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LivingWell@Home (Senior living)

LivingWell@Home offers a suite of technologies designed to help seniors live more independently and remain longer in the place they choose to call home. Deployment began in Good Samaritan Society assisted living and home care communities in July 2012 and is designed to enhance care and service delivery through the use of sensor technology, telehealth and Good Samaritan Society central data monitoring services.


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With the help of an $8.1 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust in June 2010, the Society was able to launch a research project designed to study the effectiveness of using sensor technology, personal emergency response systems and telehealth services to help seniors maintain wellness and achieve their health and well being goals. The three-year research study involves 1,600 seniors in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa communities where the Good Samaritan Society has a presence.


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In addition to evaluating how sensor technology, telehealth and personal emergency response systems can help seniors, LivingWell@Home research also examines cost savings associated with these services. The Society believes the research results will not only demonstrate how these tools might play a role in curbing the overall cost of healthcare, but also persuade public and private insurers to provide reimbursement for the technology so more seniors can afford it. 


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The Technology
WellAware sensor technology services will be provided to residents living in assisted living communities to help identify variations in routine that may indicate a health concern or risk. WellAware was built in collaboration with senior living providers to focus on improving safety and quality of care for seniors by using connective technology. WellAware provides caregivers a directional guide to proactively identify changes in key wellness indicators such as sleep quality, activity level and bathroom visits. Identifying problems in these areas can significantly improve health-related outcomes.


Telehealth allows residents to monitor their vital signs regularly. This provides the ability for early detection and trending changes in pertinent vital signs.


The Good Samaritan Society LivingWell Center analyzes the passive sensor technology and telehealth data remotely to identify concerns or trends. LivingWell Center staff notify assisted living staff members of concerns. Assisted living staff members then follow up on concerns according to normal care and services procedures and protocols. LivingWell@Home technology provides objective data that can be used to help residents, and their caregivers when appropriate, more proactively manage health and well being outcomes.