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Your facility is small. Your budget is, too. You know you should be looking into new technology that will help your senior community be the best it can be. But you can’t afford to go to expensive trade shows.
What do you do?
You check out the McKnight’s Virtual Trade Show & Expo. This two-day event is being held completely online. Visit virtual booths. Live chat with representatives from top companies in the industry. See what’s new. There’s even bling! Fill out our brief survey and be entered to a drawing for an Amazon Echo. The expo may be virtual, but the prizes are real. And the best part? It’s entirely free to attendees. No travel expenses. No lodging costs. And no registration fees.
We think it’s such a great idea that we’re a sponsor for this year’s show. Stop by our booth and check out all our great products, including our new BCube, the best little nurse call system ever.
We know that there are a lot of smaller senior living communities out there. Although you’re small, collectively you care for nearly half the seniors in the United States. And we also know that the best technology for enhancing care has been cost-prohibitive.
But we have smart people working here, so we sent them back to the drawing board to come up with a really great nurse call system, with all the features that RCare customers have come to count on: detailed analytics and reporting, HIPAA-compliance, mobile two-way communication, the “I Got It” feature that tells you who is responding to what call. Most of all we wanted to make it easy for smaller communities to afford. And they did it! It’s called the BCube. Check it out.
So register now for the McKnight’s Online Expo. Then “drop by” our booth on Tuesday or Wednesday. Say hello. Ask questions. Enter our prize giveaway drawing. Network with colleagues and vendors. Attend great, information-rich educational sessions. Earn up to 5 CE credits. And do it all without breaking your budget.
McKnight’s Online Expo is a free and interactive online-only event for LTCN professionals.
March 14 & 15, 9:30am EST
To register: www.mcknights.com/online-expo/section/298
RCare is a exhibiting at McKnight’s Online Expo and Trade Show, and you don’t even have to leave your office! This event, for LTCN professionals, is sponsored by RCare, is completely free, and is held entirely online.
Come visit us in our booth. Fill out a short survey to be entered into a drawing to win one of two Amazon Echoes! Then stay awhile, to find out more about our new BCube nurse call system for small communities, our flagship RCube advanced nurse call system, and to check out our new Spring catalog.
Why should you attend McKnight’s Online Expo?
- Registration & Attendance is free
- Providers can earn up to 5 CE Credits
- Network with colleagues & vendors
- Learn more about our BCube nurse call for small campuses
- Chat with RCare booth reps in real time
- Attend from any online device!
- Great information-rich educational sessions
Come join us for this free virtual trade show. We look forward to “seeing” you.
McKnight’s Online Expo
March 14 & 15, 9:30am – 4:00pm
Completely online, and free
Get more information, and register…
Later this month, broaden your perspective and expand your thinking at the PEAK Leadership Summit, the preeminent leadership forum for top-tier executives in the aging services field. RCare is sponsoring and exhibiting at the event.
New this year at PEAK: Participate in the exhibitor-wide survey, and you’ll receive the full set of questions and results at the end of the show.
RCare’s own Myron Kowal will be representing us at Kiosk 38
March 20, 9:30am-1:00pm
March 21, 9:30am-noon
Contact RCare to schedule a private meeting or demo.
RCare @ PEAK
March 19 – 22
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Washington, DC.
EFA Event Location
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Feb 26 – Mar 1, 2017
Drop by Booth 511
Tues Feb 28: 11:45am – 2:30pm and 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Wed, Mar 1: 9:45am – 1:00pm
Want to arrange a private demo?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Environments for Aging Expo & Conference offers the latest strategies and ideas for creating functional and attractive living environments that meet the needs of our aging population. During this comprehensive three-day learning experience, attendees will network with peers while learning the latest innovations and best practices in senior friendly design for long-term and residential care settings.
In addition to RCare’s flagship RCube advanced nurse call solution, RCare is excited to introduce our newest BCube solution, designed, scaled and priced for small senior housing communities. All of the rich monitoring, communication and reporting features of the RCare products, at a fraction of the price. RCare will also be showcasing our Pretty Pretty Pendants and Patriot Pendants. Designed for beauty, sleekness and wearability.
