Life-Safety Technologies Explained

Safety is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to senior communities. Seniors and their families expect residences to safeguard their physical and mental health. Residence owners have to meet – and even exceed – their expectations. Fortunately, there are many tools available in the market to help you achieve your goals.

What Are Life Safety Technologies?

Life safety technology is quite a broad term, covering a variety of software and hardware. Put together, these technologies make sure seniors are safe no matter where they live. A smart home for seniors uses various life safety tools. It allows them to live in their own home for longer periods before having to move out. So it’s not really surprising that the digital health market is expected to grow to $223 billion by 2023 [1].

However, that doesn’t mean senior communities can’t use these technologies as well. A number of upcoming residences are being constructed with built-in life safety systems. But what about existing communities? There are options for residence owners to buy various services as well. Make sure the offerings include life safety technologies to suit your community.

Incorporate Safety Tools in your Residence

Life safety technologies commonly fall under three different categories:

  • Monitoring
  • Reminders
  • Notifications 

Monitoring tools allow you (or other authorized caregivers) to monitor residents. You don’t have to check on them in person. These tools allow seniors to retain their privacy. But they also ensure caregivers know what’s going on. For example, a motion sensor may sound an alert when someone has fallen on the stairs.

Another set of life safety tools focus on reminders for older users. These systems send reminders for appointments, medication, exercise, and other tasks. You can send these reminders via phone, email, text, or other devices a senior might have. Residence owners can set these options for seniors who cannot do it for themselves.

The final category is notifications. Monitoring and reminders are all very well. But there has to be a way for the system to notify others when an incident occurs. In the earlier example of a motion sensor, there is no point in sounding an alarm that only the resident can hear. 

That’s why engineers use software to notify others. These entities could be emergency services or a doctor/nurse on standby. You can also set up the system to notify you or a medical professional in certain circumstances. Suppose a senior doesn’t take their medication two times in a row. You’ll get a notification to take further action if needed.

Smart Home Phone Plans for Residences

As you can see, communication is a key component of any life safety technology. That’s why Cōv communication offers smart home plans with safety features. The basic plan comes with primary safety features. You can also get the premium package that includes enhanced life safety technologies.

As a residence owner, you want a system that doesn’t need a lot of hardware to set up. You also don’t want a system that takes hours to manage. After all, your goal is to take care of your residents not waste time managing software and equipment.

Cōv worked with leading safety engineers to develop these smart home phone plans. So you get what you need and nothing you don’t for your residents. These systems use the latest smart technology on the market. Why should you wait for the next update or latest feature?

You don’t need to buy extra hardware or invest in heavy equipment. You can get started with our service in a few days or even hours, depending on your needs. As a bonus, the system is mostly hands-off after the initial set up. If you want to make any changes, click the settings and you’re done.

What Features Does It Include?

Cōv’s smart home phone plans include tools across all categories in life safety. You can safely monitor your residents remotely. Schedule regular phone calls to check up on their physical and mental well-being. 

Reminder tools are an invaluable feature for any senior community. You can remind your residents about upcoming doctor appointments. Encourage seniors to participate in social events by reminding them in advance. It’s a great way to enhance communication with all your residents. Use the reminder feature for prompting seniors to take their medication.

The final piece of the puzzle is notification and communication. You can incorporate pull cords and pendants with the system. These tools allow seniors to request emergency services even if they are unable to reach the phone. Set them up to notify you as well as the on-call doctor. You can prevent small incidents from escalating into serious issues. 

You can also incorporate mass notifications in case of emergencies. This will allow you to notify all your residents about real-time situations. Now you don’t have to install a separate public address system for your community.

Beyond the immediate benefits, these life safety technologies offer peace of mind for your residents and their families. Providing the best safety technology for seniors is the best way to ease concerns about their health and safety.