Monitoring Safety
Contemporary Long Term Care: Senior Living Safety (06/01) Vol. 24, No. 6 p.18; Long, Rachel

As the Congress and lobbyists fight to reduce the use of restraints on long-term care patients, Senior Technologies has been developing alarms and voice chip warning systems to prevent fall-prone residents from injuring themselves during an incontinent or disoriented moment. The devices would alert nurses about whether patients are moving or trying to get out of bed without assistance before an accident could occur. In addition, the voice chip, which could use a family member's recorded voice, could tell patients to wait for a nurse to assist them. Senior Technologies is also developing programs that would collect behavioral data and other information that would allow nurses to determine which patients are more likely to fall than others.

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