How Access Control Can Improve Resident Care

June 4, 2019 | Access ControlSenior Living Security

How Access Control Can Improve Resident Care

Improving Long-Term Resident Care with Access Control Technology

Healthcare facilities face a number of unique challenges when it comes to maintaining a safe, secure environment for patients, residents, employees, and visitors. This is true across a wide range of facility types, including independent living communities, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals.

Healthcare facilities typically include a complex assortment of external entrances, internal entrances, and areas where access needs to be restricted. At the same time, confidential patient data has to be protected.

Healthcare facilities must also balance a number of competing needs and interests. Patients and residents need both security and a degree of independence. From a management perspective, these needs have to be taken into account in light of various challenges, including wandering patients, patient elopement, and the presence of family members and other visitors.

The combination of these various factors results in the need for a comprehensive, flexible, and customizable access control system: one which can accommodate a variety of users and scenarios.
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Better Resident Care with Electronic Access Control

Without the right access and wander control system, it’s difficult to provide residents with optimal care. You need an access control system that’s both effective and user-friendly: one which your employees can easily use and understand, but which also offers the flexibility and level of security that’s essential for a healthcare environment.

Uncontrolled wandering can expose residents to a variety of risks and dangers, some of which can be life threatening. Patients suffering from diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia can pose a risk to themselves and others. With the right access control system, you can protect these patients while simultaneously providing them the greatest possible degree of independence.

Access and Wander Control: Empowering Staff and Management

At the end of the day, a healthcare access control and security system is only effective if your staff can understand it and use it reliably. You want to empower your staff and management team by providing them with a highly functional, versatile system that doesn’t come with a steep learning curve.

The right electronic access control system improves overall accountability amongst staff members. An electronic system allows you to monitor which staff members have accessed particular areas of your facility, making it easier to address any issues that arise related to patient care.

Empowering your staff also means giving them the peace of mind that comes with an effective access control system. When your staff members know that they can count on your access control system, they’ll feel more confident and secure in performing their day to day tasks on the job.

Provide Peace of Mind to Relatives and Visitors with an Access Control System

Family members of healthcare facility patients need to know that their loved ones are in a safe and secure environment. This is especially true of patients suffering from degenerative diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. These patients are at risk of injuring themselves or others if the proper access control technology isn’t in place.

By ensuring that your healthcare facility has an up to date, reliable, and effective electronic access control system, you can provide your patients’ family members with the peace of mind they need. They’ll recognize and appreciate your commitment to their loved ones’ safety and wellbeing. You’ll also find that the right access control technology will increase the amount of confidence that patient family members have in facility management. This in turn results in greater satisfaction amongst family members, helping to foster trust between family members and facility staff.

Choosing the Right Access Control Technology Provider

Access control is essential for your healthcare facility: resident safety and independence, employee accountability, and the trust and appreciation of patient family members all depend upon the right access control system.

The right system starts with the right provider. Here at Signal Technologies, we have over 25 years of experience designing, installing, and maintaining access control systems. We pride ourselves on offering best-in-class equipment from the most trusted brands in the industry.

We’ll work with you to design a custom system for your organization, taking the unique needs of your particular facility into account. Our customer support team is available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We also offer professional on-the-job training for your staff, ensuring that staff members understand how to operate your new electronic access control system from day one.

Ready to get started? Contact us today to discuss your access control needs.
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