Living Facilities May Become Extensions of Home-Health Services

Many think of nursing homes as traditional senior living facilities, but, smart building strategies have the potential to revolutionize how seniors receive care. In fact, smart building solutions may be leveraged to bring residential care services to seniors living in their own homes. In essence, smart senior living facilities will start to blend with home-health services to provide continuity of care and better treatment outcomes through cloud-based systems, which energy management systems utilize as well.

Fewer Complaints Mean Fewer Discharges

Smart senior living facilities also improve the experiences of residents. By reducing, if not eliminating, adverse resident experiences, senior living facilities can maintain better census rates and reduce the number of discharges to other facilities.

It Keeps Monthly Costs to Residents Down

Lower overhead costs among senior care facilities naturally leads to lower monthly costs for seniors. This is comparable to lower costs among tenants leasing spaces from corporate real estate providers. Furthermore, smart technologies can be leveraged to eliminate the hassle of processing payments and automate billing processes concurrently, while still driving energy-efficiency standards up.

Less Risk Reduces Rate of Transfer to Hospitals or Other Emergency Care Facilities

Seniors have an unparalleled fall risk, meaning they are more likely to fall than other people, and this risk increases in unsafe conditions and when left alone, asserts Steff Deschenes of Health Care Finance News. Ideally, seniors in care facilities would never be left alone, but this is impractical. However, smart building solutions and health care building automation can connect assistance to buttons, otherwise known as “call lights,” to security and safety systems. Therefore, fall risk is mitigated.

Less Overhead May Lead to More Capital for Hiring More Staff Members, Reducing Risk and Decreasing Costs

Decreased overhead costs also frees capital for use in hiring more staff members, which further reduces risk in senior living facilities. Additionally, capital savings can be reinvested in a company through continuing education among employees and ensuring the long-term stability within the workforce of the facility.

Energy Efficiency Is Crucial to the Future Senior Living Facilities

As seen in the 2017 Deloitte Energy Resources Study and reaffirmed by Forbes magazine, more of today’s seniors are actively looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, use energy resources efficiently and take advantage of green living accommodations. So, senior living facilities must meet this demand by implementing smart building solutions, saving money across the budget along the way.

Learn more about how your organization can stay competitive with other senior living facilities by contacting ENTOUCH smart building solutions today.
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