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PLANNING AHEAD FOR YOUR BUSINESS

We like to think we’ll know what to do when our business hits a rough patch. But do we? Do we know to have "X" amount set aside to pay the bills, employees, contractors and ourselves? Do we make our business and/or marketing plans flexible enough to be able to change on the fly? Do we plan for trends in the marketplace and how we’ll overcome them? Do we plan ahead on changes in the administration of our countries and different mindsets to our current business approaches?

Planning ahead might not stop certain events from happening; but it will surely prepare you better. Are you planning ahead, and if not, should you be, at least just a little?

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AMERICANS AGAINST CUTTING MEDICARE COSTS

More than eight in 10 registered voters support action to prevent cuts to Medicare Home Health, a recent national survey finds.

The cuts are estimated to directly affect more than one million seniors and nearly half a million home health professionals.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes July 1 that would reduce Medicare payments to home health agencies by 0.3%, or $58 million, in 2015.

On Jan. 1, 2014, the Medicare home health benefit was subjected to a 14% cut in funding due to the four-year, 3.5% per year rebasing adjustment implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act.

The cut could cause as many as 40% of all home health providers to operate at a loss by 2017, according to a statement released by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare.

As an alternative to the 14%, four-year cuts instituted by CMS on Jan. 1, Congressmen Greg Walden (R-OR) and Tom Price (R-GA) introduced the Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act (H.R. 5110) on July 15.

The national survey found that 85.6% of respondents favor the delivery of Medicare home health services to homebound seniors; and 81.5% of respondents think lawmakers in Congress should take action to prevent harm to American seniors and home health professionals that will result from the 14% funding cut to Medicare home health services.

The study, conducted as part of a McLaughlin & Associates National Omnibus Poll on Aug. 8, surveyed 1,000 registered voters spanning political party ties.

“These survey results indicate that American voters – across all political affiliations – are deeply opposed to Medicare home health cuts and support replacing these harmful cuts with sustainable, pro-patient reforms,” said Eric Berger, CEO of the Partnership.

Based on recent data, CMS estimates that about 3.5 million beneficiaries received home health services from nearly 12,000 home health agencies, costing Medicare approximately $18 billion in 2013.

Source: http://homehealthcarenews.com/2014/08/eight-in-10-americans-oppose-medicare-cuts-to-home-health/

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WHAT HOME CARE MEANS TO EVERYONE

Working in the home care industry has been an enlightening endeavor that has shed a new light on how significant home care is to not only the seniors that receive services rendered by home care agencies, but so many others as well.

The family that seeks out home care services for their loved ones have a difficult decision to make: try their best without training and resources to take care of their elderly family members or look to trained professionals with appropriate resources to handle their loved one’s needs.  It’s an important decision that requires a lot of research and discussion to have all parties feel good about the choice going forward.

Other beneficiaries of the home care industry include the economy, growing work/job opportunities for those who service the elderly and more cost-effective health care choices to help offset potentially unexpected costs associated with senior care.

And along with the care of the elderly, support industries for their services are growing as well, benefiting additional workers and their local economies.  Kinnser-ADL is one of these web-based software support services, providing the top-of-the-line home care software management tools to assist home care agencies in doing their best to provide the best care possible to their clients.  By streamlining your day-to-day operations through Kinnser ADL, you can focus more on developing excellent relationships with referrals, clients, family members and many more.

To learn more about how Kinnser-ADL can help your home care agency, or be the best software to manage the care your elderly loved ones receive, contact us today to view a free online demo today!