#RCare #BCube #BestLittleNurseCall #EFACon
Nearly half of all skilled nursing facilities in the U.S. have fewer than 120 beds. In fact, according to the Nursing Home Data Compendium of 2015 by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, there are close to 8,000 skilled nursing communities that have fewer than 100 beds. This leaves a lot of small senior living providers with few options to provide top-quality care to people who deserve the very best.
Advanced nurse call systems such as RCare’s standard advanced nurse call system offerings are complex and feature-rich. Typical installations may be in large facilities that have hundreds of beds, a large staff and many receivers and transmitters collecting information throughout the facility. (Think nurse stations, nurse call buttons, pull-cords, door sensors, etc.) The system may include dozens of mobile devices carried by caregiving staff and administration. Managing all these devices and their communications with one another requires an enterprise-class computer server. But along with this robust technology comes a price tag that isn’t affordable for small campuses. So, they simply don’t have access to the best advanced nurse call options available to other communities.
RCare recognized this underserved population and decided to address it by engineering a customized, scaled and innovative solution designed for small campuses with this great need and smaller budget. RCare realized that first and foremost, the approach to the design needed to change. Small campuses simply don’t need the robust enterprise-level server hardware. A much smaller computer can easily manage the job, while saving on unnecessary hardware costs. There are also far fewer transmitters and devices in a smaller facility, which results in fewer communications. This means the lower horse-power of a smaller computer can efficiently and effectively handle and distribute the communications from each of the devices. So, which computer could do this at the right cost? That may be the cleverest part. RCare took an existing RCare nurse desk console unit and reengineered it to act as the server itself, in addition to its regular duties as a nurse station.
The result is the RCare BCube. Now, for the first time, smaller senior living communities will be able to afford and deploy caregiving technology previously only available to the big players. They will be able to get the very best technology available, at a fraction of the price. With the BCube, the facilities get the benefits of the existing, thoroughly developed, tested, and supported functionality of the larger RCare solutions, but re-engineered to serve the smaller installation.
The BCube nurse stations function like the nurse stations of the larger cube products, reporting sensor information, alert statuses and ensuring caregiver accountability. And the BCube provides the important accountability capabilities of the larger systems, including analytics, reporting and the RPhone “I Got It” caregiving accountability tool.
The BCube was designed only for smaller communities and is limited to installations with fewer than 128 beds. But what if a small campus expands and gets hundreds of additional beds and tries to deploy hundreds more push buttons and other devices? RCare thought of that too. It is seamlessly forward compatible and easily upgradable to larger and more robust RCare solutions, without hassle or inconvenience.
RCare’s revolutionary new BCube.
Best fit for you
That is not the question. The question is When?
It’s your first week on the job for a small caregiving staff at a 50-bed skilled nursing community. The intimate and family-like feeling of the community is what drew you in to begin with. And so far, you have met almost all of the residents and you like the small team of carers that you work with.
But, there is one thing that is frustrating to you. When multiple calls come in from residents, you are given no information on what to expect, what to bring and how urgent it is. On this Saturday evening, you receive two calls within minutes of each other, from Rooms 101 and 134. It could be a fall, a request for help to get out of bed or just someone needing a glass of water. The readout on the caregivers’ pagers simply shows the time of the call with a room number. You wonder whether someone is already handling the calls or perhaps most importantly, which resident do you prioritize to check on first?
The problem is that you need some more information to properly prioritize the calls. But you just don’t have it. You don’t know if it’s an emergency, or the resident history, or what to bring along, or if they happen to have allergies you should know about. You’re stuck in an impossible situation. You know you can’t possibly provide the best care without having the facts. So what to do?
Well the call from Room 101 came in first, so that’s the one you answer. But, your coworker is also there when you get there. Turns out Ruth accidentally pressed the button. Now two of you have responded to this non-emergency situation simultaneously, while Henry in Room 134 has slipped in the bathroom, is extremely frightened, and nobody is there to assist him.
If you work in a larger facility, you may have the benefit of a high-tech call system that can help you sort that all out. High-end advanced nurse call systems, like RCare’s flagship solution called the RCube, sends you all of the information you need to various communication devices, lighting platforms or even to nurse call console stations. Communities can go one step better and use secured, encrypted mobile devices such as the RCare RPhone to securely receive all information and have two-way communication between the caregiving staff, administration and even to the residents.
