Tech: Only just begun

Tech: Only just begun

Virtually every aspect of senior living is now being affected by tech innovation — and it appears things are just getting started.

Location technology: Helping a senior living community improve resident care and staff efficiency

Location technology: Helping a senior living community improve resident care and staff efficiency

Several years ago, Samaritan Village began evaluating new technology to further improve its care for residents while providing additional peace of mind.

Kisco expands use of K4Connect technology platform to 16 communities

Kisco expands use of K4Connect technology platform to 16 communities

Kisco Senior Living will deploy K4Connect's flagship product, K4Community, in 16 of its communities across 13 cities in California, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, the company announced Monday.

App aims to improve communication, care coordination

App aims to improve communication, care coordination

A personal experience with a relative with dementia inspired high school student Logan Wells and his family to develop an app to help improve communication and the coordination of care among professional and family caregivers.

Leveraging advances in tech is key to enhancing senior living

Leveraging advances in tech is key to enhancing senior living

For the millions of older adults in our country, it's an exciting time to embrace the tech solutions that are creating affordable and necessary resources that haven't been previously available.

Vikus acquired by HealthcareSource

Chattanooga, TN-based Vikus Corp. has been acquired by HealthcareSource, a Woburn, MA-based provider of talent management solutions for the healthcare industry, the companies announced Tuesday.

Universities study robots to help senior living residents

Universities study robots to help senior living residents

Independent living and assisted living communities are serving as testing grounds as researchers try to develop robots that humans can trust and respond to as companions and caregivers. Researchers hope the efforts meet resident needs and help operators address labor challenges.

IP video cameras in assisted living communities

IP video cameras in assisted living communities

Cameras are one way to keep residents, patients and staff safe from theft, violence or, in the case of memory care units, the dangerous wandering of residents off facility grounds. Here are a few features you'll want to know about.

Residents serve as ultimate focus group for next-generation technology

Residents serve as ultimate focus group for next-generation technology

Although companies seemingly introduce new tools and technology every day, some of the most promising ideas are springing from the minds of enterprising young college students. Our residents recently discovered this firsthand.

It's Never 2 Late launches personal engagement tablet

It's Never 2 Late will be exhibiting its new Focus tablet during the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo.

Virtual reality showing actual anecdotal benefits for senior living residents

Virtual reality showing actual anecdotal benefits for senior living residents

Virtual reality appears to spark memories and improve mood and health among senior living residents, according to recent tests of proprietary technology.

Stanley Healthcare portfolio now includes Foresite Eldercare

The Foresite Eldercare predictive fall safety and health monitoring solution has become a Stanley Healthcare portfolio solution. Also, Stanley's Arial Wireless Emergency Call solution has received certification to the UL 1069 standard.

How smart home technologies can help with senior living

How smart home technologies can help with senior living

The scope for the use of "smart home" technologies in independent and assisted living communities is a real game-changer.

New center, council support innovation and healthful aging

New center, council support innovation and healthful aging

A new center in Louisville, KY, aims to foster innovation and healthful aging, and a new council there has the goal of promoting the city as a hub of activity related to optimal aging.

Connected technologies can improve medication adherence, manage risk

Connected technologies can improve medication adherence, manage risk

Senior living communities can play a big role in helping manage their residents' medication adherence and avoid the costly consequences of nonadherence — from both health and financial perspectives — for themselves and residents.

How to increase move-ins via your website and social media

How to increase move-ins via your website and social media

Las Vegas — With research showing that prospective senior living residents or their families already may have completed 60% of the decision-making process involved in a potential move before even contacting a community, website and social media efforts are crucial to operators' success, Nicole Wagner, internet marketing director at Stevens & Tate Marketing, said Tuesday in an educational session at the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention & Expo.

More news for Friday, Oct. 6

Best Buy bets on adults remotely monitoring their aging parents ... Florida governor wants assisted living rules in constitution ... Brookdale residents celebrate their movie productions at 'aging film festival' ... GOP budget that cuts $1 trillion from Medicaid over next decade may be smokescreen

Self-driving taxi service launches at retirement community

Self-driving taxi service launches at retirement community

A Silicon Valley start-up company launched its first self-driving taxi service on Wednesday at a 55+ retirement community in San Jose, CA.

Helping residents, facilities reap benefits of cost-effective health screenings

Helping residents, facilities reap benefits of cost-effective health screenings

Business intelligence and information technology are making health screenings more convenient for older adults, enabling them as well as their care providers to benefit.

