Why Smartphones Should Be Mandatory in Elder Care
Smartphones are connected to people’s lives on a daily basis. It is not just businessmen and professionals who use smart phones, but nearly everyone in the United States. Smart phones offer an ability that other communication methods to not. Smartphones can connect individuals through applications, voice, text, Internet, e-mail, and other methods of communication in an all-inclusive unit. Smartphones have recently become mandatory in some elder care facilities. Though there has been some opposition to this, there are several reasons why smartphones should be mandatory in elder care facilities.
With the onslaught of dozens of new applications for senior care, elder care, Alzheimer’s care, and home health the use of smart phones is becoming increasingly popular for healthcare facilities. A smartphone can house an app that will allow several staff members to connect regarding a patient’s health. Instead of going back to the nurses desk or circulation desk to find out about a person’s regression or progression in their health, a nurse need only look at their smartphone application for their answers. The connectivity of these applications also allows for family members, doctors, and pharmacists to connect as well. This is invaluable information and the ability to save time with the smartphone connectivity could save a patient’s life.
In many assisted living and long-term care facilities, a nursing assistant or charge nurse is in charge of collecting the various healthcare data on a patient’s rapid day. Input, output, medication management, wound care, Alzheimer’s care, and medication changes are in charting forms. These charts are kept in either large hall books or in private patient charts. In order for these charts to be kept, a nursing assistant generally begins the charting. A licensed practical nurse will continue the charting and a registered nurse or charge nurse would oversee all of the patient’s charts and move them from the floor charts monitoring system to the patient’s private charts. This can take time and in some cases valuable information is kept in limbo between one chart or another.
With the use of smart phones, the information to be put directly into charting or other forms of applications. This means that if a nurse needs to access any form of the patient’s charting information they will be able to simply click on the app and find that information. Nothing is lost in limbo, and everything is available at the touch of a button.
Though the use of smartphones in elder care has met some opposition, the use and the mandatory use of the smartphone and their apps has become a way of life that many assisted living and long-term care facilities. The main thing to keep in mind is that the use of the smart phones as a mandatory component of elder care does not mean that the phones are private funds. In general most of the smartphones are phones are only used on site at the facility and must be left to the care facility at the end of shift. The only ones have access to these apps are those members of the care staff, nursing staff, Doctor and physician staff as well as the pharmaceutical staff.