Nursing homes need to invest in a more complex, tech-savvy patient, says Thrive Center CEO


As operators across the country seek ways to modernize to attract new generations of patients and their families, one way nursing homes could take advantage of grants for technology investments is to use financial penalty funds. Civilian (CMP), according to Thrive Center CEO Sheri Rose.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) CMP Reinvestment Program uses a portion of the monetary penalties imposed on nursing homes to reinvest and support activities benefiting nursing home residents that protect or improve their quality of care or their quality of life.

In 2019, the New Hampshire Health Care Association and the Delaware Division of Health Care Quality Office of Long-Term Care invested in music and memory programs for patients with dementia. In Delaware, the approach to caring for people with dementia enabled 10 selected residents at each facility to set up personalized music playlists played on MP3 players and other devices to tap into the deep memories of families. residents.

Rose also believes the time has come to lobby for payers and the insurance industry to participate.

“What benefits the most are the insurers. So why don’t they cover this? She asked the crowd at the American College of Health Care Administrators Midwest Post-Acute Executive Leadership Summit last week. “I think that’s the right thing to do as a lobbying effort. The tools are there and they can protect your residents. But it’s a question of affordability.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs can also be a strong partner for veteran resident members, she added.

Rose wants nursing home operators to invest in and embrace immersive interactive technologies such as smart devices like smart mirrors, toilet seats, and refrigerators, all of which make life easier for nursing home residents as they go. as they get older.

“I had someone call me on Monday and tell me he had to stop using a product because he couldn’t afford it. It shouldn’t be a problem, ”she added.

The Thrive Center, based in Louisville, Ky., Focuses on solving challenges and scaling solutions for the elderly care market and serves as a consortium of people and ideas where interactive technology , innovation and educational programs can be seen and tested.

Rose expects patients to become more tech savvy now and in the future, especially as their children become more involved in their care.

“If I move to your site, I’ll come with my smart tablet, smartphone, voice assistant and expect you to accommodate,” Rose explained. “I have two daughters and they always beat me over technology. [If I was in a nursing home, my daughters] I wouldn’t just expect [the newest technology], they would demand it.

Another reason to invest now is that as nursing home patients become more demanding, investing in technology that makes life a little more comfortable for patients with ALS and dementia will help separate a facility. another when a patient and his family choose which house to enter.

Jerry Hoganson, administrator of Louisville, Ky.-Based Wesley Manor Retirement Community, said he has implemented several technologies suggested by The Thrive Center, including smart TVs that are both interactive and user-friendly.

Hoganson said he always looks to The Thrive Center for the latest innovations in long-term care for Wesley Manor, a continuing care retirement community that includes a nursing home with 68 licensed beds as well as other residences for the elderly.


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