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Senior Housing & Aging-Friendly Markets Growing

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Now is the time to get going in the senior-friendly housing market! “Bottom line: There are a lot of people now who need affordable housing and the demand is going to grow significantly.”

“The opportunities, like the options, are many. Rewards will go to the most innovative and creative professionals. And as the aging populations in other countries is growing at a faster rate than that in the U.S., there are additional opportunities in the global marketplace.”

How do I choose a medication management device?

Pillboxes have been on the market for decades.  A multitude of different pillboxes exist today at the consumer level and can be purchased at local pharmacies and drug stores.  Home Health Tech by Home Controls offers the next generation of these simple pill boxes.

A bit of technology can assist with medication compliance, including providing reminders, better self-management, accurate records and much more.

But which medication management device is the best fit for you or your loved one?  There are many factors.

  • Do you need an alert if medication is missed?
  • Are you active outside of the home and may need to take a day’s worth of medication with you?
  • How many pills do you take daily?  How many times a day?  What size are they?
  • Do you need a convenient way to keep track of which medications you are taking and when?
  • Do you prefer an auditory alert, or visual, or both?
  • Are you concerned about having access to more then one dose at a time?  Perhaps when pain medication is involved?

These are some of the many questions that can help you determine which device best suits your needs.  Take a look at our Medication Management Device chart to determine which product is best for you.

See all Home Health Tech medication management devices HERE >>

Home Health Dealer Program!

Have you joined the ranks of the growing Home Health Dealer community?  Home Health Tech has a FREE dealer program exclusively for the growing home health and caregiving industry.

Available exclusively through Home Health Tech by Home Controls: The Home Health Dealer Program is for professional integrators and care providers that provide assistance for the independent living or aging in place market. This program is ideal for system integrators expanding into the independent living market, home health professionals who see the value of adding technology to their offerings, durable medical equipment companies and more.

Dealer Benefits

  • Web based training on home health technology systems and products
  • Informative, targeted emails with sales and marketing tips along with industry and new product information (bi-monthly)
  • Independent living project ideas
  • Special Home Health Dealer Wholesale pricing on all Home Health Tech products and Internet access code to convert pricing to wholesale level online
  • Marketing and sales resources specific to the home health technology industry
  • Largest home health technology distribution offering, and growing quickly!
  • Huge stock commitment. We’ll have what you want, and enough of it!
  • FREE technical support
  • No minimum order size required
  • FREE ground shipping on orders more than $1,000 in the continental USA (some limits apply)
  • No restocking fee on un-installed returns within 60 days of purchase
  • Guaranteed lowest prices backed with price matching up to 30 days from your order
  • Same day shipping on in-stock items placed by 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time
  • FREE System Design Service
  • FREE custom stocking
  • Full 12-month repair or replacement product warranty
  • Friendly, courteous service

Sign up for Home Heath here » It’s FREE!

Misperceptions about the telemedicine market

 

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In an article posted on mHiSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), Jonathan Linkous (CEO of the American Telemedicine Association) discusses 6 misperceptions about the telemedicine market.

“Healthcare is a $2.5 trillion market in the United States and growing. Companies, institutions and individuals from everywhere are looking to see how to get a piece of the healthcare market. It’s the gold rush of the 21st Century, and health technology is where a lot of companies are staking a claim.  Now that excitement is turning to telemedicine. The variety of new entrants is vast – vendors selling devices or software, health systems using telemedicine to expand their market share and new providers of remote health services. “

Read the full article for explanations of the 6 misperceptions listed below.

  1. It’s not the technology – it’s the service
  2. Despite what you hear, Medicare reimbursement is not the Holy Grail for telemedicine
  3. Healthcare institutions, physicians and industry are partners, not enemies
  4. Device regulation is not bad – it’s good
  5. A great idea is born every minute, but few of them are successful
  6. Consumers don’t buy healthcare themselves

Six misperceptions about the telemedicine market:  Read the full article HERE >>

Show the seniors in your life just how technology helps them

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The Society of Senior Advisors published an article describing the benefits of assistive technology, and directed it right at seniors.  Unlike many articles out there directed at caregivers, this article speaks to the senior themselves, describing the challenge they may be facing, and then the technology that will assist them with it.  It uses friendly language, and explains things many writers take for granted that their audience knows.  For example, the term ‘smartphone’ is described in simple and clear terms, and the differences between a ‘smartphone’ and a traditional cell pone is explained.

This is a great article to read and then discuss with the senior in your life.

