April 15, 2014

National publication profiles Light of Hearts Villa’s new real-time location system that improves resident safety

Since becoming the first senior living community in the state of Ohio to deploy the AeroScout® Wi-Fi Emergency Call Solution from STANLEY Healthcare, Light of Hearts Villa has received publicity in several national industry publications. The latest publication to profile the new system is RFID Journal, which covers radio frequency identification and its business applications.

Before installing the new system, residents in need of help used fixed pull cords installed in living areas and bathrooms. The problem was it could be difficult for residents to reach those locations, especially if they had fallen and couldn’t move. Pull cords also set off loud alarms throughout the facility when pulled, which could be disturbing to residents.

Light of Hearts Villa deployed a real-time location system (RTLS) in 2013 that enables residents to call for help from any location within the building and even the surrounding gardens. The goals were to increase resident safety, both inside and outside their apartments, and reduce the number of audible alarms. Light of Hearts Villa also wanted to collect data regarding response times and resident call patterns, to further improve its performance and care levels.

Each resident wears an AeroScout wireless tag on a lanyard, enabling him or her to call for help from anywhere within the facility or on its grounds. The call pendant is provided at no cost to the resident.

Employees can view system data from computers at nursing stations, and receive alerts via text messages on their mobile devices. All system activity is captured in a database, and a variety of reports can be generated to measure performance and analyze residents' changing needs.

The system has further increased the safety and security of residents and gives Light of Hearts Villa the ability to demonstrate the responsiveness of its nursing staff to a resident’s call for help. 

“This system,” said Elizabeth Hickle, Light of Hearts Villa executive director, “clearly demonstrates to the residents, families and staff that their safety and security are of the utmost importance.”

Light of Hearts Villa is a co-sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and the Sisters of Charity Health System

Pictured is a resident wearing an AeroScout wireless tag on a lanyard. Each resident wears one, which enables him or her to call for help from anywhere in the facility or on its grounds.


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