RCare News & Blog
Mother’s Day can actually be traced all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. But the more modern-day precursor was in the mid-1800’s, with the formation of “Mother’s Day Work Clubs,” that helped women with childcare. After the Civil War, these clubs became peace organizations, to promote reconciliation between former Union and Confederate soldiers. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially established the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
“More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. These holiday chats with Mom often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37 percent.”
This Mother’s Day, as you brunch with loved ones, and enjoy fresh flowers and marvelous spring weather, RCare invites you to reflect with us on the reason we appreciate these amazing women in our lives, and the daily contributions and sacrifices they make for all of us. And, let’s also think about the mothers who are not only caring for children, but perhaps a spouse or aging relative as well. Let’s remember the mothers who are working in the caregiving field too. From CNAs to administration to nurses to doctors to social workers, and everyone else helping provide care for the sick, aged and disabled population.
We truly appreciate the incredible and selfless labor of the mothers in our community, the mothers in care, and of course the mothers in our own families.
Please join RCare in giving an extra dose of appreciation to the moms out there.
We appreciate you and we thank you!
Happy Mother’s Day!
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RCare Unveils the Secret Word (and Hundreds of Prizes) at Argentum in celebration of GeoPendant Launch
Argentum is the for-profit senior living executive conference of the year, so it makes sense that RCare is once again making a huge splash with brand new product offerings, games, prizes and more at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, May 1-3. Anyone who’s anyone will be there.
Now here’s the thing you need to do. When you visit the RCare booth #225, make sure to say the Secret Word to win a prize. (Hint: the Secret Word is SWORDFISH.)
Expo Hall Hours
Tuesday, May 2 | 11:30am–1:30pm
Tuesday, May 2 | 4:30pm–6:00pm
Wednesday, May 3 | 10:00am–1:00 pm
To set up an appointment, call 585-671-4144
While you’re there collecting your Bluetooth speaker prize and seeing if you qualify to win an even bigger prize, check out our brand new GeoPendant.
These pendants are integrated with RCare’s wireless nurse call systems to function as Personal Emergency Response Systems, so when the wearer presses the button on the pendant, caregivers can come to their aid. But they also wirelessly reports location information and can quietly alert caregivers if the wearer is outside of a custom-designed safe area for the resident. Residents retain freedom and dignity and caregivers retain peace of mind, knowing that their residents are within the safe perimeter.
It’s an especially good solution for mixed populations. You can’t lock the doors on your entire community. What do you do? The GeoPendant is the perfect solution. Come see us at Argentum Booth #225 to find out more.
Of course, we will also be showcasing our RCare advanced nurse call technology solutions, with advanced reporting and analytics, our Pretty Pretty Pendants, all of our remote monitoring and wander management tools as well as our proprietary RPhone, powered by RCare Mobile. This secure mobile handset is the perfect tool for secured, HIPAA-compliant, two-way messaging, learning information about residents and incidents and the accountability of the “I Got It” feature.
And remember, when you come to the RCare booth and say the secret word (swordfish), you not only win a prize immediately, but you will automatically be entered for a chance to win the grand prize! See you at Argentum!
Meet RCare’s latest teammate: Mr Gary Jones.
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Please join us in welcoming Gary Jones to the RCare team. He is our new Director of National Sales and he’s a perfect addition to the RCare staff.
We have to be honest, we couldn’t help trying to get Mr. Jones to “strike up a conversation.” It wasn’t hard to get him talking. He’s an incredibly smart, compassionate, friendly and personable guy. It was an obvious choice that he had the perfect mix of sales, technology and healthcare experience to be a great fit to our crew. Not to mention, he’s a swell guy who strongly believes in the RCare mission and vision.
He comes to us with a wide background in sales, technology, and health care. Before coming to RCare, Gary worked for the American Heart Association as the Director of Business Development & Corporate Relations. He has also worked for Asus, and the University of Rochester.
Gary attended Cornell University, and graduated with a degree in Biology. At Cornell, he competed on the Division I Track & Field team, where he was a Triple Jump champion. He is an Olympic Trials qualifier in that event as well.
So prepare to be amazed when you say “jump” and he says “how high?”
But Gary is not just about sales, healthcare and technology. In his spare time, he competes in CrossFit competitions around the country. He loves to travel, especially with his fiancée, Sarah. His favorite destination so far is Cairo, Egypt. Even though Mr. Gary Jones has admitted that he doesn’t know any “black-haired flamenco dancers,” we do know that he’s gonna be a big star.
If you’re going to be on the road, you may have a chance to meet Gary. He’s going to be at HealthTAC in Nashville later this week. You’ll also find Gary at PEAK Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. He’ll bring along our March 2017 catalog, which showcases all of our advanced nurse call solutions. We’ll also debut brand new products such as the BCube. The BCube offers all of the advanced features and technologies of our flagship nurse call solutions, but is designed, priced and scaled for smaller senior campuses.
Stop by and introduce yourself. We like Gary. We think you’ll like him, too. And trust us, Mr Jones is not only funky, but we know he really is gonna be a big, big star.
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 (236 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.