Read full article here:  How Technology Can Be Your Friend

Find many of the technologies listed in the article, as well as many more, at the Home Health Tech Store.

Smart sensor technology may soon be the industry standard in senior living

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According to an article published on Senior Housing News last month, “A growing number of senior living companies are implementing pilot programs testing various smart sensor or remote monitoring technology platforms in communities, and consumer expectations will drive a “seismic shift” toward full-scale deployment of these kinds of programs.”  (Read full article here >>)

Very exciting!  Those of us in the industry have known for a while there would be no choice but to adopt sensor technology into this market, but it may be sooner rather then later.  This type of technology would allow more seniors to be cared for, save money, and allow facilities to provide better care.

The article goes on to say “The most successful organizations are those that are anticipating their residents’ needs… Smart sensor technology is going to empower organizations in a way they’ve never had in the past so they can anticipate residents’ needs, and then be able to provide for them.”

So what types of sensors are these communities on the forefront of technology looking towards?   You will find many on the Home Health Tech Store.  Common categories will be Home Fire PreventionMonitoring & Alerts, and Mobility.

Technology in this market has largely just been reactive.  But in the best communities, says Porter, there’s a transition to, ‘How can we use technology to anticipate needs as residents age in place?’

Source:  Smart Sensor Technology in Senior Living Headed Toward Industry Standard

Families of frail seniors call sensors a godsend

Families of frail seniors call sensors a godsend

Article by: WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune

“Senior care technology, including monitoring systems such as motion and activity sensors, are a “godsend” to some older adults (and their families) who want to remain in a senior living community’s independent living section for  as long as possible, reports Minneapolis’ Star Tribune.

At Kingsway Senior Living complex, located in Belle Plaine, Minn., nine sensors track one particular resident’s activity, dispatching data to the system’s developer, Healthsense of Mendota Heights, and allowing family members to remain aware of his status.”

Above commentary by Alyssa Gerace of Senior Housing News

The importance of sensors, digital home health solutions, and various technologies has been all over the news for years now.  But what has been missing is real life examples and case studies.  This article describes how these solutions increase safety and increase the older adult’s quality of life, all while saving BIG MONEY!

If you haven’t jumped into providing home health technology solutions for your clients yet – now would be a good time!  Take a look at the solutions available on our website here:  Home Health Tech Store

For two years, it has helped keep him in his lower-cost apartment at the Kingsway Senior Living complex and out of the adjacent assisted-living unit. That $900 annual service saves him $22,000 a year.

Across Minnesota, thousands of elders are able to stay healthier, and delay or avoid institutional care, under the 24-hour-a-day attention of pressure sensors, motion detectors, pill dispensers, personal-alert pendants and other devices….

…At Kingsway, each of the 22 assisted-living units has the full array of sensors included in its monthly fee.

They pay the full cost: one-time fees of $1,500 to rent and $550 to install and program the system, and a monthly monitoring fee of $150.

“That sounds expensive, but it’s about the same as two weeks in a nursing home,” said Sharon Blume, director of family services and technology at Kingsway. “The savings start pretty quick.”

Read more here >>

What NOT to do as a family caregiver

Aging Wisely, based in Florida, is an Eldercare provider offering expert advice and resources on navigating through family caregiver’s concerns.  Their website is a wealth of knowledge for their clients, and they post some great blogs.  January 16th blog stands out, titled “A “What Not to Do” Checklist for Aging Parents“.  Reading through the list, it’s easy to see how these are common blunders, and the blog details the dangers behind them…

Here’s our aging parent checklist of 5 eldercare “don’ts” for families (and the things you can do to help make the path of eldercare smoother):

1.  Ignore family riffs and the potential repercussions…

2.  Use the internet as your only source of information…

3.  Use online forms for essential legal documents or ignore completing them all together…

4.  Focus solely on price…

5.  Assume you’ll be able to easily access the information you need…

Read full blog HERE >>

Aging Wisely offers an “Essential Checklist for Aging Parents” to help prepare for and guide you through various stages of elder caregiving.  Download their Eldercare Checklist HERE >>

 

Senior Care Technology: 2012 in Review

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Senior Housing News put together a review of the major happenings in 2012 relating to senior-care technology.  These articles remind us of the importance of technology in senior living facilities, technology’s role in Independent Living, senior’s willingness to use technology, how remote monitoring effects hospitalizations, and more.

Read Senior Care Technology: 2012 in Review HERE>>

Senior Care Technology: 2012 in Review

Senior Housing News Technology Category

Aging Services Technology Study

Report to Congress: Aging Services Technology Study

“This report was prepared under the leadership of the Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), through a competitively awarded contract to NORC at the University of Chicago and the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), with funding and close cooperation from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).”