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EVERYBODY NEEDS A COMPANION

Throughout our lives we rely on others to keep us company. When we are young it is our parents who keep us company, in college it is our friends and when we are married it is our spouse. But what about those people who don’t have someone with them all the time? Many people like this resort to pets or other ways of not feeling lonely. Recently a grandfather from Belgium lost his wife of 63 years and was left feeling alone. His family jumped to the rescue and provided him with a 24/7 companion to cheer him up. This YouTube video captures the precious moment.

http://youtu.be/xnQsC303SZ4

It is obvious in the video how happy the puppy made the older man. I believe it was the feeling that he will not be completely alone is what cheered him up. Like this man, none of us have to be alone! There are home care agencies across the country and even the world that provide companion care for people to help them with daily tasks and to just be a friend. These top home care agencies prefer Kinnser ADL home care software to be their management software because they know they will be able to provide the best and most efficient care with this type of software. If you want to see why so many home care agencies are switching to Kinnser ADL home care software, contact us today to view your own free online demo of the software!

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HEALTHCARE IS BEHIND IN MOVING TO ALL ELECTRONIC RECORDS

While President Obama set a goal for all Americans to have a digital health record by this year, cost and other factors indicate significant challenges ahead for the nationwide transition to electronic health records (EHRs) for health care operators, writes the Washington Post in its Health Reform Watch series.

EHRs are believed to be safer and offer access to better coordinated care. However, such systems come with a hefty price tag.

For a five-person practice, the first-year investment costs $162,000 on average, plus nearly $85,000 in maintenance fees, The Washington Post writes, citing a one study. The costs could run into the millions for hospitals.

Yet, operators are making progress, data show.

In 2008, less than 10% of hospitals had at least a basic electronic health system. In 2013, the percentage of hospitals that had at least a basic EHR jumped to 58.9%, data show. In 2013, about 25.5% of hospitals had a comprehensive EHR.

Doctors’ offices show a similar uptake of EHR systems, with about 48.3% having any type of EHR system in 2009 and 78.4% having any EHR system in 2013.

Medicare and Medicaid payment program standards are making it increasingly tough for hospitals and doctors to receive payments from those federal programs.

“It’s one thing to have patient information in digital form, but what really counts is what happens after that,” The Washington Post writes. “Just six percent of hospitals are ready for the second stage of the program this year, when they also face the risk of penalties for not meeting the program’s requirements. The [Robert Wood Johnson Foundation] found that while most hospitals can meet many requirements — such as sending online data to public health agencies and recording patient information — they’re still struggling on one key function: sharing information with patients. Just 10.4% of hospitals can do that now.”

But these functions, as well as the rate of doctors and hospitals investing in electronic records, are likely to increase as health care continues to shift to a system that is rewarding providers for better care, University of Michigan public health professor Julia Adler-Milstein tells The Washington Post.

“If you don’t have this data to know how you’re performing, it’s going to be hard to figure out how to improve value,” Adler-Milstein says.

Source: http://homehealthcarenews.com/2014/08/wapo-health-care-providers-struggle-to-meet-electronic-health-record-goals/

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TIME WITH GRANDMA

Every child needs a great relationship with their grandparents. Grandparents are there to spoil grand kids and give them extra cookies after dinner. I know my grandmother was a great person for me to sit down with and hear her opinions and stories on things such as politics, movies, work, my mom, etc. Some of my greatest memories come from spending time with my grandma or grandpa. I can’t imagine what it would be like to not have them a part of my life when I was growing up. There was a great article posted on www.northbrook.suntimes.com that is titled Countryside Parenting Tips: The Secret About Your Child Only Grandma Knows, and it talks about the great relationships we can have with grandparents. I have presented the text from the article below:

Sit beside a grandma with a hot drink, time, and a few good questions.  Ask her to talk about her grown children, what they were like at different ages, how they struggled, when they were frightened, confident, lost, and successful.

Ask her what she loves about one of her children, and what drives her crazy.  Remembering will bring her great joy, even when the memory is sad.  When she talks about her child’s character, the qualities that set him apart in her heart and mind, she will say something like, “He has always been that way.  Even when he was a baby.”

Predictable Quirks

Ask a good teacher to talk about her students. Without the broad perspective earned over a grandma’s lifetime, she will rely on her experience and intuition to reach similar conclusions.  She’ll say things like, “He never sat still in class, and he was never tired” or “She has such a positive attitude.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard her complain.” About one child she will say, “I spent the whole year telling him to tie his shoes.”   She’ll smile when she remembers the day he mastered the double-knot.

