Editor’s Note: The 2019 winners of the McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards are being announced Oct. 4 to 11. Senior Living track winners are being announced here by McKnight’s Senior Living. Skilled Care track winners are being announced on the website and newsletter of sister publication McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.

Devotion to technological innovation helped The Moments, a 32-suite memory care community care in Lakeville, MN, win the top prize in the category of Innovator of the Year in the Senior Living track of the 2019 McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards. 

“Adapting advanced technologies enhances our company’s ability to solve challenges, actualize improved safety measures and foster efficiencies — all making it possible for our team to bring even more of the human spirit to the everyday moments we share with our residents and their loved ones,” Robyn EG Johnson, president of The Moments, told McKnight’s Senior Living.

Using technology to deliver high-quality resident care is part of the philosophy of the community, which opened in December. As an example, it has designated a full-time employee — a technical director — to provide tech support services for technological advancements.

A few of the technological features of the community:

  • 75F Automated Building Management Solution, which offers a vertically integrated smart building solution that includes wireless sensors, equipment controllers and cloud-based software delivering predictive, proactive building automation.
  • In-floor radiant hydronic heating across 24,000 square feet for a comforting and efficient approach to facility heating.
  • Circadian lighting system throughout to better serve residents living with dementia.
  • High-resolution video surveillance monitoring, which integrates with Open Options automated secure gate and door access software. The video interface streams live video to care team mobile devices to support resident safety and security.
  • Web-based PointClickCare electronic medication administration record system with integration to primary healthcare providers for secure access and backup of all resident data.
  • On-Shift scheduling and employee incentive app, which provides flexible, web-based, real-time scheduling.

Other Innovator of the Year award winners in the Senior Living track:

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  • Silver: Hillcrest Health Services, Bellevue, NH, for implementing the Montessori method in its approach to memory care. Partnering with The Roberts Academy, a secondary Montessori school in Nebraska, it formed an intergenerational school in which junior high and high school students engage and interact with residents on Fridays.
  • Bronze: Carlton Senior Living, for implementing SafelyYou, embedded artificial intelligence that records and sends an alert when a fall in a resident room has been detected. The technology has reduced the incidence of falls along with a drop in potential lawsuits stemming from falls, Carlton said.

Entries for the competition were submitted earlier this year and judged by an independent panel of senior living and skilled nursing experts.

Stanley Healthcare is the Platinum Sponsor of the 2019 McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards. MatrixCare is the Gold Sponsor of the Senior Living track.

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