Tag Archive for: Digital Caregiving

With each passing year, technology is playing a more significant role in improving and enhancing the lives of our aging population. Not only do these devices combat isolation and depression by increasing communication, they also enable loved ones to regain their independence. At RCare, we believe in holistic senior empowerment, and we feel technology plays a critical role. We have come up with four vital segments of technology to provide seniors with the most bang for their buck.

  • Wireless Internet Access

Wireless Internet (or WiFi) has arguably become as essential to any  american household as running water or electricity. Everything can be accessed online or through a smartphone “app”, eliminating the need for a stationary personal computer at all.  Many family and friend communications, photo sharing and information exchanges happen on websites and social media networks.   Not to mention, many remote monitoring and alert services (think alarm, security and pendants) rely on WiFi connectivity. Without wireless Internet access, our senior population may feel disconnected and disengaged with the world around them.

  • Socialization Platforms, Smartphones & Tablets

Now that we’ve done away with the traditional stationary computer, adding a tablet, simplified communication device or smartphone into the residence of a senior is a great way to reconnect. Seniors can listen to music, read books, play cards, view photos, track their health, and even play games to promote brain health.  Choices range from your typical iPad/Samsung tablet manufacturers to devices specifically targeted to connect and engage seniors with their family and caregivers (e.g. www.grandcare.com)  Wow!

  • Wireless Remote Monitoring

For seniors wishing to secure more independence, wireless remote monitoring and crisis management systems like RCare can really save lives. Technologies ranging from motion detectors to door sensors to push pendants can monitor the activity patterns for signs of an emergency, without violating privacy.

  • G4 Advanced Locating Protocol

For a patient who may have wandering tendencies or memory loss, wearing a advanced location pendant and push button can be essential. While other systems may only give caregivers a general idea of a pushed pendant location, RCare allows care facilities to pinpoint nearly the exact location, and in a fraction of the time.

Want to learn more about the technology options available for Senior Housing? Contact us to learn more about what we do, or read through our FAQs and client testimonials.

RCare giving thanks

It’s Thanksgiving, and we’re counting our blessings. What are we thankful for? We are thankful for you.

We are thankful for caregivers, and we are thankful for everyone who helps and supports you, so you can do your important work. Why? Because we have family and friends who rely on you. We have parents, grandparents, and other loved ones who depend on your every day. And one day–just like everyone else–we will need you, too. We’re grateful that you’re here, that you’re doing what you do best, and that we know we can count on you to be there for us, now and in the future.

There is no higher calling than caring for others in need. It’s why we strive so hard to serve you, to make your work easier and more effective. And by “you” we don’t mean only the people who show up in mom’s room if she pushes her nurse call button. We mean all of the people who are necessary to make senior living communities work. From executives to food service to facility managers, we thank you.

When we designed RCare wireless nurse call systems, we were thinking about all of you. We were thinking about caregivers, who get good information and great communications. We were thinking about decision-makers, who get top-notch reporting, and the information they need to make the best decisions. We were thinking about facility managers, who need to keep the place running, and running safely. At RCare we know that everyone in your community plays a part in it’s success. Our job is to make each and every person in your community successful.

And we’re thankful that you entrust us to do so. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Happy Labor Day from RCare

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi

For most families in the U.S., Labor Day symbolizes the end of summer. We celebrate with barbecues, parades, picnics with our families, and we maybe even squeeze in one last summer vacation. But do we take the time to appreciate why we have this holiday, and what we’re truly celebrating?

Labor Day was created in late 1800s to pay tribute to American workers. It became an official federal holiday in 1894, to honor working people, their achievements, and the contributions they make to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country.

So, as you celebrate this Labor Day, as you enjoy the last 3-day weekend of summer, RCare invites you to reflect with us on the daily contributions of the many workers who care for our elderly, our disabled, and our sick population. We’re truly appreciative of the amazing work these compassionate and hard-working people do for the weakest, and most vulnerable of our citizens. We rely on these workers to heal, support, care, and yes, clean up, as they go about the messy, challenging, rewarding, and difficult work that comes with any kind of caregiving.

RCare exists because we’re passionate about helping long-term care communities. Our mission is to empower these caregiving staff members. We know their frustrations, and we’ve created tools to help make their work more efficient, more effective, and a little bit easier. We want to help, as they strive to make their communities a better place to live, to visit, and to work. We do this by helping caregivers feel connected to each other, connected to residents and connected to management. RCare empowers professional caregivers to make better decisions and allow them to track success. We know why caregivers go to work every day and it’s to offer the best quality of care possible. RCare strives to assist in that mission.

This Labor Day while we enjoy the company of our friends, neighbors and family members, let’s remember to give praise to our nation’s workers. And join RCare in giving an extra dose of appreciation to our nation’s hard-working caregivers, to the health professionals in the trenches, giving the day-to-day care, to their hardworking administrators, and to all of those unpaid family caregivers who devote endless time and dedication for their loved ones.

We appreciate you and we thank you!
Happy Labor Day!