For parents and teachers, the greatest challenges are not surprising or unique.  They are mundane, repetitive, strangely related to the qualities that make a child wonderful.  The son who celebrates the natural world is also a slob. The daughter who reads voraciously forgets her lunch in the back seat, at least once a week.  Problems become so predictable, people who work with children lay awake at night, wondering what we are doing wrong.

Surprising Growth

There are and always will be those who are recognized experts in parenting and education. There are also people who are experts in human motivation and character development.  The best advice, though, usually comes from within.  Like adults, children change and grow in remarkable ways for reasons that will never be obvious.  Sometimes children drop bad habits or forget fears or mature in surprising ways because the people who love and care for them waited.

Our almost-nine-year-old son has avoided small boats and large animals since he was old enough to express his opinions.  He is on a vacation with his grandma this week, gallivanting with her through the Wild West.  He called to tell us rafting is “awesome,” canoeing a ton of fun.  His favorite activity?  Horseback riding with grandma.  “He’s so happy on a horse,”  grandma says.  “He never stops smiling.”

Always Reachable

We cannot be grandparents until we are, but there is time and space for improvement now.  The poet Mary Oliver says it best: “There are things you can’t reach.  But you can reach out to them, and all day long.” Parents could live more satisfying lives with a simpler mantra: Sometimes there is more to be learned from love than education. Grandparents have always understood this.  They move slowly in part because their bodies insist, in part because they have lived long enough to understand the power of patience and faith.”

Grandparents are a blessing in our lives, however, not everyone is lucky enough to have grandparents still alive today or ones that are healthy enough to spend time with. Kinnser ADL home care software is committed to protecting the lives and health of the aging population so grandkids will have an opportunity to build memories with their grandparents. Kinnser ADL provides the best home care software solution for home care agencies around the world in order for these agencies to offer the best care possible. Kinnser ADL home care software is full of innovative features that really gives home care agencies the help they need in managing the company so they can spend more time on the most important thing—caring for their clients.

Contact Kinnser ADL today to view a free online demo of the software and see how it can best help your home care agency provide the best care for your clients!

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LEADING TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES ARE FOLLOWING ADLWARE'S EXAMPLE

ADLware is a leader in this technology making staffing and working with clients much easier. With smartphone apps that have been released with version 2.0 coming out soon as well as online access, ADLware allows you to see in real time when a caregiver arrives to and leaves from a shift. Other technology companies are following in this same trail that ADLware blazed starting 4 years ago.

Changing health care legislation has pushed the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) in the industry, but new technologies are emerging to keep up with the industry’s evolving needs.

LG CNS, a subsidiary of LG focused on information technology services, has rolled out a new version of its Point of Care Solution (POCS) in order to cater to caregivers in the senior care market.

POCS version 2.0 bills itself as an integral part of the post-acute care EHR solution by providing one patient/resident record across the post-acute care continuum. In essence, it consolidates patient documentation and caregiver communication into an all-in-one smartphone app.

The new version provides documentation of daily care and activities of daily living (ADLs), advertisements of routine and specialty care needs, vital sign collection, voice communication, secure text messaging, touch screen clinical documentation, nurse or emergency calling and other capabilities.

With the updates, POCS 2.0 allows for more accurate and cost-effective strategies to documenting patient information at the point of care, says Robert Choi, chief strategy officer of Collain Healthcare, the provider of LG CNS health care solutions.

“I think a lot of this ties back to caregiver efficiency and accuracy,” Choi tells HHCN. “No matter what kind of situation you’re in, whatever setting you’re in, all [care] providers have increased responsibility to document what they’re doing. And for the sake of data transparency and for cost and revenue opportunities, accuracy of documentation is going to be an opportunity to optimize cost and revenue.”

