Nursing homes are one environment where efficient communication is especially important. The ability to have instant communication between nurses, administrators, physicians and maintenance staff is key. It will help create a much safer environment by allowing staff to respond quickly to any accidents or emergencies.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are usually relatively small, so when it comes to two-way radio use, range is not necessarily a big concern. Most of our nursing home customers tend to choose a small, lightweight radio. Some facilities like to use single channel radios, where everyone with a radio will hear all transmissions between staff. Others prefer multi-channel radios so they can keep different departments on separate channels (nurses on channel 1, maintenance on channel 2, etc.) This will keep your multiple groups on their own line of communication, but can still always be accessed by a simple turn of the channel knob.
Because of the fact that range is not usually a factor, some assisted living facilities often consider using less expensive, consumer-grade radios. However, we recommend using business grade radios as they are designed to withstand everyday use in a caregiving environment and they use more exclusive business frequencies that will help eliminate interference.
Here are some radios that are popular within nursing homes:
Kenwood ProTalk XLS (TK-3230) - A very small, very lightweight UHF business radio. Offers 1.5 watts of power, 6 channels and 56 selectable business frequencies. This radio is built to military specs for durability and comes standard with an 18 hour lithium-ion battery, as well as a 2 year manufacturer warranty from Kenwood. Also gives you the capability to use an earpiece or speaker microphone for hands-free use.
Motorola CLS1110 - This is the smallest business radio that we carry. Offers 1 watt of power, 1 channel and 56 selectable business frequencies. Also comes with a 12 hour lithium-ion battery, is built to military specs for durability, and comes with a 1 year manufacturer warranty from Motorola. Hands-free capable. This radio also comes in a 4 channel model, the CLS1410.
Vertex Standard VX-231-AG7B - This radio is a bit bigger than the previous two that were listed, but will also give you much better range. The VX-231 would be ideal for bigger properties where more coverage is needed. Offers 5 watts of power and 16 different channels. This is one of the most durable radios that we carry, and even comes with a 3 year warranty from Vertex Standard. Still fairly small and lightweight, this radio offers excellent battery life and maximum range. It also offers hands-free capability with the use of an earpiece or speaker microphone.
As nursing homes struggle to find ways to improve efficiency and safety within their facilities, many are finding two way radios to be the ideal tool. We have many other options for you to choose from as well. Please feel free to contact our sales staff at 1-800-584-1445 if you have any questions!