CAST Two

3 Ways Technology is Transforming Care for Older Adults

by Published On: Jan 24, 2012

Four LeadingAge members—including CAST Sponsor Front Porch, CAST Members Provena Life Connections and Presbyterian Homes, and LeadingAge Member Cathedral Square Corporation— were featured in the January issue of Long-Term Living magazine for the innovative ways in which they use technology to deliver long-term services and supports.

Two of the members—Front Porch and Cathedral Square—are also featured in the latest CAST report, Preparing for the Future .

Brain Fitness at Front Porch 

The Center for Technology Innovation and Wellbeing (CTIW) at Front Porch, a CAST sponsor in Burbank, CA, collaborates with residents, staff, academic institutions, researchers and technology providers to identify, test and bring to market technology-related solutions designed especially for older adults.

For example, the center partnered with Dakim to design and deploy an easy-to-use brain fitness system that challenges residents’ thinking with a variety of exercises, games and quizzes. 

Staff members at 17 Front Porch communities now use 67 brain fitness units to conduct one-on-one activities in assisted living or dementia care, and for group activities in skilled nursing. Residents living in the organization’s apartments are free to access the program anytime on their own computers or at kiosks in community common areas.

CTIW is also using a $77,150 mobile health grant from the Center for Technology and Aging to develop and test a system that uses cell phones to remind active seniors to take their medications. When the system is up and running, older users will punch in a number on the cellphone to indicate that they took their medication. 

If the system isn’t notified, the senior receives a text reminder.

Health Information Exchange in Vermont 

Cathedral Square Corporation, a LeadingAge member in Burlington, VT, is spearheading a new housing-plus-services model called Support And Services at Home (SASH), which helps residents of affordable housing properties throughout the state maintain their health and independence. 

Housing properties that are participating in SASH will collect intake information on residents, including demographics and the results of 9 health screens. The data will then populate an electronic medical record (EMR) to be implemented in February 2012. 

Once the EMR is in place, SASH sites will be able to share information about residents with health providers through Vermont’s Health Information Exchange.

Technology-Enabled Wound Care in Illinois 

Wound care nurses at CAST Members Provena Life Connections in Mokena, IL and Presbyterian Homes in Evanston, IL have discovered that using an electronic point-of-care documentation system produces better outcomes while saving time and enhancing teamwork. 

A 2008 Institutional Review Board-approved study conducted by Provena Heritage Village in Kankakee, IL found that the easy-to-use mobile device technology is more effective in managing wound care than a paper system. 

In the 6 months following the system’s pilot, the incidence of new facility-acquired pressure ulcers decreased by more than 80%.

 



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