With the huge generation of baby boomers becoming seniors, the plethora of technology to improve health, optimize care and encourage socialization is growing by leaps and bounds. Below we’ve found some of the most intriguing and innovative technologies being used in the senior community, right here in Columbus.

Prioritize care

When your loved one moves into a senior living community, you want to make sure they’re getting the best possible care. However, the task of documenting that care in a chart can take a big bite out of the staff’s time (time they should be spending with Mom or Dad) and also result in delays and mistakes.

To ensure they give patients the priority they deserve, Vrable Healthcare Inc., with a skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation center in Upper Arlington and senior living, post-acute nursing and rehabilitation center in Dublin, leverages PointClickCare® (PCC), an integrated electronic records system for charting patient care. With PCC, Vrable’s staff members can quickly and efficiently document all care—from when a patient gets up in the morning to prescribing and filling medications—and just as quickly access those details to better inform their care decisions.

PCC has also dramatically improved Vrable’s admission process because there’s no waiting around for paperwork, according to IT director, Dave Panek. “Your electronic chart is already in the process of being built. By the time you come in, we’re ready for you,” says Panek.

For more information, visit www.pointclickcare.com.

Connect people

columbusAt Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber, a new technology solution called Cubigo is helping residents stay connected and informed, not to mention, engaged. The Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Columbus is piloting the solution in the Midwest.

“Our goal is to keep our community connected in ways that are maybe a little outside the box,” explains resident service coordinator, Christine Bush.

From one convenient, easy-to-use platform, residents can learn about events, message one another, share photos with family and friends, make housekeeping or maintenance requests, order a meal to go from one of the community’s restaurants and more. Cubigo is even helping the community bridge the gap between residents who embrace technology and those who don’t.

Bush says they knew that “if we could simplify it for those used to pen and paper but make it accessible on every device for those who are tech-savvy … if we could find that perfect marriage, then it would benefit everyone.” Apparently the community found that balance.

For more information, visit www.cubigo.com/en.

Improve swallowing

When someone has a stroke, throat or mouth cancer or a neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s disease, they may have difficulty swallowing. Not only can a swallowing disorder, or dysphagia, affect a person’s ability to get nutrition and their quality of life, but it can also lead to severe health issues.

Heartland’s MedBridge rehabilitation centers are one of the first U.S. providers to use Synchrony™, a revolutionary new tool that enables speech- language pathologists to actually “see the swallow” on a computer monitor. This biofeedback allows the therapist “to evaluate the quality of swallowing to guide our patients to different interventions and monitor the treatment,” says Meridith Mayberry, business development specialist at Heartland of Westerville, Heartland of Upper Westerville and Heartland of Dublin. Heartland also provides skilled nursing and long-term care.

Patients, too, can view the specific muscle activity required for swallowing on the screen in front of them and participate in exercises to practice this activity. While patients are working on their swallowing, “Patterned Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation” is also helping develop their muscle strength and coordination to facilitate the recovery process.

For more information, visit www.acplus.com/Pages/default.aspx.

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