Windsor Healthcare Communities Receive 2 McKnight's Long-Term Care Awards
Two Windsor Healthcare Communities - Buckingham at Norwood and Windsor Garden Care Center - received Certificates of Merit in the McKnight's Long-Term Care News 2013 Excellence in Technology Awards, announced on October 1st. The awards recognize the innovative ways Long-Term Care facilities are utilizing technology to improve the well-being of their residents.
Buckingham, a nationally recognized and Eden Alternative certified skilled nursing community located in Norwood, New Jersey, was recognized for their introduction of iPods and iPads to their residents and created a training program to familiarize users with the devices by utilizing collaborative group sessions. These sessions introduce new programs and Apps weekly, and have spurred the adoption of iPad use among about 20% of the residents of the community. These iPads areused for such activities as social networking, videochat with family from around the world, and surfing the Internet.
Dementia residents have particularly benefited as Buckingham has utilized the iPads as part of their antipsychotic drug reduction initiative. The initiative, featured in a number of publications as a model for reducing unnecessary drug use in nursing homes, uses the iPads to play music for elders and engage them in simple games that provide mental relaxation and stimulation.
Windsor Garden Care Center, located in East Orange, New Jersey, was lauded for their introduction of computer technology to residents and innovative programming that allows residents to connect with family and explore their heritage. Windsor Garden is an urban nursing home, with many younger residents who require long-term care as a result of violence. The creation of a dedicated resident computer lounge has allowed these residents to reconnect with their world in ways that previously were not easily available for those with care needs similar to theirs.
Windsor Healthcare Communities congratulations our winners and looks forward to bringing additional innovation to improve the well-being of our elders.
More information on the awards can be found here:
McKnight's Awards 2013