As senior living options continue to grow and evolve, we’re seeing an increase of commercial display technologies in today’s independent senior living communities, assisted living facilities and CCRCs (continuum of care retirement communities). One of the main reasons is that the new generation of seniors is more tech savvy, and better prepared to reap the many benefits large format displays and UL Grade healthcare TVs offer.
At the foundation of a display technology deployment is the goal to ensure that social isolation among the residents doesn’t occur. When used throughout a facility, digital signage can engage residents, motivate them to participate in activities, inform them of important events and make them laugh. And on their TVs, the latest communication technologies can keep their family and friends in the loop by enabling face-to-face conversations in real time, regardless of how geography separates all involved.
Let’s take a look at some of ways to best use commercial displays in senior living environments.
Deliver News and Community Information
Is there a free flu shot clinic this week? Or an upcoming birthday party? An approaching storm or a big community festival? And what’s on the menu in the cafeteria? Pushing content to your network of displays is quick and easy with software like LG’s webOS for signage or Pro:Centric Direct for TVs. You can even target specific areas or groups in the community with special messaging and updates.
Post Photos and Videos of Community Events
Residents enjoy seeing themselves and their companions on a large TV or display screen. Does your community have a special event coming up? Capture the memorable moments digitally, being sure to grab enough images so that everyone gets to be in the limelight. Then post it all to your content server and let the show begin.
Take Your Fitness Center to a Virtual New Level
With an LG video wall powered by Fitness on Demand™ in your fitness center, you can deliver premium fitness programs to your residents, 24/7. You’ll have an unparalleled variety of virtual instructor-led classes, so residents can be inspired and invigorated in both mind and body, time after time.
Show Your Humorous Side
People enjoy funny videos, quotes, comics and amusing facts. Make it a habit to use your digital signage to give residents more reasons to smile, laugh and be entertained throughout the day.
Keep It Interesting with RSS Feeds
This is an easy way to keep everyone in the know. Link numerous RSS feeds to your display network to produce highlights from the latest sports, local and international news, health information, weather and more.
Promote Your Community
Use the TVs and digital signage as marketing tools – welcoming visitors and prospects with your custom branding elements, images and descriptions of amenities to show them why your community is THE place to be.
With networked digital signage and UL Grade healthcare TVs in your senior living facility, residents can enjoy the numerous benefits of modern technology like never before. It can bring them closer to their community, keep them engaged and aware, and avoid isolation. These guidelines can help ensure a healthier, happier and more social atmosphere for residents and staff alike.