RCare was delighted to be highlighted and called out for their advanced location protocol featured in a recent Nurse Call System research report by Grand View Research, a San Francisco-based market research and consulting firm.  

RCare Mobile's "I got it" feature on ensures caregiver accountability and lets multiple caregivers know who will be responding to any given alert.

RCare Mobile’s “I got it” feature on ensures caregiver accountability and lets multiple caregivers know who will be responding to any given alert.

Nurse Call System Market Worth $1.8 Billion By 2022: Grand View Research, Inc.

This study found that the global nurse call market is expected to reach 1.8 Billion USD by 2022. This number will be driven by reimbursement coverage reductions, hospital readmission penalties and the increased expectation for digital health in long term care.

RCare is a market leader with a global footprint throughout the United States, Europe and most recently in Asia with their latest Malaysian distribution partner.

The report singles out RCare for its innovative “I Got it” feature on the RCare Mobile and the Advanced Location Protocol (available for senior housing communities in the United States).

Wireless communication equipment is expected to witness rapid growth. With the increasing healthcare complexities, the need for integrated nurse call systems and electronic health records is driving the industry players to launch advanced solutions. InNovember 2015, RCare launched its G4 technology with Advanced Location Protocol (ALP) for senior living facilities. The “I Got It” button provides a state-of-the-art solution to allow staff to pinpoint locations with the aid of RCare pendant.”

Read the entire release

Pretty Pretty Pendants are back in stock, order yours today!

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We know seniors can sometimes resist having to wear those bulky, ugly PERS pendants.

This led us to pose the question, “why do pendants have to be ugly?” Turns out, they don’t! It isn’t an actual requirement. (We checked).

Our Pretty Pretty Pendants have been a Pretty HUGE success!  Needless to say, we’re Pretty excited.

While we knew at least some seniors and senior living facilities would be interested in our new Pretty Pretty Pendants, we didn’t realize just how interested they would be and we sold out immediately. Don’t worry, we made more! We now have our Pretty Pretty Pendants back in stock and they are already going pretty fast!

Don’t wait, contact us to get yours now. Please visit https://rcareinc.com/contact/.

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 11.30.17 AMThey said Beauty lies within.

We say Flaunt it!  

They say Liberty is within us.

We say Wear it proudly on your chest!

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Response Care, Inc. (A.K.A. RCare), is honored to announce they have been awarded the Rochester Business Journal’s 2016 Health Care Achievement Award Honorees in the Health Care Innovation category.

The Rochester Business Journal chose 21 individuals and two organizations (RCare being one) for its 14th consecutive year of awards celebrating the impact of healthcare innovation in the Rochester community.  The Health Care Achievement Awards recognize excellence, promote innovation and honor the efforts of individuals and organizations who are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in Rochester. The awards honor the best that Rochester has to offer.

RCare’s Myron Kowal, a veteran attendee of this exclusive awards ceremony, was delighted to learn his organization had been selected.

“I have been attending this ceremony for years and am delighted that I will be able to be on stage with some inspiring innovators in the Rochester area,” said RCare CEO, Myron Kowal. “I am proud of the RCare Innovative team for honing and releasing the latest in Nurse Call technology, the G4 Advanced Locating Protocol. This new, ground-breaking technology is ultimately what secured us the award.”

Since 2006, RCare has been devoted to improving the lives of elders around the world. Beginning in the Rochester, New York area, RCare continues to flourish and now serves facilities throughout the United States, Canada and most recently into Europe.

The honorees in all categories will be featured in the Health Care supplement in the Rochester Business Journal.

For more information on RCare, please visit www.rcareinc.com or email info@rcareinc.com

G4-ALP

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.

 

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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.

LIS_2015RCare is honored to be selected for this year’s Louisville Innovation Summit October 14-17.

Myron Kowal was chosen to be on a panel discussion about technologies that can help mitigate hospital readmissions, manage chronic disease and empower patients/residents to be more independent.  This panel will be moderated by digital health industry expert, Laura Mitchell of Laura Mitchell Consulting.  Joining him is the chief medical officer of grandCARE, Erick Eiting.

1:00 P.M. October 14th, 2015

AGING WITH VITALITY TRACK: DIGITAL CAREGIVING & EMPOWERED PATIENTS

Location: Tom Clark – Todd Hall

With the backdrop of the affordable care act, health providers are being penalized for cost of readmissions within 30 days. Meanwhile, society is faced with a huge disruptive demographic: the aging population. One can hardly discuss the aging tsunami without addressing the rising cost of healthcare, typically spent more in later years in life.

Everyone is looking to provide more cost-effective care, turning “man-to-man” professional caregivers into “zone caregivers”. This session will describe technologies that can help mitigate readmissions, manage chronic disease and socially empower patients at home.

Erick Eiting (grandCARE)
Laura Mitchell (Laura Mitchell Consulting)
Myron Kowal (RCare, Inc.)

The RCare mission is to help caregivers provide quality care, safety and security for their patients, residents and loved ones by providing state-of-the-art, reliable communications. We promote the prudent and caring use of these technologies to Healthcare and Eldercare Communities so that those in need may live with independence and dignity.

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