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Is your Senior Living Community fitting all your resident’s digital needs?

It is no secret that technology has progressed at an increased rate in these last few decades. While this is a positive note in terms of societal progression, it is important to note that many of the members of your senior living community may have never had access to the digital tools we have today.

It can be intimidating to jump into something as advanced as the internet. More so if you are someone with less exposure to using computers or cell phones. If your residents are more opposed to using digital devices, it might be time to consider easing them into the prospect. Especially with the condition the world is in post-pandemic, residents can participate in activities without risks presented by Covid-19.

 

Are your residents comfortable with technology?

Digital adoption can be a futile implementation to your community if residents are not keen on the technology being introduced. You won’t find data directly related to senior living communities, but we are able to draw conclusions from national statistics regarding the target demographic.

An analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data found that Americans ages 60 and older spend more than half of their daily leisure time on their electronic devices. This would give the idea of seniors readily embracing technology. Rises in screen time can be directly correlated to increased adoption of digital technology by older Americans. In 2000, 14% of those ages 65 and older were internet users; now 73% are.

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percent of individuals ages 65 and older that use the internet

While seniors have no problem picking up technological products, the issue seems to lie with digital competency. Unfamiliarity is common with older users. You will find most of your residents are of the age where they did not work with or grow up around technology. They are most likely eager to learn. However, the prospect may seem just too daunting to dive into.

The benefit of increasing your technological capacity

There are many beneficial uses for technology, but how can it provide value to your community? The driving factor is the increased connectivity you will see transpose amongst your residents. Loneliness is a problem that faces most residents. Covid-19 has only driven up the effects of isolation seen in senior living communities. Putting the resources into a solid Wi-Fi network in your community will provide residents with an unbridled opportunity to contact friends and family. Enhancing the digital adoption process can eliminate negative feelings and further increase satisfaction amongst your residents.

How to help residents with digital adoption

A recent study by AARP showed that 54% of seniors admitted they want a better grasp of the devices they’ve acquired. In comparison, 37% said they lacked confidence when using the technology that has otherwise become so much more prevalent in their lives. So, what are the best ways to get residents acquainted with digital vices?

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seniors that admitted they want a better grasp of the devices they’ve acquired

How to help residents with digital adoption

A recent study by AARP showed that 54% of seniors admitted they want a better grasp of the devices they’ve acquired, while 37% said they lacked confidence when using the technology that has otherwise become so much more prevalent in their lives. So, what are the best ways to get residents acquainted with digital vices?

Individual intervention is a prospect, but how will you seek to manage the range of residents at your community? Implementing educational courses to ease members can be a good method of mass introduction. These courses can help residents become more proficient in activities ranging from internet browsing to online communication. In addition, having an on-site technology guru could go a long way toward assisting residents with their digital needs.

The LeadingResponse team understands the challenges you’re facing, and we have marketing solutions that can improve your community. Ready to learn more?