Recently, rumors have been circulating that the newest version of the iPhone is set to debut save one crucial feature–the headphone port. Created in the early part of the nineteenth century, this audio connector was popularized when telephone switchboards were still widely used.

A staple feature of nearly every MP3 player, stereo system, and phone, if removed, all non-bluetooth headphones and speaker systems will become obsolete. We see this trend with other Apple devices as well with each new Macbook being released with a brand new charger.

Isn’t it frustrating when companies make changes that aren’t backward compatible? It leaves the customer holding the bag, expected to throw away previously purchased hardware and re-purchase new hardware. It doesn’t seem very customer-centric, which doesn’t sit well with us here at RCare.  We design our product with the caregiver and customer in mind. We want to create the most seamless and easiest tech transitions. As always, we will continue to grow and innovate, adding on new technology features to make our system even more comprehensive.

But, here’s the good news: you don’t ever have to worry that we will leave any of our valued customers holding the bag.  That’s why we made sure that RCare’s new G4 Advanced Locating Protocol works with all existing RCare transmitters. When we upgrade our systems, we take that extra step to ensure that our new technology works with our old technology. It’s that simple. 

Interested in joining our satisfied senior housing customers and become part of the RCare family? See a video testimonial about how a Wisconsin customer successfully improved the way they provide care for their residents using RCare.

Contact us or visit us at rcareinc.com.

RCare is delighted to announce they have been selected to attend the high-level  Long-Term Care & Senior Living CXO Summit on February 11th and 12th in Los Angeles, California. The Long-Term Care & Senior Living CXO Summit is the premier forum for C-level executives and high-end senior service and technology solution providers. This invitation-only event offers an intimate and private environment for a focused discussion of key drivers shaping the long-term care industry.


The summit begins Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 8:30am, with registration starting at 7:30am., and ends on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 6:00pm. The summit is divided into three distinct parts. The first being the Executive Conference Program, where a panel of industry leaders will examine the latest developments in critical strategies and streamlining technology processes. The second being One-on-One Meetings, which are pre-arranged between the Delegates and the participating Solution Providers. Lastly, there will be extensive opportunities for informal networking in a relaxed but professional business environment.

RCare Chief Executive Officer, Myron Kowal and VP of sales, Greg Meade, will be discussing their new Nurse Call G4 advanced locating protocol technology, the first of its kind in the senior living space, as well as brand new and beautifully designed PERS pendants.


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A man wearing his RCare pendant knows that help is only one button push away.

It’s 3 A.M. and Alice hears wheezing and coughing coming from down the hall. She rushes down to check on poor Henry who has spiked a temperature, again. She makes a note to check on him again in an hour and looks in on Sophia and Alan on her way back down the hall. All is quiet, a moment of relief.  That moment fades quickly away as her mobile phone displays that Ellen is in need of help.

She returns to her nurse station at Rock Hills Senior Community. This is just another normal night shift for Alice. She monitors the activities of 15 residents.  She responds to notifications such as a pendant being pressed at a bedside, or perhaps a high-risk resident has gotten out of bed.  She manages a team of caregivers and ensures the residents’ physical, emotional and mental needs are being met.

Technology in senior housing communities is rapidly growing. More and more communities are realizing that the Internet is no longer an option, but an expected amenity for not only the residents and their families, but also for the team of hardworking caregivers that care for many residents at once.  Remote monitoring solutions, Telehealth, telemedicine and advanced nurse call technologies are changing the way senior housing provides care.  

Leading remote monitoring and nurse call companies like RCare are making it easier for nursing and caregiving staff to quickly, effectively respond, and manage care for many residents at once. RCare Mobile alerts multiple caregiving staff members with an incident, and allows caregivers to eliminate duplicate efforts by the ingenious “I got it” feature.

