Running a senior living facility comes with a whole host of challenges. Not only do you have to maintain the operations of the building, but you also have to protect and support your staff and residents.
Predictive analytics can be a huge time and money saver. Through continuous monitoring of certain data points, you can proactively address potentially hazardous or wasteful situations – as opposed to reactively – saving both time and money.
In this article, we will look at some of the main ways that you can use predictive analytics in your senior care community to improve your daily operations.
Protect against damage
In a large building or multiple buildings, any number of things could go wrong. A pipe could burst in the basement or some less frequently used area. Unless this problem is noticed very quickly, the damage could be extensive – potentially devastating.
By setting up sensors that monitor things like temperature or moisture in the air, you can be notified of any suspect changes at any point in time. A door monitor is another good example of an important sensor to have in place. This can ensure that refrigerators stay shut, keeping food from spoiling, which in turn protects the health of your residents.
Beyond protecting the integrity of the building, these types of sensors are also important when it comes to protecting the safety of your residents. Making sure that doors stay locked can guard against any potential invaders. This is particularly important during this point in time when many senior care facilities are restricting visitations in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Monitoring the temperature of walkways throughout your community is another way that you can protect the safety of residents and visitors; this can let you know when it may be icy and salt should be put down, protecting against falls that residents are more likely to suffer.
Provide the best experience
When you use predictive analytics, you are proactively supporting the health and safety of your community. However, this is also a way to improve your overall brand experience. For example, you can measure the most popular menu items, so as to craft a more enjoyable dining experience. Beyond appealing to your residents’ tastebuds, this is also a more economical way to order food and minimize waste, saving money in the long run.
Basically, if you can collect data, you should. This can help you put together better social programs, including events and classes, that residents are more likely to attend and enjoy.