Widespread WiFi allows aged care to connect

This story first appeared in the May 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.
As a smaller aged care provider, Queensland-based Feros Care has invested heavily in technology to not only bridge the distance between its facilities and its staff, but to improve the care and the experience of older people. The organisation also provides community care packages in which it is trialling the use of telehealth and tablet PCs, and runs a thriving private home monitoring service for older people called Lifelink.

In 2013, Feros Care upgraded all of its residential aged care villages to the next generation WiFi standard, 802.11ac, which will allow the organisation to provide high-definition video conferencing and VoIP phones to every bedside and to further develop its telehealth capability.

Having been one of the first to install a WiFi nurse call system at its Byron Bay facility in 2011, Feros Care will use the new Gigabit WiFi 802.11ac technology from Aruba to install WiFi nurse call throughout the organisation’s facilities.

It will use the upgrade to provide video conferencing to the bedside using custom-built touchscreen robots, deliver clinical care systems to the bedside, provide internet access to residents and guests, use RFID tracking for assets, and replace its DECT phone system.

It also plans to introduce new services for residents such as virtual museum tours and online bingo.

To read the full story, click here for the May 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.

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