Source: http://homehealthcarenews.com/2014/08/new-lg-tech-update-targets-direct-care-workers/

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BENEFITS OF MUSIC IN THE HOME

Going a little of the beaten path today, I wanted to tie-in something near and dear to my heart with the home care industry: music.  Studies have shown for years that “Mozart for Babies” can increase children’s brain activity, as well as other classical composer’s music.  But how does that play-out for seniors?  Studies show that slow, quiet classical music have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormone.

When seniors are stressed or worried about the on-set of age or other health challenges, actively listening to music can have a positive impact on the increased stress levels seniors experience.  Other benefits include:

  • Listening to music on headphones reduces stress and anxiety in hospital patients before and after surgery.
  • Music can help reduce both the sensation and distress of both chronic pain and postoperative pain.
  • Listening to music can relieve depression and increase self-esteem ratings in elderly people.
  • Music therapy significantly reduces emotional distress and boosts quality of life among adult cancer patients.

Reducing stress and improving your mental health is so important for seniors as more physical challenges and mental issues become a part of everyday life.  And at ADLware, we want to make sure home care agency’s have the best tools at their disposal to encourage stress-reducing activities, like listening to classical music, in their everyday activities with your caregivers.  To learn more about how ADLware can help you in managing your day-to-day operations, and provide you with one of the best return on investments you’ll make for your business, contact us today to view a free, online demo today!

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IS GRANDMA AN EASY TARGET FOR THEFT?

Who would steal from their own grandmother? The thought of it seems ridiculous and childish, however a new survey shows that one in twenty seniors have been financially abused and 57.9% percent of those victims were exploited by their own family. The next top class of people that are stealing from these elderly victims are close friends or neighbors. It is important that these seniors are taken care of and protected not only physically and emotionally but also financially. The majority of these seniors being exploited are in poor health and have diseases such as dementia which makes it hard for them to know what is going on. It is important to have someone in the home with these seniors that will protect them.

Home care agencies do their best to hire caregivers who are honest, helpful and friendly. However, sometimes it is hard to find people you can completely trust. ADLware home care software does not only have a top rated home care management software but it also makes it easier for home care agencies to search out and hire the best quality caregivers that they and you in the home can trust. ADLware has a hiring portal that gives a variety of options such as background checks, customizable checklist for hiring process and so much more. Here at ADLware, we care about the aging population across the world and we want to make sure they are safe and protected. Have your home care agency contact ADLware home care software today to view a free demo of our software management software and see how it can improve their company and also help them hire the best caregivers!

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IT'S ANOTHER FUN FACT FRIDAY!

Did you know that goldfish have more than a three second memory? In fact, research shows that a goldfish’s memory can span up to five months—that’s much longer than most people would venture to guess!

Scientists discovered this fact while training goldfish to associate eating with a specific sound. After training the fish to eat when hearing the sound, the scientists released them into the wild. Five months later the researchers played the sound and the fish came back for food.  Not only was it determined that fish indeed have great memories, but they also have the ability to be trained. Maybe they’ll be giving out handshakes next!

Last Fun Fact Friday’s post taught us that doing Sudoku or Crossword puzzles can help strengthen our memory. But did you know that even something as simple as going for a 30-minute walk a day also improves our memory? It doesn’t have to be an intense workout; just a pleasant walk in a park does the trick.

As partners in home care, we would like to encourage seniors and their caregivers to go for a 30-minute walk at least three times a week, as the situation permits. This will not only improve memory but also increase self-esteem, decrease stress, and bring more happiness to your seniors’ lives. ADLware is dedicated to helping caregivers bring happiness to their seniors and making sure those individuals are well cared for.

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LIVE FLEXIBLY

Flexibility exercises are important for seasoned athletes, fitness newcomers and anyone who's noticed changes in their body that make performing daily tasks a bit more challenging than before. Improved flexibility means improved posture, better balance and a lesser chance of injury.

Why Is Flexibility Important?

Flexibility is the ability to move your joints through a full or wide range of motion. How flexible you are depends on factors you can't change, like the length of your muscles and factors you can, like your current range of motion which is affected by activity levels and strength building exercises that contract muscle fibers.

