My retirement community consumes hundreds of pounds of paper daily. Each of the 400 or so residents gets a dozen or so pages a day of notices/menus/activities/etc. related to our community life. I think maybe I hit a sore spot by bringing up this fact. Here we are 22 years into the new century, and they seem to be stuck in the 20th Century.
Being an IT guy who retired at the beginning of this century, it still bugs me to see people not taking advantage of technological innovation. If every apartment in the community had a communications center all of this paperwork and the manual efforts to distribute it could easily be eliminated. I know that consoles can be on the expensive side, but it can also be done on the “not-so-expensive” side. Just buy everyone a tablet and program it to make the home page a private retirement info center website. If tablets are too expensive then how about a Kindle Fire one. They can be purchased for a hundred bucks.
I became somewhat famous in my corporate life by developing tools to help a group of 400+ engineers do their work faster and more easily. One tool I made for maybe $30K replaced a system that cost twenty times that annually. I made a tool that did the job but didn’t have all the bells and whistles and the resulting complications of corporate wide mammoths.
To get back to my retirement community, I may just develop a demonstration tool that can show them it can easily, and inexpensively be done. That is, if I get bored with what I am doing now. That seems to happen often.
I would love for my retirement community to go digital. Even if just a little at a time. Maybe they could use the money saved to bring up a second dining option that I so dearly desire. 🥴