Sensors help slow functional decline in assisted living residents: study

Sensors help slow functional decline in assisted living residents: study

Sensors can help assisted living community staff members address illness and slow functional decline in residents by enabling the early detection of issues, according to the results of a newly published study.

Strong, silent type

Strong, silent type

Bold yet unobtrusive resident security solutions go the distance.

$16 million, 5-year study will test artificial intelligence in senior living

$16 million, 5-year study will test artificial intelligence in senior living

IBM and the University of California San Diego on Thursday announced a $16 million, five-year collaboration that will test how artificial intelligence, or AI, can be used to help detect mild cognitive impairment earlier in retirement community residents and other older adults.

Increase resident satisfaction, safety through food service technology

Increase resident satisfaction, safety through food service technology

By investing in dining management and food service automation technology, senior living communities easily can transition to and manage a personalized dining experience for their residents.

Designing for dementia

Designing for dementia

An app that was under development when we first told you about it in June is now available to help make living environments more friendly for those with dementia.

Nursing Home Compare-like site for assisted living to launch next month

Nursing Home Compare-like site for assisted living to launch next month

A new national database launching in October has the goal of making it easier for assisted living operators and capital providers to search for and compare communities from across the country.

How wearable tech can enhance senior living

How wearable tech can enhance senior living

Many people already are familiar with fitness wearables. Another technology senior living facilities could consider for residents is mPERS, or mobile personal emergency response system.

Spectrum to capture residents' life stories through HeartLegacy videos

Denver-based Spectrum Retirement Communities will use HeartLegacy's technology to connect residents with their family members through video and will capture residents' life story videos through Daphne, AL-based HeartLegacy's Life Story Program, the companies announced Monday.

Briggs Healthcare, PointClickCare partner to provide state forms for assisted living

Briggs Healthcare has formed a strategic partnership with PointClickCare to offer assisted living providers with required, state-specific documentation content.

$1.8 million grant funds study of 'smart' tech in senior living

$1.8 million grant funds study of 'smart' tech in senior living

A new $1.77 million study of "smart" technology has the potential to improve retirement community residents' quality of life by extending their ability to remain independent and age in place, according to researchers. Caregiver burden could be lessened, too.

Real-time maintenance requests possible via The WorxHub, Caremerge collaboration

A new collaboration between TheWorxHub by Dude Solutions and Caremerge will enable The WorxHub users to submit and review maintenance requests via Caremerge's Community Engagement platform.

EHRs, information exchange still lacking in assisted living, CDC says

EHRs, information exchange still lacking in assisted living, CDC says

More than three-fourths of assisted living communities and similar residential settings for older adults do not use electronic health records, according to newly analyzed data collected as part of the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers. Electronic health information exchange capability is missing in many such communities, too, according to the data.

Maplewood tests technology to improve residents' lives, outcomes

Maplewood tests technology to improve residents' lives, outcomes

Maplewood Senior Living has launched a new center with the goals of increasing resident independence, better managing health and wellness, broadening social connectedness and improving safety and quality of life through innovation.

Researchers use virtual reality to help develop dementia test

Researchers use virtual reality to help develop dementia test

Scientists are asking the players of virtual reality games to play a free game to help them better understand dementia, with the goal of developing a diagnostic test. A mobile version is available, too.

Mobile app allows employees to get early access to pay

Mobile app allows employees to get early access to pay

A new mobile app that gives senior housing and care employees early access to their earned pay could lead to less stressed workers and improved recruiting and retention for operators, cloud-based human capital management software company OnShift says.

Barbarians at the firewall

Barbarians at the firewall

Not to sound like an alarmist, but the chances of a cyberattack have never been greater.

Fidget spinners show promise in addressing dementia symptoms

Fidget spinners show promise in addressing dementia symptoms

An Ohio senior living community is finding that fidget spinners and cubes seem to produce a calming effect in those with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Also in the news for Monday, Aug. 14

These new gadgets could be game-changers for senior living ... She's 98. He's 94. They met at the gym and just got married ... How tech can ease the trials of getting old ... Gym-going seniors are benefiting from more than exercise

eBriggs digital forms now have assisted living option

Briggs Healthcare now will offer eBriggs digital forms for assisted living software systems.

Outdated security

Outdated security

Technology is changing many aspects of senior living security. New products and services are making it easier than ever to keep residents safe.