Flexibility training is often overlooked because so much emphasis is placed on toning muscles, losing weight and improving speed or accuracy in sports. However, the more flexible you are, the better you'll perform, the better balance you'll have and the less likely you are to injure yourself or miss that shot on the tennis court.

How to Increase Your Flexibility

The most effective ways to increase flexibility are static stretching and dynamic stretching. Static stretching is performed when the body is still or at rest and involves gradually lengthening muscles to the point of mild discomfort and holding the stretch for up to 30 seconds. Placing your hands against a wall and extending one leg back to lengthen the hamstring is static stretching.

Conversely, dynamic stretching is performed while the body is moving and involves contracting muscles during the stretch. Walking lunges are a good example of dynamic stretching. You're contracting your thigh muscles while at the same time giving extension to your hip flexors which results in less tightness and greater range of motion in the hip joint.

Both static and dynamic stretching result in increased flexibility, but dynamic stretching is gaining popularity in the form of yoga and Pilates.

General Guidelines for Safe Stretching

Always warm your muscles before performing flexibility exercises with five to ten minutes of easy aerobic exercise like walking or jogging.
Hold each position for 10 to 60 seconds. 
Muscles lengthen slowly, so lean deeper into the stretch as you hold the position using your exhale as your guide.
Never jerk into or out of a stretch position quickly, but aim to be as fluid or flowing as possible.
If you feel pain, back off of the intensity. Some discomfort is normal, but when that turns to actual pain, you're putting yourself at risk for injury.

Source: http://www.life123.com/health/fitness/flexibility/stay-limber-longer-with-stretching-and-flexibility.shtml

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CMS-REVIEWED E-SIGNATURE TOOL INCREASES HOME HEALTH EFFICIENCIES

The controversial face-to-face encounter requirements have been the subject of concern for many home health care organizations, whose staff and physicians must complete hours of “burdensome” paperwork to comply with the new regulations, industry professionals say.

But with a surge in the use of electronic health records, a product has emerged that is helping physicians and home health agencies navigate the Affordable Care Act’s murky waters.

SutureSign, developed by Suture Health, Inc., is an electronic signature platform that, at its core, allows physicians to sign orders and fill out face-to-face documents for their home health care agencies to retrieve.

“Paperwork is the number one barrier to physician utilization of home care,” says Dr. Michael Blackstone, CEO of Suture Health. “By reducing the paperwork burden and adding value to the physicians’ time, we’ve increased the efficiency in which documentation is returned and thereby improving the operational efficiency of the industry.”

SutureSign has a network of more than 3,000 physicians, 650 physician practices and 200 home health agencies, and has processed 7,500 face-to-faces since its launch in November 2011.

Unlike other e-signature platforms, SutureSign allows a physician to use a single login to access all documents for any agency they work with, as long as the agency is in the SutureSign network.

For North Carolina-based WellCare Home Health, SutureSign reduces some of the existing inefficiencies in the home health care industry, as well as those created by the face-to-face requirements.

“Anytime you’re in an electronic world, it only helps facilitate the flow of information, decrease duplication of medical documentation, and helps you keep up with health regulations,” says Wanda Coley, chief operating officer of WellCare. “Anytime you can make things simpler in the complex world of health care, you want to be able to do that.”

Coley says SutureSign eliminates the possibility that home health agencies might be sending duplicate documents to physicians to sign. Before, paperwork may have gotten misplaced at the physician’s office or delayed in the mail, but the e-sign platform gets rid of that hassle.

“It even reduces the paper for us [as a home health agency], because we’re not having to print the orders for these physicians, mail them and put postage on them,” she says.

The physician turnaround is quicker and more compliant, Blackstone says, shortening the agencies’ billing cycles that may be held up by improper documentation.

This e-signature platform bills itself as the only “library-driven” face-to-face tool reviewed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

On face-to-face documents, physicians can pick from a list of reasons to explain why their patient requires home health services.

“Physicians aren’t used to explaining why they make their decisions — they don’t really understand how to properly document what CMS is requiring,” Blackstone says. “So we built a library-driven tool that allows them to [complete] their documentation while also educating them on what the proper documentation should be.”

