If you go to any business nowadays, whether it’s a restaurant, hotel etc, it’s likely they will have a public WiFi network for customers to access.
This is because the internet is becoming a crucial part of our everyday lives and it’s often an area that is overlooked in care homes.
In 2016 the office of national statistics reported that only 2835 of the 18,000 care homes in the UK had internet access for their residents. They also found that 74% of people aged 65 - 74 were internet users.
With these statistics in mind, WiFi should be considered as essential in care homes as it is in any other business.
Here are just 3 reasons you need full coverage WiFi in your care home.
1. Allow Residents to Stay Connected
By having a WiFi connection that reaches every room in your care home, your residents will be able to use their smartphone, tablet or laptop to stay connected to the outside world.
By using the internet, they can stay up to date with all the latest news and most importantly they can chat to family members and friends.
Say a family member calls in to speak to a resident, but this resident has limited mobility. If you don’t have cordless phones, this can be a big issue. It can be difficult to get this resident down to the main office to the phone to speak to their family member.
How do explain to the family member that they can’t get to the phone?
With a strong WiFi connection you are giving your residents access to communicate with their family and friends whenever they want (using Skype, FaceTime etc).
The International Longevity Centre - UK found that allowing residents to connect with their family and friends is good for their emotional well-being and helps them to feel less isolated.
2. Increase Independence of your Residents
The transition from living in your own home to living in a care home is often a life changing event. So it’s important that residents are made to feel as comfortable as possible.
By giving your residents an internet connection in their room, you are allowing them to take are of their own entertainment so they not just reliant on the scheduled entertainment in your home.
They will be able to browse the web, shop online, watch catch up TV and much more - just like they used to in their own home.
3. Improve Quality of Care
Not only is a strong WiFi connection important for your residents but it’s also crucial for your team in order for them to provide high levels of care.
By having WiFi that reaches even the furthest point of your building, your team will be able to carry an iPad or tablet from room to room to do care checks or update care records without worrying that the connection will drop.
It also makes it easy to implement Technology Enabled Care Solutions and dementia friendly software. Residents with dementia can use a tablet to listen to music or look at photos from different time periods as part of memory reminiscence tasks.
Research from the Alzheimer's Society (2019) showed that 70%of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems.
How Will This Help Your Care Home?
These three things combined will lead to happier residents who feel more independent and are receiving great care!
How can you get This in Place at your Care Home?
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