Brand Integrity releases new mobile app

Brand Integrity has launched a new mobile app that will supplement its current platform, which is meant to help companies with tasks related to reducing turnover and improving bottom-line costs.

Partnership creates integrated pharmacy solution

Medication Management Partners will integrate its assisted living pharmacy with PointClickCare's senior care software platform through a new partnership.

Residents, staff reap rewards from retirement community's smartphone app

Residents, staff reap rewards from retirement community's smartphone app

Leaders at a New York retirement community say their new smartphone app is bringing convenience to residents and enabling staff members to spend more time with them.

Elmcroft introduces new medication management system

Elmcroft Senior Living has introduced a proprietary medication management system into more than half of its senior living communities, with plans to use it in all of its communities in the future. Belmont Village Senior Living uses the same system.

More news for Monday, July 24

Baby boomers and their elders make up outsize share of consumer spending ... The octogenarians who love Amazon's Alexa ... Venture capitalists want tech for people over 50

Reducing readmissions is goal of Brookdale telehealth partnership

Brookdale Senior Living hopes to reduce hospital readmissions by offering Iris Plans' advance care planning telehealth services to its residents through a new partnership announced by the companies.

More news for Friday, July 21

Investors worry boomer demand not keeping pace with senior housing supply ... GAO report: Telehealth use in Medicare and Medicaid ... Phased retirement programs, although uncommon, provide flexibility for older workers and employers ... Officials: Lightning caused senior housing fire that killed three ... Large nonprofits outperforming smaller organizations on EHR adoption

Enhancing senior care and services with analytics

Enhancing senior care and services with analytics

Gathering and using data is becoming a crucial process to predict future needs in a multitude of industries. One of these industries is senior living.

K4 Connect integrates Garmin wearable devices into its platform

K4 Connect integrates Garmin wearable devices into its platform

Technology company K4 Connect and Garmin International have partnered to encourage activity among senior living residents.

July 28 is extended deadline for McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards

July 28 is extended deadline for McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards

McKnight's Senior Living and sister publication McKnight's Long-Term Care News have extended until July 28 the deadline for entries in the 2017 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards. The contest has five categories.

Should senior living communities offer legacy management services?

Should senior living communities offer legacy management services?

Most people think of legacy management as wills and testaments or estate plans and taxes, but a growing set of tools and services go beyond these components and can benefit residents and their families.

App could improve memory in those with dementia

App could improve memory in those with dementia

A new "brain training" app could help improve memory for people in the early stages of dementia, according to the results of a recent study.

Stanley Healthcare partners with Alzheimer's Association

Stanley Healthcare partners with Alzheimer's Association

Stanley Healthcare will donate a portion of sales of its WanderGuard Blue Wander Management solution to support the activities of the Alzheimer's Association every year as part of its new role as a "cause marketing sponsor" of the association.

Older adults increasingly using mobile devices to access information

Don't exclude mobile from your efforts to market to older adults who are prospective residents or family members or to communicate with them once a move-in has taken place, suggests newly released information from the Pew Research Center.

A Place for Mom is sold to new investors

A Place for Mom is sold to new investors

A Place for Mom is being sold to technology investment firm Silver Lake and global growth equity firm General Atlantic by its current investor, growth private equity firm Warburg Pincus, the companies announced Wednesday.

How big data affect how we care for seniors

How big data affect how we care for seniors

Can big data affect how we care for seniors? The answer — both qualitatively and quantitatively — is yes. Here are three insights.

July 14 is deadline for McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards entries

July 14 is deadline for McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards entries

Has your community used technology to improve care, dignity, staff-resident interaction, the bottom line or transitions between care settings? If so, then enter the 2017 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards.

MatrixCare acquires SigmaCare

MatrixCare acquires SigmaCare

MatrixCare has acquired SigmaCare, a Manhattan-based electronic health record vendor serving the senior living and long-term and post-acute care markets, the companies announced Tuesday.

More news for Monday, June 19

Senior living community names resident with dementia 'Employee of the Month' ... Senior living sculpture will celebrate generations ... Residents may lose entry fees in assisted living community receivership ... Two years later: Marshall Square property sold, development ahead ... Sixth graders collaborate with senior living residents to design assistive devices

A new affordable housing option?

A new affordable housing option?

Dr. Bill Thomas has a new project for affordable seniors housing: tiny houses that could be used as accessory dwelling units ("granny pods") or clustered into so-called pocket neighborhoods.

