When a loved one has dementia, it can significantly alter that person’s ability to communicate with family members. This was what Dani Waxman experienced with his mother-in-law. Being a developer, he created RecallCue, an internet-connected day clock, to combat the effects of her dementia.
A big success, his efforts were rewarded when RecallCue won Gold in the Tech Partner of the Year category of the 2022 McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards.
RecallCue is a two-app solution. The first app, RecallCue Day Clock, aims to turn any tablet computer into a “hands-off” easy-to-use day clock. The second app, RecallCue Connect, lets anyone with an internet connection communicate with a loved one, with the ability to send messages and photos, set alarms and reminders, play music, share files and use two-way video calling.
The recipient of the messages can be hands-off; use does not require any active participation or knowledge of technology. Another unique feature is the day clock’s motion detection. Using the front-facing camera present on tablets, family members can schedule to monitor motion that passes in front of the day clock. This feature can help family members ensure that a loved one is up and about when he or she should be.
Only one family member needs to purchase the RecallCue subscription assigned to the designated recipient, and that person can invite other family members and caregivers to the account. Any user who joins the account gets full access, and there are no hidden additional costs, according to RecallCue. The benefits of this product were especially for homebound older adults or those living in senior living and care communities with restricted visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said.
“As a young company, this award gave us additional validation, and we saw an increase in requests for the product as well as valuable feedback from the senior care business community,” RecallCue principal Tamar Abell said. “We are excited to grow our offering and create meaningful partnerships.”
The Tech Partner of the Year category’s Silver winner was Kami Vision for its fall detection and management technology.
National Health Care Associates earned Bronze for its use of artificial intelligence that brings “ICU-level technology” to the monitoring of vital signs around the clock.
Read about other 2022 McKnight’s Excellence in Technology award winners in the Senior Living track on the McKnight’s Senior Living website, in the Skilled Nursing track on the McKnight’s Long-Term Care News website, and in the Home Care track on the McKnight’s Home Care website.
The Platinum sponsor of the 2022 McKnight’s Tech Awards + Summit is KARE. Gold sponsors are iN2L + LifeLoop, IntelyCare and Saiva.
To view the virtual awards presentation and recordings of the Summit webinars, visit mcknights.com/100422techawards.