Technological developments seem to constantly make our world more convenient and information more accessible. This is definitely the case in the realm of long-term care after the release of new software that should significantly improve communication between long-term care facilities and the families of patients.
This software has an app for smartphones, called Mobile Family Updates. The app is free to family members and can be downloaded on any Apple or Android phone. It costs 49.95 per month for care facilities to offer and many places are already recognizing its advantages.
Essentially, the software allows employees of assisted living or nursing homes to post updates about the condition of residents. The information can be spoken orally or typed via computer. Some information can be made available to all residents and families while other information can be confidentially shared with only one individual. Once updates are posted, an alert is instantly sent to family members who have the app.
The creator of Mobile Family Updates developed the software after he became frustrated with the difficulty of communicating with his mother-in-law’s care facility. He found that it was difficult to always stay on top of the status of his loved one and to have clear communication with facility employees. He also realized that his struggle is one faced by many family members so he decided to create a system that would make information more readily accessible. If this service is something you think would benefit your family, ask whether or not it is offered by a long-term care facility you are considering. Or if a loved one is already living in a facility, speak with the director about setting up the software there.