When a fall happens, it can be frightening and minutes can matter. RCare’s G4 ALP (Advanced Locating Protocol) can narrow down the location of a pendant to a matter of feet, ensuring better response time and faster caregiver support.  Isn’t it time that you stopped trying to get better and just go for the best?  Choose empowered and faster caregiving. Choose RCare today.

It’s Friday night, late, and all of a sudden you realize that you or a family member really needs to talk to a doctor. Do you go to urgent care? Is it an emergency? Should you wait it out?  These are things that have undoubtedly happened to every new parent, as well as anyone caring for a family member. Why does it always happen on the weekend in the middle of the night? Well, that’s certainly a topic for an entirely different blog series on the probability of getting sick at the worst possible times.  

So what do you do? 10 years ago, you might’ve called the emergency nurse call center and discussed symptoms with them before being advised to go into the ER or Urgent Care. Now, if you have a smartphone, you have access to all kinds of medical care.

Want to talk to a doctor? Need a quick prescription? Maybe you just need to talk to a therapist. Perhaps you want someone to look at an odd rash or skin irritation. Whatever your need, you are increasingly able to get it met virtually, through the Internet, via your smartphone or tablet. This phenomenon is referred to as telemedicine, sometimes referred to as digital health or connected health.

But is it legit? Yes. Turns out, it’s so legit that many states even allow your insurance to be billed for these services, including Medicare and Medicaid.

So next time you’re up at 1am on Saturday morning with your loved one complaining of an unexplained skin rash and a spiking fever, just get out your phone. There is indeed, an app for that.

The world’s most advanced nurse call system is calling you. It’s time to respond. Contact RCare to learn more.

Senior care facilities across the country are demanding better and more cost-effective technologies to care for the elderly. There’s always a new sensor, wearable device, or notification system promising to make caregiving easier. Technology startups have recognized this market potential and are flooding the industry with new gadgets and apps every day. For those caregivers, children, and spouses actually looking after seniors, a rapidly changing landscape of new products makes it difficult to keep up.  Which ones really work?  Which ones are actually available and on the market today? Which ones are easy to use? This can result in feelings of “technology fatigue” and may actually contribute to lower quality care.

Over the last 50 years, senior living facilities have been completely transformed by technology. In fact, care for elders wasn’t even included in Social Security until 1965. This new coverage allowed seniors to leave “poorhouses” and move into new, albeit highly unregulated, privatized care facilities. In 1968 new regulations required skilled nursing facilities to provide 24 hour nursing services, meet building codes, and care standards for all residents. Over the next nearly 50 years artificial hearts, the Internet, computers, and advances in the early detection and treatment of chronic illnesses meant that people were living longer, healthier lives and wanted to remain at home for as long as possible. These conditions created the perfect environment for the aging technology sector to rise.

Because senior care facilities are often late adopters of new technology, by the time staff have been trained on a new system it could already be obsolete or outdated. Why learn the ins-and-outs of a nurse call system when a newer and better one will be available in a matter of months? In addition, frustrations caused by poorly-implemented (and thus malfunctioning) technologies may cause employees to revert to less sophisticated methods of caring for patients.

The problem isn’t going away anytime soon. With the Baby Boomer generation reaching retirement age, the demand for better, more effective technologies to streamline eldercare continues to grow. RCare, an innovative nurse call and alert management company based in Rochester, NY, is one organization working to solve this problem. By creating high-quality devices that are designed to expand and seamlessly integrate with existing technologies, RCare brings peace of mind and efficiency to senior housing providers everywhere.

At the Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Community in Denver, Colorado, Cora Graves explained that “the RCare system never fails to let me  know what is going on with my residents, and that lets me sleep at night.”

Mr. Larry Lilo, the Executive Director of the facility, agrees. “When we began evaluating systems two major considerations were key: integration with our existing systems, and forward thinking architecture allowing for future expansion. The RCare system…[has] time and again validated our decision.”

For more information on RCare, visit https://rcareinc.com/index.html or call 585-671-4144 or Contact Us.