CHAPTER 1: FALLS

  • 1.1. Definition of Falls
  • 1.2. Prevalence of Falls
  • 1.3. Costs and Burdens Associated with Falls
  • 1.4. Available Fall Management Technologies and Evidence of Their Benefits
  • 1.5. Fall Technologies Under Development
  • 1.6. Experiences of Other Countries with Fall Technologies

CHAPTER 2: CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT

  • 2.1. Definition of Chronic Disease Management
  • 2.2. Prevalence of Selected Chronic Conditions
  • 2.3. Costs and Burdens Associated with Chronic Diseases
  • 2.4. Available Chronic Disease Management Technologies and Evidence of Their Benefits
  • 2.5. Chronic Disease Management Technologies Under Development
  • 2.6. Experiences of Other Countries with Chronic Disease Management Technologies

CHAPTER 3: MEDICATION MANAGEMENT

  • 3.1. Definition of Medication Management
  • 3.2. Prevalence of Programs Related to Medication Management
  • 3.3. Cost and Burdens Associated with Inadequate Medication Management
  • 3.4. Available Medication Management Technologies and Evidence of Their Benefits
  • 3.5. Medication Management Technologies Under Development
  • 3.6. Experiences of Other Countries with Medication Management Technologies

CHAPTER 4: COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENTS

  • 4.1. Definition of Cognitive Impairments
  • 4.2. Prevalence of Cognitive Impairment
  • 4.3. Costs and Burdens Associated with Cognitive Impairment
  • 4.4. Available Technologies for Cognitive Impairment and Evidence of Their Benefits
  • 4.5. Technologies Under Developments to Address Cognitive Impairment
  • 4.6. Experiences of Other Countries with Technologies for Cognitive Impairment

CHAPTER 5: SENSORY IMPAIRMENTS

  • 5.1. Definition of Sensory Impairments
  • 5.2. Prevalence of Sensory Impairments
  • 5.3. Costs and Burdens Associated with Sensory Impairments
  • 5.4. Available Sensory Impairment Technology Solutions and Evidence of Their Benefits
  • 5.5. Sensory Impairment Technologies Currently Under Development
  • 5.6. Experiences of Other Countries with Sensory Impairment Technologies

CHAPTER 6: DEPRESSION

  • 6.1. Definition of Depression
  • 6.2. Prevalence of Depression
  • 6.3. Costs and Burdens Associated with Depression
  • 6.4. Available Depression Management Technologies and Evidence of Their Benefits
  • 6.5. Depression Technologies Under Development
  • 6.6. Experiences of Other Countries with Depression Management Technologies

CHAPTER 7: MOBILITY IMPAIRMENT

  • 7.1. Definition of Mobility Impairment
  • 7.2. Prevalence of Mobility Impairment
  • 7.3. Costs and Burdens Associated with Mobility Impairment
  • 7.4. Available Mobility Impairment Technologies and Evidence of Their Benefits
  • 7.5. Mobility Impairment Technologies Under Development
  • 7.6. Experiences of Other Countries with Mobility Impairment Technologies

CHAPTER 8: FUNCTIONAL DECLINE AND LOSS OF INDEPENDENCE

  • 8.1. Definition of Functional Decline
  • 8.2. Prevalence of Functional Decline
  • 8.3. Costs and Burdens Associated with Functional Decline
  • 8.4. Available Functional Assessment and Assistive Technologies and Evidence of Their Benefits
  • 8.5. Functional Assessment and Assistive Technologies Under Development
  • 8.6. Experiences of Other Countries with Functional Decline Assessment and Assistive Technologies

CHAPTER 9: HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES AND THEIR INTERPLAY WITH OTHER AGING SERVICES TECHNOLOGIES

  • 9.1. Introduction
  • 9.2. The Interplay Between Aging Services Technologies and Health Information Technology
  • 9.3. Barriers to Integrating ASTs with Health IT

CHAPTER 10: BARRIERS AND POTENTIAL STRATEGIES TO PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT, ADOPTION, AND USE OF AGING SERVICES TECHNOLOGIES

  • 10.1. Overview
  • 10.2. Barriers to Adoption and Use among Consumers, Caregivers, and Providers
  • 10.3. Barriers to Adoption Associated with Payers
  • 10.4. Barriers to DevelopmentReferences

Report to Congress: Aging Services Technology Study

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