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Senior Living Safety with Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS)

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In the realm of senior care, ensuring the safety and well-being of residents is paramount. As our population ages, senior living facilities are becoming increasingly vital in providing not just accommodation, but a secure and nurturing environment for the elderly. The challenges these facilities face are multifaceted, ranging from minimizing the risk of accidents such as falls, which are alarmingly common among seniors, to addressing complex issues like wandering, particularly in individuals with memory impairments. These senior living safety concerns are not just operational hurdles; they profoundly impact the quality of life of residents and weigh heavily on the minds of their families.

One such technology that is making significant strides in this sector is Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS). By offering real-time visibility into the whereabouts of residents, RTLS is transforming the landscape of elder care, making senior living facilities safer and more responsive to the needs of their residents.

Understanding the Safety Challenges in Senior Living

Senior living communities are tasked with the critical responsibility of ensuring senior living safety, a challenge that is compounded by various risk factors inherent to the aging process. Among these, falls represent a significant concern. Strikingly, two-thirds of residents in senior living communities experience falls each year, with 20-30% of these incidents resulting in moderate to severe injuries.

Beyond falls, wandering poses another critical safety challenge, especially in facilities catering to residents with memory impairments such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Wandering can lead to disorientation and even life-threatening situations if residents find themselves in unsafe areas. Moreover, the emotional toll on both residents and their families can be substantial, with feelings of anxiety and helplessness often accompanying incidents of wandering.

Emergency response is another vital aspect of senior safety. In senior living settings, the speed and efficiency of responding to emergencies – be it a health crisis or an accident – can be the difference between life and death. This is complicated by the fact that seniors often have complex medical needs, requiring immediate and specialized attention during emergencies.

These challenges highlight the need for innovative solutions that can proactively address and mitigate risks, ensuring a safe and nurturing environment for seniors. By providing real-time data and tracking of residents within a facility, Real-Time Location Systems emerge as a beacon of hope in addressing these safety concerns. It enables caregivers to quickly locate residents, especially in emergency situations or when they wander into unsafe areas. By offering real-time insights into the movements and activities of residents, RTLS plays a pivotal role in identifying potential safety hazards and promptly responding to them.

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Integrating RTLS in Senior Living Environments

RTLS in senior living communities offer a straightforward yet powerful solution for enhancing resident safety. Essentially, residents and staff wear tags that communicate with strategically placed anchors and gateways within the facility, providing real-time location data. This setup allows for accurate tracking of each resident’s whereabouts, crucial for minimizing incidents like wandering or falls. The system’s ability to process and interpret this data swiftly ensures that staff can respond promptly to any situation, thereby significantly improving safety and care in senior living environments.

By utilizing RTLS, healthcare and senior living facilities can reap the benefits of:

  • Enhanced Resident Safety: RTLS significantly enhances resident safety by providing immediate alerts in case of wandering or other emergencies. This immediate response capability can be lifesaving in critical situations.
  • Streamlined Workflows: RTLS technology also aids in optimizing staff workflows and allocations, ensuring that care is provided efficiently and effectively.
  • Reduction in Fall Risks: With RTLS, facilities receive immediate notifications in the event of falls, allowing for timely assistance and potentially reducing the severity of fall-related injuries.
  • Improved Emergency Response: In emergencies, the system provides instant location data, facilitating faster and more effective staff intervention.
  • Data-Driven Insights for Care Improvement: The system provides actionable data that can be analyzed to understand resident behaviors and needs, leading to more personalized and proactive care strategies.
  • Peace of Mind for Families: By providing transparency and real-time updates on residents, RTLS technology fosters trust and reassurance among family members regarding the care and safety of their loved ones.

Integrating RTLS with Existing Safety Protocols

Integrating RTLS into existing safety protocols in senior living facilities requires careful planning and consideration. It is not about replacing current systems but enhancing and complementing them with advanced technology. Facilities need to ensure that the integration of RTLS into their operational framework is seamless and does not disrupt the daily routines of residents. Staff training and resident orientation are crucial steps in this integration process, ensuring that everyone understands and benefits from the new system.

Litum RTLS for Senior Living Safety

Litum’s Senior Living Safety solution exemplifies a tailored RTLS application, designed to address the unique needs of senior living, assisted living, and memory care centers. This system harnesses the power of advanced real-time location tracking and analytics to enhance the safety and care of senior residents. With Litum’s solution, facilities are empowered to:

  • Track the locations of residents within the facility, providing real-time visibility.
  • Implement location-aware nurse calling and duress alarm management.
  • Effectively manage resident wandering with automated systems, particularly for those with cognitive disorders.
  • Receive immediate notifications to reduce the risk of falls and provide timely assistance​.
  • Gain actionable insights from resident and staff movement data to enhance decision-making and continually improve care processes.


By integrating Litum’s Senior Living Safety RTLS solution, senior living facilities can achieve a safer, more responsive environment, enhancing the quality of life for residents and peace of mind for their families. This approach not only elevates resident safety but also optimizes staff efficiency and operational effectiveness, marking a significant step forward in senior care.

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A Decade in Location-Based Healthcare Systems

Litum has been delivering location-based solutions for healthcare settings for almost 10 years.

Innovation and Growth Since 2004: Choosing Litum for your healthcare RTLS means opting for proven expertise and innovation spanning two decades. With deployments across 50+ countries, our RTLS solutions are informed by global best practices, complex use cases, and hundreds of on-site experiences.

Precise Location Accuracy: At the heart of Litum’s RTLS solutions lies our unparalleled precision in location tracking. Litum’s Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology offers sub-meter accuracy, which is critical in the dynamic and often complex healthcare environments. This precision enhances oversight of medical equipment, staff, and patient whereabouts, minimizing the time required to locate assets and facilitating faster responses in urgent situations.

Seamless Integration: Litum’s healthcare solutions are crafted for effortless integration, enabling healthcare facilities to enhance their workflows and adapt to the ever-evolving demands of healthcare delivery. Choosing Litum means choosing a system that supports the essential, everyday goal of better healthcare.

When it comes to healthcare, the ultimate goal is to improve the quality of care. Litum understands this deeply and has engineered Real-Time Location Systems to enhance not just operational efficiencies but also the safety and well-being of patients and staff. Litum solutions can address some of the longstanding challenges in healthcare, and significantly improve the outcomes of care delivery. Contact us today to explore how we can help.