Radio frequency: It’s not just for tracking packages, evidently, as one memory care provider plans to use this technology to help care for residents and eliminate the need for “policing,” writes a Herald-Tribune article. In other senior care-related technology news, Brookdale Senior Living is rolling out Connected Living’s senior social platform in its communities, while senior living provider Christian Living Communities is implementing a tablet-based communications platform for its senior residents. Read on:
Autumn Senior Living: Memory Care Community to Use Radio Frequency Technology
What do UPS and one memory care provider have in common? They’re both using radio frequency identification to improve job performance. While postal services use radio frequency to track packages, Autumn Senior Living LLC is using similar technology to allow staff to better care for residents with memory impairments. Read the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s article on the memory care provider’s innovative security features.
Touchtown: New Communication App for Senior Living Residents
There’s a new product for senior living residents called Touchtown Resident Apps, which provides a tablet-based communications platform for seniors. The app’s features allow users to send and receive messages; lists and delivers information about community services, activities, events and programs; lets residents to request, access, or sign up for community services; displays social activities, entertainment options, and transportation requests; and provides residents with ways to collect and store health information along with other documents and reference materials.
Christian Living Communities, which has three senior living residences in Colorado’s South Denver metro area, is among the first providers to get the Touchtown Resident Apps package.
Connected Living: Brookdale Rolls Out Online Social Platform for Seniors
Brookdale Senior Living is rolling out Connected Living’s social interaction program, designed specifically for the senior living industry, in many of its communities. The Connected Living program enables seniors to connect with loved ones and gain access to community, educational and healthcare resources using technology.
The program integrates hardware, software and content with training and support to get seniors, their families, and their communities connected to each other and to their health providers. Connected Living will go on-site to senior living communities to establish a wireless network; equip a computer lounge with personal computers; populate interactive displays with content such as community calendars, menus, local news and weather, and shared videos; and then teach everyone how to use these resources.
EHR Intelligence: Aging Population Presents Challenges & Opportunities for EHRs
“Managing health care for seniors, who typically have progressively more complex needs and multiple specialists contributing to their care, is never an easy task. But with the median age of the United States population increasing steadily and the baby boomer generation aging into this category, the challenges – not to mention the costs – facing the health care industry are only going to become more significant,” reports EHR Intelligence. “[E]lectronic health records (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE) may be able to improve the coordination of records along the continuum of patient care, controlling costs and creating a better experience for both physicians and aging patients by giving providers a clear way to track expenses, identify high-risk patients, and streamline the use of resources.” Read more…