The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies has updated its Functional Assessment and Activity Monitoring toolkit adding six new products to the online selection tool and product matrix, a new case study and a new interactive guide to help providers understand, plan for and select such technologies.

Functional assessment technologies help capture and analyze a person’s general behavior and capabilities to determine older adults’ changing needs.

The updates include:

  • A white paper with a new interactive online guide designed to help organizations understand issues surrounding functional assessment and activity monitoring technology. It outlines commercially technology solutions, their uses and benefits and the most important functionalities, features and planning steps care providers need to consider.
  • An enhanced product selection matrix and online selection tool that compares 20 different products from 19 vendors, with six new products added.
  • This year, the product selection matrix also is published in Excel format to allow providers to sort and delete products and to perform side-by-side functionality comparisons of only those products of interest to them.
  • A new case study that provides a real-life example of how the New Jewish Home improved efficiency and reduced its rate of rehospitalization from 11% to 5% through functional assessment and rehabilitation technology.

“The new interactive guide is geared toward busy executives and professionals to help them get a quick jump start on the topic and navigate the comprehensive white paper efficiently,” said Majd Alwan, Ph.D., LeadingAge senior vice president for technology and executive director of CAST. “We also decided to publish the product matrix Excel file to make it easier for providers to compare short-listed products side-by-side. These additions to the toolkit will help aging-services providers be more proactive in identifying needs, adopting these technologies and delivering services accordingly to support and prolong seniors’ independence.”