The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies on Thursday introduced its first-ever toolkit devoted to safety technology — specifically, technology to detect or prevent falls — for use in senior living and care environments.
The five-part resource aims to educate providers about the breadth of devices, applications and services available to help improve safety, sense of security, peace of mind and quality of life and care for older adults and caregivers.
“Tech devices to either prevent falls or summon help after a fall, as well as check-in systems and community-wide communication systems, improve older adults’ safety and the quality of their care in many ways, whether the older adults live independently or in a community,” CAST Executive Director Majd Alwan, Ph.D. said in a statement. “Our toolkit helps providers and consumers with the identification, planning for and selection of the best products and services to meet users’ needs.”
Available online for no charge, the toolkit includes a whitepaper; an interactive guide; an online product selection tool and a product selection matrix, both comparing 34 products from 18 vendors; and case studies from providers using safety technology.
An additional resource in the toolkit whitepaper is a section for providers on Medicaid waiver coverage of safety technologies, as well as a discussion of other potential opportunities to incorporate these technologies into business and care delivery models, their return-on-investment and how to calculate such ROI.