You can talk to the resident, gauge the situation, bring the correct supplies, reassure that you’re on the way, and prioritize. These RPhones also allow caregiving staff to claim responsibility using the “I Got it” feature, informing the rest of the staff that you’re responding to this call, eliminating duplicate efforts and ensuring accountability.
Around half of all skilled nursing facilities in the U.S. have fewer than 120 beds. That’s a lot of hard-working, compassionate caregivers who have inadequate tools to provide care, and a lot of seniors who don’t benefit from new caregiving technology and improved response times.
But because you work in a smaller facility, you simply don’t have this kind of high end technology. Instead, you are stuck with a low-information nurse call system that gives you beeping pagers and loud intercom messages. It’s really not fair to your residents and to the caregivers striving to provide top-notch quality care. So, If the technology is available, why don’t smaller facilities use it? It’s because high-end, advanced nurse call technology is simply unaffordable for small campuses.
Well, that is until now.
Introducing the RCare BCube: Best Little Nurse Call System Ever. Designed, customized and scaled for the smallest skilled and assisted living communities, with all of the features of the big time advanced nurse call systems, at a fraction of the price. Now, even the smallest senior living communities can afford to have the best nurse call technology for their staff and their residents.
So to BCube or not to BCube?
That’s never been the question. The real question is, how soon can I get it installed?
The RCare BCube. All the monitoring, communication and reporting features of our large flagship RCare advanced nurse call system, scaled and priced for a smaller facility.
Valentine’s Day originated as a Christian feast day honoring Saint Valentinus, who was imprisoned and martyred after performing weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry. It remains an important holiday to many people around the world.
All we know is, it’s a good opportunity to express your affection for the people most important to you. Sentimental? Sure. But we at RCare think these kinds of things are important. After all, caring for others is at the heart of what we do.
And it’s at the heart of what you do. There is no higher purpose, no greater calling, than caring for another human being. What you do for your seniors isn’t just important. It’s paramount. It’s the very core of what makes us human.
We’re very glad to be a part of it. It’s why we developed our new BCube. Roughly half of all skilled nursing facilities in the United States have fewer than 150 beds. Such small organizations have not benefitted from recent advances in nurse call systems because they could never afford flagship offerings like RCare Mobile. With BCube, now they can. We scaled our most robust and innovative technologies to fit the budget of even the smallest of senior communities. Why? Because we want every senior and every caregiver to have the best tools. It matters to us.
We know it matters to you, too. That’s why we think of you not just as customers, but as our partners in caring. So here’s a little love from your friends at RCare. Happy Valentine’s Day to you, your community, and your loved ones.
RCare is delighted to be selected as a solution provider for the revolutionary LTC/CXO summit, an invitation-only forum for senior level executives and solution providers.
RCare CEO Myron Kowal featured on an interview by LTC/CXO:
LTC-Senior-Living-CXO-Summits-Response-Care-Case-Study.pdf (222 downloads)
We’ve got some BIG news to announce at the LTC and Senior Living CXO Summit (LTC/CXO) in Pasadena. We will be introducing our all new, revolutionary BCube platform designed specifically for small campuses. Using all of the BIG monitoring, sensing and reporting features of RCare, the BCube is a more cost-effective, efficient and scaled design.
What makes the BCube so exciting?
It’s a big-featured nurse call system scaled and priced for small communities. Advanced wireless nurse call systems like RCare Mobile are comprehensive and robust, designed (and priced) for large skilled nursing and assisted living communities. With their smaller budgets, we’ve seen that smaller communities are often priced out of the market for the new technologies that make caregiving safer for the resident, and more efficient for the staff. So we went back to the design table and came up with a way to give you the great features of our bigger nurse call systems, at a smaller price. All of the big capabilities, without the big price tag.
What else is new at LTC/CXO? We’ll be sharing our revolutionary new technologies that make RCare the leading advanced nurse call system across the world. We will talk about our recent integrations with EMR giant PointClickCare, wander management leader Accutech and telehealth and socialization platform GrandCare Systems. We’ll be showcasing our custom-made, HIPAA-compliant RPhone handsets powered by RCare Mobile to ensure communications are fast, descriptive and secure. We are also showing off our new sleek Pretty Pretty and Patriot Pendants. These beautiful accessories are designed for ultimate functionality with elegant style.
