Older adults have mixed views of telehealth for consultations, chronic care, poll finds

Older adults have mixed views of telehealth for consultations, chronic care, poll finds

More than half of older adults in a recent poll said they would be comfortable using a live video service such as Skype for a medication consultation or for ongoing management of a chronic condition, although they had concerns related to use of the technology.

The moving parts behind data collection in senior care

The moving parts behind data collection in senior care

As both individual seniors and their caregivers look to implement technology solutions that will have a positive daily effect on the aging experience, a couple of key elements of data collection must be addressed.

Web portal usage still encounters resistance from seniors: poll

Web portal usage still encounters resistance from seniors: poll

Half of older adults don't use web portals designed to let them communicate with their healthcare providers, and even those who do use them are not taking advantage of all of the portal's features, according to a new study.

VoiceFriend is now Amazon Alexa-enabled

Senior living communities and skilled nursing facilities that use the VoiceFriend automated notification technology now can communicate information and notices to residents, family members and staff via voice-activated Amazon Alexa devices.

McKnight's Technology Awards now accepting entries

McKnight's Technology Awards now accepting entries

This year's competition has been expanded to include two tracks with a combined total of 20 categories. The deadline to enter is July 20.

Exercise may worsen cognitive impairment in those with dementia, study finds

Exercise may worsen cognitive impairment in those with dementia, study finds

Moderate to high-intensity exercise does not slow and in fact may hasten cognitive decline in older adults who have dementia, according to the results of a study published Wednesday in The BMJ. The findings contradict the results of some earlier studies.

K4Connect, HHHunt partnership brings smart tech to two more Spring Arbor communities

K4Connect has broadened its partnership with HHHunt's senior living division, which owns and manages Spring Arbor assisted living communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic, to bring K4Community to two additional Spring Arbor communities in Maryland.

Senior living staff, residents vital to technology development

Senior living staff, residents vital to technology development

Senior living community staff members and residents can be crucial to the development and refinement of technology meant to benefit them. Who better to listen to than those who will use something every day?

SmartLinx rebrands with new logo, redesigned website

Edison, NJ-based workforce management technology company SmartLinx recently completed a rebranding project that includes a new logo and the relaunch of its website.

MatrixCare partners with Attendance on Demand to provide time and labor management solutions

MatrixCare's TimeTracker, a cloud-based solution from Attendance on Demand, is designed to manage labor costs and regulatory requirements for senior living communities and other customers.

HealthcareSource offers two new technologies to help address HR issues

Boston-based software provider HealthcareSource recently debuted two new features, built-in SMS text messaging and an automatic OIG check feature, as part of its Senior Living Talent Suite.

CarePredict to showcase AI-powered technology platform at Argentum

CarePredict to showcase AI-powered technology platform at Argentum

CarePredict will showcase its artificial intelligence-powered elder care technology platform in booth 203 at the Argentum Senior Living Conference & Expo in San Diego.

Life plan communities thrive through connectedness

Life plan communities thrive through connectedness

Research shows that social connectedness improves physical health, mental and emotional well-being and even longevity, thereby enabling individuals and communities, including life plan communities, to thrive.

Older adults scammed out of $342 million on internet in 2017, FBI says

Older adults scammed out of $342 million on internet in 2017, FBI says

The statistic was part of the "2017 Internet Crime Report" released Monday by the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Sense of community, control may be a few clicks away for residents

Sense of community, control may be a few clicks away for residents

Senior living residents may be deriving a sense of empowerment and community from a source that may surprise you.

Trinity Health to roll out Epic system to entire organization

Trinity Health to roll out Epic system to entire organization

Livonia, MI-based Trinity Health announced Wednesday that it is moving to a single, enterprise-wide electronic health record and revenue cycle management system, the Epic platform. The change includes Trinity Health Senior Communities.

'Smart' dresser under development could help those with dementia dress alone

'Smart' dresser under development could help those with dementia dress alone

A "smart" dresser that has been tested in the lab ultimately could help people with dementia get dressed with automated help and nobody else in the same room.

American Baptist Homes of the Midwest rolls out Eversound technology to its communities

Eden Prairie, MN-based American Baptist Homes of the Midwest has rolled out proprietary audio technology from Eversound to its seven communities, across six states.

Providers tell CMS to explore telehealth, care coordination, long-term care financing

Providers tell CMS to explore telehealth, care coordination, long-term care financing

Chronic care management via telehealth and remote monitoring, service coordination in affordable housing, and long-term care financing are some of the new directions that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should explore through its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, according to feedback from providers and associations.

Yardi introduces mobile app for senior living customer relationship management

Yardi Senior CRM has tools designed specifically to enable senior living operators to securely view and edit CRM information via iOS and Android devices.

Stanley now offers Accushield sign-in system through portfolio

Stanley now offers Accushield sign-in system through portfolio

Stanley Healthcare will offer the Accushield touchscreen visitor sign-in system, designed for senior living communities, as part of its portfolio of solutions, the company announced Tuesday.

Netsmart introduces EHR platform for senior living

Netsmart has introduced a new cloud-based electronic health record platform, called myUnity, that is designed to help integrate senior living communities and at-home care providers into the overall healthcare system to improve health outcomes and increase their value as referral partners.

Pharmacists can play key roles in improving health outcomes for at-risk seniors

Pharmacists can play key roles in improving health outcomes for at-risk seniors

Pharmacists have three evolving roles as a result of the drive toward value-based care.

Eversound expands into all Highgate Senior Living communities

Issaquah, WA-based Highgate Senior Living has partnered with Boston-based Eversound to offer the company's audio technology system in its nine independent living, assisted living and memory care communities.