Light system, shoe insert win falls prevention contest

Light system, shoe insert win falls prevention contest

An automated light system and a shoe insert won top prizes at a recent event designed to find new ways to prevent falls among older adults.

Coming soon to your community: cyberattacks

Coming soon to your community: cyberattacks

Senior living operators and other health providers are under increased risk for cyberattacks that could threaten residents, several lawmakers suggested at a recent House hearing

More news for Friday, June 9

Telehealth gains acceptance ... But challenges remain ... Judge: Deadbeat state must pay Medicaid providers

Six traits to look for when investing in senior living technology

Six traits to look for when investing in senior living technology

It's a challenge to support the growing healthcare needs of a large population with more chronic illnesses while recognizing and respecting their desires for independence. Technology can help.

App will assess dementia-friendliness of senior living communities

App will assess dementia-friendliness of senior living communities

An app designed to help make senior living communities and other settings more suitable for older adults and those with dementia should be ready for download by Sept. 21, World Alzheimer's Day, according to its developers.

EHR vendor to pay $155 million to settle False Claims Act case

EHR vendor to pay $155 million to settle False Claims Act case

Electronic health records vendor eClinicalWorks and some of its employees will pay a total of $155 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that they misrepresented the capabilities of the company's software and paid more than $392,000 in kickbacks to customers in exchange for promoting its product, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

The website features most important to prospective residents

The website features most important to prospective residents

As a retirement community's online presence becomes increasingly important, research reveals the number one piece of information that adults aged 75 to 84 seek on a community's website as well as other features of interest.

Seniors' use of technology is growing, survey finds

Seniors' use of technology is growing, survey finds

Although seniors use technology less than younger adults, their use of it is growing, according to new research from the Pew Research Center. And the younger a senior is, the more likely he or she is to be using technology, on average.

LeadingAge CAST updates telehealth selection tool

The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies has updated its telehealth and remote patient monitoring selection tool with five new telehealth products/vendors and two new case studies.

Driving smart decisions with self-service business intelligence

Driving smart decisions with self-service business intelligence

In senior living, the real technology stars are behind the scenes, in the form of data analytics and business intelligence.

4 lessons from 3 tech wake-up calls

4 lessons from 3 tech wake-up calls

Three tech-related stories that made the news Friday serve as wake-up calls for individuals and businesses.

You are using more tech than you might realize

You are using more tech than you might realize

A one-of-a-kind event recognizes providers that are harnessing technology to improve eldercare.

Silent sentinels

Silent sentinels

Operators are adopting innovative, unobtrusive and increasingly silent security solutions that can be tailored to meet the needs of each resident in your community.

How to save time when collecting electronic protected health information

How to save time when collecting electronic protected health information

Collecting and managing electronic protected health information can be a major drain on your time when you have to continually update online records via paperwork, faxes or scanned documents. Here's one solution.

Falls prevention may be aided by virtual reality in the future

Falls prevention may be aided by virtual reality in the future

Virtual reality one day might be used widely to help train older adults to improve their balance while walking and help healthcare professionals diagnose balance impairments to prevent falls, suggests a new study.

More news for Monday, April 24

Are smartphones and social media the antidote to loneliness? ... Officials: Despite alleged fake architect, senior living projects appear OK ... Detectives investigating homicide at retirement community ... Sheriff's office recovers heroin from senior living community

3 social media hacks to help your senior living center create an online community

3 social media hacks to help your senior living center create an online community

As competition in the senior living industry intensifies, a strong social media presence may provide a competitive advantage. Here are three ways to create an online community around your brand.

'Smart' senior living system implemented at five Spring Arbor communities

'Smart' senior living system implemented at five Spring Arbor communities

A technology platform newly implemented after a pilot project enables staff members to monitor care, hospitality and operational efficiency, but some of its main benefits relate to resident socialization and health, according to HHHunt's Spring Arbor.

More news for Tuesday, April 18

This state is a laboratory for the future of Alzheimer's in America ... Declaring war on financial abuse of older people ... 81-year-old woman makes iPhone app after only starting to use computers at 60

51% of tweets about dementia contain stigma: study

51% of tweets about dementia contain stigma: study

Fifty-one percent of tweets by private users of Twitter accounts contain comments that are stigmatizing when they mention dementia or the people who have it, according to a recently published study.

The value of in-room audio

The value of in-room audio

By installing an advanced emergency call system with in-room audio, senior living community owners can help residents maintain a sense of dignity while ensuring their safety.