Source: http://homehealthcarenews.com/2014/07/cms-reviewed-e-signature-tool-increases-home-health-efficiencies/

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TUESDAY HEALTH FACTS

Eating right and exercising regularly are such mainstays in the conversation surrounding a healthy lifestyle.  But how do seniors consistently accomplish such a feat when their access to such help and assistance in diet and exercise may be lacking?  Making diet and exercise a part of life can be more easily integrated into your life by following the diet and exercise tips below:

DIET:

  • Load up on high-fiber fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Your whole digestive system does slow as you age, so fiber is very important. Consume fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, fruit, and vegetables. They will help you feel more energetic and give you fuel to keep going.
  • Put effort into making your food look and taste good. Your taste buds may not be as strong and your appetite may not be the same, but your nutritional needs are just as important as ever. If you don’t enjoy eating like you used to, put a little more effort into your meals, including the way you flavor, prepare, and present your food.
  • Watch out for dehydration. Because of physical changes, older adults are more prone to dehydration. So make sure you are drinking plenty of fluid, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you’re not getting enough water, you’re not going to be as sharp and your energy will suffer.
  • Make meals a social event. It’s more enjoyable to eat with others than alone. If you live alone, invite other people over. It’s a great way to stay in touch with friends and you can share cooking and cleanup duties.

EXERCISE:

  • Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. Find out if any health conditions or medications you take affect what exercise you should choose.
  • Find an activity you like and that motivates you to continue. You may want to exercise in a group, like in a sport or class, or prefer a more individual exercise like swimming.
  • Start slow. If you are new to exercise, a few minutes a day puts you well on the way towards building a healthy habit. Slowly increase the time and intensity to avoid injury.
  • Walking is a wonderful way to start exercising. Exercise doesn’t have to mean strenuous activity or time at the gym. In fact, walking is one of the best ways to stay fit. Best of all, it doesn’t require any equipment or experience and you can do it anywhere.

ADLware is not only a home care software provider that is thinking about how to optimize your agency's success; we understand the goal of making your business more efficient will allow you to innovate and provide better services to meet the challenges your clients face.  As a customer-oriented support service, we understand the importance of relationships in this industry, and hope you'll take the time to view a free online demo of our services.  Contact ADLware today to set up a time for you to see exactly how we can help take your business to the next level!

 

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DANCING FOR CARE

There are many things that bring joy to our lives and finding a great video on Facebook or YouTube is one of those things that bring me joy. It is nice to have a pick me up in the middle of your day. I first saw this video of a grandpa dancing, at what looks like a wedding, a couple of weeks ago. This video has gone viral and has been the talk of the town, especially in the home care community. Watch this video link below.

http://youtu.be/fgMBUIIt8TE

Home care agencies, don’t you want your clients to be happy and energetic like this guy. By going with ADLware as your home care software, your clients will be dancing for care! ADLware is the top home care management software to assist home care agencies in providing the best and most efficient care. Contact ADLware today to see why thousands of Seniors are dancing for ADLware home care software.

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THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB

Each job requires its own set of tools to use - from drywall to plumbing and roofing to pouring a foundation. Knowing what tools and equipment you will need in advance will save time, money and frustration.

When it comes to Home Care Management, the best tool for the job is ADLware.  When joining the ADLware family you will experience unrivaled support and training that will get you up and running as quickly as  you want.  Our tools help you provide the best care without the added stress of overworking yourself.  You will be armed with an arsenal of terrific features that will help your business grow.

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5 PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY THAT HELP A SENIOR CITIZEN'S QUALITY OF LIFE

Residents at the Sunny View Retirement Community’s care center in Cupertino, Calif. loved playing with Biscuit, a life-size voice-controlled Hasbro HAS -0.17%animated toy dog. It would wag its tail and bark and sit up. The residents talked to the dog, and they talked to each other about the dog. Until it was knocked off a table and stopped working.

