In today’s world, digital technology seems to impact every aspect of our lives. From the way we communicate to how we enjoy entertainment, technology plays a part. Its impact on senior care is no different. Thanks to innovative computer programs and new technology, caring for seniors with dementia can be more streamlined, effective and beneficial to both seniors and their caregivers.
“We have seen the benefits of digital technology firsthand in our community,” shares Rob Low, Community Relations Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care community in Pensacola, Florida. “Clarity Pointe Pensacola has recently integrated a computer programming system called It’s Never 2 Late™ (iN2L). We’ve seen residents engage with technology in a way that improves their independence, physical and mental health and connections with others. The digital tools we use also help our care team interact with residents in meaningful ways, as these tools help residents share their interests and stories. The system has enhanced our residents’ daily lives in more ways than we can count.”
If you’re caring for a loved one with dementia, or have recently been diagnosed yourself, technology offers many benefits for caregiving and life-enrichment. Read on to see how technology can improve dementia care for everyone involved.
Benefits for Caregivers
Caring for a loved one with memory loss is a complex responsibility, and even the most trained and competent caregivers can benefit from tools that make their role easier and more effective. Digital technology helps caregivers by offering access to valuable resources and streamlining care management.
For at-home caregivers, digital resources found online open up multiple sources of information and caregiving support. Whether looking for answers to questions about Alzheimer’s disease or seeking advice from an online support group, technology offers easily accessible resources for caregivers who want to stay informed and educated. Helpful tools such as online caregiving calendars also assist caregivers as they schedule their loved one’s appointments, routines, adult day programs and more.
Professional caregivers within memory care communities can also utilize digital technology to maintain and access care records for residents. Digital platforms ensure that residents’ information is kept up-to-date and accurate, regardless of shift changes or staff turnover. Care staff can also use technology to engage with residents and help them enjoy meaningful activities. For example, It’s Never 2 Late allows residents and families to create a digital photo album with captions telling stories about the person’s life. Residents can then share these with their caregivers. iN2L also offers dozens of activities in which residents and care staff can participate together, including exercise and therapy videos, games and puzzles, music stations, lifelong-learning programs and more.
Benefits for Seniors with Dementia
Using digital technology tools like iN2L provides a wide range of benefits for those living with memory loss, including:
Independence – Seniors who learn how to use digital technology can access programs on their own, accomplish tasks, and find entertainment without the need for support. Greater independence in daily life increases self-esteem and quality of life.
Cognitive Stimulation – Technology offers easier access to activities that exercise the mind. Games and puzzles that promote memory recall, attention, executive function, and visual skills can be accessed by the touch of a button.
Health & Wellness – Digital tools also make it easier to access videos and programs that encourage physical activity. Exercise videos, speech and occupational therapy enhancement videos, music therapy and more give seniors the option of support whenever they desire it.
Family Connections – Online tools such as email and Skype make it simple to stay in touch with family and friends who live far away, or even across town! When these tools are simplified, seniors with dementia can learn how to utilize these programs to connect with the ones they love, whether they are homebound or living in a community.
It’s Never 2 Late™ – Dignity Through Technology
At Clarity Pointe Pensacola, the community integrates It’s Never 2 Late™ into their daily programming. iN2L is a computer system specifically designed for those living with dementia and other cognitive impairments. The program is simple and easy to understand, utilizing touch-screen technology and vibrant visual displays. Through user-friendly applications, residents, family members and care staff can access hundreds of activities with valuable content to bring the world into the community.
Some key feature of iN2L include:
Engaging activities, such as games, puzzles, music stations, TV and films
Educational content, including lifelong-learning topics, sports, history and nostalgia, travel and more
Spirituality content, including hymns, sermons and scriptures
Physical well-being, offering exercise videos, therapy enhancement sessions, fall-prevention exercises, etc.
Social connections, including simplified email and Skype
Ability to individualize each resident’s computer experience to comply with person-centered care
“We implemented iN2L technology in an effort to help our residents stay active and connected in ways that are most comfortable to them,” says Low. “We’ve found that residents take to the simple touchscreen computers with ease and access information and activities in ways that just aren’t possible without these digital tools. It has really enhanced our overall efforts to keep residents engaged and active, while also stimulating more personal connections between residents and staff. We’re having fun together, and caring for our residents’ physical, cognitive and emotional needs in the process.”
If you would like to learn more about Clarity Pointe Pensacola and the services provided to residents with memory loss, contact us today!
Clarity Pointe … Our Difference is Clear
Clarity Pointe™’s Specialized Memory Care “Living” Neighborhoods are truly changing lives for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – and for those who love them. At Clarity Pointe, our mission is to ensure our residents lead connected and rewarding lives.
Unlike other providers that offer a secure memory care wing in a skilled nursing or assisted living center, Clarity Pointe Pensacola offers three free-standing, purpose-built memory care communities that are solely and entirely dedicated to memory care assisted living. Our communities blend luxurious surroundings with specialized care that is individualized to each resident and delivered by a compassionate, expert team of professionals.
We stay current on the latest trends and advancements in Alzheimer’s care and implement them into our residents’ care plans. Always moving forward, we combine the latest in evidence-based programming with luxurious, residential living and compassionate respectful care.
For each of our residents, we offer a life that is engaging, fulfilling, inspiring and meaningful.