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'Misuse' and 'physical' data breaches are most common in senior living, report says

'Misuse' and 'physical' data breaches are most common in senior living, report says

The most common types of data breaches in nursing and residential care facilities are related to misuse or paper copies of records, according to a new report. The good news is that there are steps the industry can take to lessen the chances of a breach occurring, a cyber security expert tells McKnight's Senior Living.

By the numbers

By the numbers

Good data-capture and analysis add up to better outcomes.

Tech briefs

Mobile technology and social media mistakes.

Tech company announces 5-state rollout, Apple tie-in, Lyft partnership

Tech company announces 5-state rollout, Apple tie-in, Lyft partnership

Belgium-based start-up Cubigo formally has expanded into the United States, bringing its cloud-based platform to the U.S. senior living industry, becoming a new Apple mobility partner and forming a partnership with Lyft, Cubigo announced Thursday.

Virtual reality is more than entertainment for senior living residents

Virtual reality is more than entertainment for senior living residents

Virtual reality may hold the promise of delivering therapeutic benefits that possibly could reduce symptoms of diseases experienced by older adults, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and macular degeneration, as well as increase residents' sense of well-being and happiness.

CareWorx raises $17 million in private equity funding

Global managed services provider and senior care technology company CareWorx has closed a $17 million round of funding from California-based Kayne Partners.

Fears of loneliness, isolation affect tech use among older adults

Fears of loneliness, isolation affect tech use among older adults

Fears of loneliness and isolation may be preventing some older adults from using online technology, according to newly published research in the journal Communications of the ACM.

The real crisis in senior housing

The real crisis in senior housing

The United States needs a new paradigm for caring for older generations, including a new approach to senior living.

Benchmark turns to artificial intelligence to attract, keep real workers

Benchmark turns to artificial intelligence to attract, keep real workers

Benchmark Senior Living will harness data, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics in an effort to tackle the senior living industry's biggest challenge, worker recruiting and retention, the company announced Thursday.

Gaining or slipping?

Gaining or slipping?

Tech tools increasingly are becoming visible in the senior living space — yet in many ways, the field finds itself playing catch up.

Older adults cling to older technology, survey finds

Older adults cling to older technology, survey finds

Perhaps not surprisingly, adults aged 70 or more years are more likely to have older technology, such as desktop computers and regular phones, than those aged 50 to 69, according to a survey recently conducted by the AARP. The results contain a few surprises, however.

Social engagement technologies: Providers' best practices

Social engagement technologies: Providers' best practices

Social isolation has been shown to increase the risk for a variety of poor health outcomes in people of all ages. The good news is that tech can help. Here are best practices gleaned from senior living operators.

How sales enablement can speed up move-ins

How sales enablement can speed up move-ins

A proactive, always-evolving sales enablement process will go a long way in differentiating your community and services while helping you achieve your core business and care goals.

Attention senior living operators: Analytics will not solve all your problems

Attention senior living operators: Analytics will not solve all your problems

When it comes to senior living, technology arguably is the most disruptive force in play. And within the technology sphere, no tool is making a bigger impact than analytics.

Bits and Bytes, February 2018

Gadgets that help prevent injuries were more prevalent than ever at CES 2018.

Document storage systems have a role in senior healthcare

Document storage systems have a role in senior healthcare

Document storage systems are becoming imperative in senior care, particularly as the industry changes in terms of legislation, privatization and direct care measures.

MatrixCare tops 2018 Best in KLAS rankings for long-term care software

Bloomington, MN-based MatrixCare has ranked highest on the Best in KLAS list of long-term care software companies for the second consecutive year.

Self-driving taxis come to The Villages in Florida

Self-driving taxis come to The Villages in Florida

Silicon Valley start-up company Voyage announced Wednesday that it has launched the second test of its self-driving taxi service at a 55+ retirement community.

3 ways to streamline senior health tech adoption

3 ways to streamline senior health tech adoption

As senior health tech adapts to increase direct benefits to older adults, caregivers can jumpstart the process in three ways.

More news for Wednesday, Jan. 10

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Episcopal Senior Communities chooses Vocera Communications System

Episcopal Senior Communities has chosen to use the Vocera Communications System its six continuing care retirement communities, which are located in the San Francisco area, the technology company announced Monday.

K4Connect to integrate Dude Solutions work order technology into flagship product

K4Connect to integrate Dude Solutions work order technology into flagship product

A new partnership between K4Connect and TheWorxHub by Dude Solutions aims to help senior living communities streamline the management of resident maintenance requests to improve operational efficiencies and resident satisfaction, K4Connect said Thursday.

What's coming in senior living technology in 2018

What's coming in senior living technology in 2018

Here are eight top tech trends for senior living operators to be on the lookout for in 2018.

Justice Department healthcare fraud recoveries top $2.4 billion in FY 2017

Justice Department healthcare fraud recoveries top $2.4 billion in FY 2017

Settlements with Life Care Centers of America and eClinicalWorks marked two of the largest healthcare fraud-related recoveries by the federal government in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, the Justice Department recently announced.

Your favorite columns of 2017

An examination of analytics reveals which business challenges were top topics of interest for McKnight's Senior Living website visitors, newsletter readers and social media followers and friends in 2017. Here's a chance to revisit our most popular columns of the year or to read them for the first time.

Looking for IT in all the wrong places?

Looking for IT in all the wrong places?

Many senior living organizations are in the midst of making unprecedented investments in information technology. Many of the improvements would replace paper records and improve billings in an effort to boost the bottom line.

Before the fall

Before the fall

Smart practices and high-tech solutions help minimize the risks.

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

In Focus

June 20

107 years young

Chambersburg, PA 

Irene Rebok, a resident of Magnolias of Chambersburg, will celebrate her 107th birthday with a visit from a state representative and a "card shower."