That’s when Davis Park, director of The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, started looking for an alternative solution. His mission is to test techtools that might help the older adults who have moved into Front Porch’s 12 retirement communities, including Sunny View, live better. (Sunny View is one of Front Porch’s five continuing care retirement communities that provide a continuum of housing for seniors, from independent living to nursing care.)

“These are market differentiators for retirement communities,” says Park adding, “When potential residents and their families visit, they realize these are really safe places that are enhanced by the technology.” Here are some of the tech programs Front Porch is testing or running at its communities; most could be used by individuals keen on staying put at home.

Enter PARO. To replace Biscuit, Front Porch is trying out Paro, an animatronic baby harp seal with large black eyes, made by Japanese automation outfit AIST. First introduced to the U.S. in 2008, and classified as a medical device by the Food & Drug Administration in 2009, Paro is designed to provide therapy in hospitals and care centers. Its $6,000 price tag and the fear that it would replace human caregivers stalled its introduction, but now its creator, inventor  Takanori Shibata, is offering a lease-to-own program (with maintenance support) to try to spread Paro’s presence in the U.S. Shibata has loaned two Paros to Front Porch to pilot, and so far, Park says he’s impressed with the results.

Residents in the nursing care and memory care sections of Sunny View are learning to care for Paro; they talk to it and socialize with each other, much like they did with Biscuit. One way Paro beats Biscuit: “It can take a little abuse,” Park says.  Caregivers have brought Paro out to help residents who experienced bouts of anxiety or wandering, reducing the need for anxiety medications by 30%. “The effect was pretty immediate,” Park says. “They would pet the device and calm down.”

Dakim BrainFitness. Front Porch offers Dakim’s online brain training program at all of its communities. It was the first product Park’s center tested when it was established in 2009, and he finds that residents are really engaged who use it. It’s a workout for six cognitive domains (long-term memory, short-term memory, language, computation, visuospatial orientation and executive function) disguised as computer games.

Lively home center monitoring program. Sensors attached to a pill box, a fridge or a key connect to a cellular hub that relays information to a caregiver/family member. So alerts will go out if grandma hasn’t been taking her pills, eating three meals a day, or leaving her apartment. “It’s a passive way for us to keep an eye on residents,” says Park about using it in a community setting.

Tapestry social networking. You’d think if you’re in a retirement community you’d have a built-in social network and busy social life, but social isolation can still be a problem, says Park who studied anthropology. Tapestry.net is a social networking platform like Facebook for seniors. It helps reconnect seniors with family and friends to exchange photos and messages using Apple  iPads or iPhones.

Stitch companionship matchmaking.  Stitch is being rolled out by the founders of Tapestry, and Front Porch is piloting it too. It’s like a dating service for friendships—when a new resident moves in, they can find someone to go to the movies with, or just hang out with.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleaebeling/2014/06/26/five-cool-tech-tools-for-seniors/?ss=personalfinance

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IMPORTANCE OF CONSISTENT AEROBIC ACTIVITY

Exercise is such an important factor to a healthy lifestyle and better quality life.  Seniors especially are in need of regular and consistent exercise - buy why more than other demographics?  Researchers have discovered that much of the physical decline in we associate with aging may have more to do with increased inactivity than with aging itself. Moreover, starting (or continuing) a regular exercise program can delay and reduce the affects of aging, and in some cases, even reverse some of the declines already brought on by previous lack of exercise. The benefits of regular exercise, and the negative consequences of not exercising, are probably most notable between ages 50 and 70 than at any other time in your life.

Consistency is truly a key ingredient to a number of routines as people age to ensure their healthy lifestyle is maintained.  Integrating exercise into your existing routine can be challenging, but very doable as you work to find ways to enjoy the physical activity you want to participate in.

And speaking of integrating, ADLware is the premier home care software that integrates seamlessly with other related softwares to help home care agency’s better maintain their businesses efficiency and productivity, along with innovative portals to increase family involvement and business transparency.  To learn more about how ADLware offers the most comprehensive system on the market today, contact us now to see a free online demonstration!

Source: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1291

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