LTC/CXO is being held February 9-10, 2017, at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena, CA.
RCare is leading the advanced nurse call movement across the globe with professional installation, support teams throughout the United States, and distribution partnerships in Canada, Europe and most recently in Asia. Contact us: email@example.com to locate your local RCare representative.
2016 was quite a fantastic year for us at RCare. We celebrated our 10th anniversary. We launched our Pretty Pretty Pendants for residents who didn’t want to wear an ugly and bulky badge of frailty. We launched the CC9000 caregiver panel, perfect for every busy nurse’s station. We integrated with industry leaders PointClickCare and Accutech. And, most exciting of all, we announced our revolutionary new mobile handset, the RPhone.
And that’s not all. We took RCare on the road! We attended tradeshows and events in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Austin, Philadelphia, Little Rock, Denver, Orlando, New Orleans, Indianapolis and Dusseldorf. This is not even a complete list of all the miles we logged in 2016.
Our terrific year did not go unnoticed. We were named one of the top 100 companies by the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. The Rochester Business Journal awarded us the 2016 health Care Achievement Award for Innovation. The Upstate New York Trade Conference called us out as a case study on how Rochester companies can successfully go global.
As 2016 draws to a close, however, we’re mindful of an important thing: we had a great year because of you. When we made new products, we made them because you asked for them. When we expanded into new areas, it’s because you welcomed us. When we received awards, it’s because you nominated us. So from the bottom of our hearts we thank you.
Here’s to a terrific 2017 for all of us! We can’t wait to share what we’ve got in store!
“The Summits have opened up new projects and our meetings have resulted in sales. We get at least two clients from each event,” said Myron Kowal, President, Response Care, a solution provider at marcus evans LTC & Senior Living CXO Summits.
How many new clients does each Summit lead to?
We get at least two clients from each event. We continue to build our relationships to explore new opportunities.
All of our sales go through distributors, so although our marketing and sales efforts happen here, once they become projects we hand them over to one of our 48 distributors in the US to carry out.
It is difficult to draw straight lines between meetings and deals, so we could have closed more business as a result of our one-on-one meetings than we know.
Could you have met these companies if you had not attended a marcus evans Summit?
They are new opportunities. Perhaps I would have eventually met these companies, but by the time that happened, they may have chosen another product over ours.
How effective is the one-on-one meeting format?
It is terrific. In most cases, the executives we are paired with have a genuine interest in our product and what we have to say, and their level of influence on the buying process is significant.
RCare returns from the MEDICA Trade Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany where RCare Mobile was officially introduced outside of the United States. With RCare Mobile, long-term care facilities can provide their staff with all the functionality they require in an app-based call system. RCare Mobile provides all the smartphone features that caregivers need, and allows none of the features that put facilities at legal risk. Winners of the Rochester Business Journal Award for Innovation; RCare is no stranger to bringing exciting new technologies to the world of nurse call systems.
RCare is the first company to introduce a smartphone solution for their nurse call system. Currently patent-pending, RCare Mobile revolutionizes the elder care market. In 2015, the European Patent Office reported that no other tech sector submitted as many patent applications globally as the medical technology field. Trine Bjerregaard Nyvang, the COO of Cekura, said, “We are pleased to offer RCare technology to our senior housing clients in Denmark. We have a reputation of implementing the latest and greatest in innovative and comprehensive technology, which made RCare’s Nurse Call, PERS and Proximity Location protocol the obvious choice.” The elder care market is growing exponentially across the world and RCare promises to be at the forefront of this surge.
RCare Mobile provides caregivers with two-way communication, complete information, and the unique “I Got It” function that makes sure every call is answered, and without duplicate effort. After recently expanding to Canada, Malaysia, and Denmark; MEDICA 2016 provided the perfect stage for RCare to show why they are the world’s most advanced nurse call system. RCare met with representatives from 22 countries with a high degree of interest in representing RCare as a distributor. Myron Kowal, President/CEO of RCare, says, “European demographics in elder populations far exceeds that of the US in terms of percentage of population. Although culturally, families have been taking care of elderly in their own homes, the numbers will necessitate the use of modern technology just to keep up with demand.”