Virtual approaches could aid staffing, health: report

Seniors housing and care organizations may be able to address some of their staffing challenges, while helping residents improve their health, through virtual healthcare technology, suggests a new report from Accenture.

Stanley emergency call platform now has mobile app

Stanley emergency call platform now has mobile app

A mobile application for the Arial Emergency Call platform now is available, Stanley Healthcare has announced.

New app tracks Parkinson's symptoms

New app tracks Parkinson's symptoms

A new smartphone app could help improve treatment for people with Parkinson's disease because it enables individuals and their physicians to track the development of systems between medical appointments, according to its inventors.

Shaping up

Shaping up

Transformative technology is changing the look and feel of senior living in the United States. The real beneficiaries are residents.

Calendar app could help with mild dementia issues

Calendar app could help with mild dementia issues

Smartphone apps such as Google Calendar may be able to help some people who have mild dementia, suggests a case study recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Avamere, IBM partner to study how to reduce readmission rates

Avamere, IBM partner to study how to reduce readmission rates

Senior living company Avamere is hoping that a six-month study with IBM reveals factors that affect 30-day hospital readmission rates among its residents and patients and improves care at its senior living and skilled nursing centers.

Solution helps track applicants, onboard

Applicant Tracker, a new applicant tracking and onboarding solution within SmartLinx Solutions' WorkLinx product suite, is now available, the company announced.

Social media complements face-to-face interactions for residents

Social media complements face-to-face interactions for residents

Recent research has found that Facebook interaction among older adults is doing more than just helping them while away the time.

Virtual reality system for assisted living, memory care wins prize

Virtual reality system for assisted living, memory care wins prize

A startup aimed at using virtual reality systems to benefit assisted living and memory care residents recently won the $25,000 grand prize at a pitch competition at MIT. Two senior living organizations already are involved in testing the technology.

Why I made it my mission to improve the admissions paperwork process

Why I made it my mission to improve the admissions paperwork process

When I moved my mother into a memory care community four years ago, the emotional toll was almost unbearable. As it turns out, I now am in a position to address one of the issues I encountered.

Hearing loss incidence will almost double by 2060, study predicts

Hearing loss incidence will almost double by 2060, study predicts

Hearing loss has been tied to accelerated cognitive decline, poorer physical functioning and higher healthcare costs, and now a new study concludes that the number of Americans who have hearing loss may almost double in the coming decades. Results of a separate new study may support widespread screening for adults, its authors say.

Choosing the right technology to assist aging in place

Choosing the right technology to assist aging in place

Wearable mobile personal safety technology, connected tech such as motion sensors, and smart home technology can help older adults remain independent for as long as possible.

Yes, thieves are coming for your data

Yes, thieves are coming for your data

Think your senior living community is exempt from data theft? Think again.

Streamlining communication for optimal care provision

Streamlining communication for optimal care provision

For an aging population that depends on various healthcare professionals for assistance and guidance, collaboration among care team members is essential.

Agreement puts tablet devices into hands of home care clients in assisted living, elsewhere

Assisted living residents and individuals living in their homes who are clients of a New York home healthcare agency will be receiving Bluetooth-enabled tablet devices that can transmit their vital signs to their clinicians and also enable videoconferencing.

Entrepreneur tests walker as temporary senior living resident

Entrepreneur tests walker as temporary senior living resident

The founder and CEO of a durable medical equipment manufacturer and distributor specializing in mobility aids is spending several days as a resident of a senior living community to test the usefulness of a new stand-assist device.

More news for Thursday, Feb. 9

Trump faces lawsuit over 2-for-1 executive order on regulations ... Heavy lifting, shift work could harm women's fertility, study shows ... Seniors in the digital age show it's never too late to learn

Improving quality of life is goal of senior living tech initiative

Improving quality of life is goal of senior living tech initiative

At a Minnesota senior living community, smartwatches and other communication tools will provide caregivers, residents and their family members with real-time health and wellness information while simultaneously enabling the remote tracking of biometric and behavioral data.

A blended approach

A blended approach

As demand escalates for memory support services in the senior living sector, operators are finding that effective engagement combines high touch and high tech.

Defying convention

Defying convention

Conventional wisdom holds that tech innovations are slow to take hold in senior living. Conventional wisdom is wrong.

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Party in the sky

Rancho Bernardo, CA

Remington Club resident Joel Halpern recently celebrated his 95th birthday by skydiving.