Company has tech-enabled care in place for more than 500 clients
MERIDEN, Conn. – Assisted Living Services and its subsidiary, Assisted Living Technologies, are building momentum for 2017 as they look at new collaborations and ways to impact the home health care market.
The companies were awarded the Healthcare at Home Innovation Award by the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home in November for “embracing change and consistently striving to use new methods to optimize home health or hospice delivery.”
“Since so many of the services we offer are centered around technology, we are always evolving to provide our clients the best and most up-to-date products available,” said Mario D’Aquila, vice president of Assisted Living Technologies. “This award is a great honor.”
Assisted Living Technologies incorporates wireless, sensor-based PERS, remote monitoring, fall prevention, medication dispensing and location tracking to assist more than 500 clients of Assisted Living Services each day, said Ron D’Aquila, president of Assisted Living Technologies.
“Using technology is a value-added program that differentiates us in the market,” said Ron D’Aquila.
Assisted Living Technologies has been working with the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services to help transition people with disabilities from group homes to living in the community. The company provides remote monitoring, medication reminders and video capabilities to provide “supervised independence” to people who don’t need the direct supervision of a group home setting.
“We’ve helped dozens of people get out of group homes and helped save the state some money,” said Ron D’Aquila.
Assisted Living Technologies has also placed hundreds of medication reminder devices into the homes of senior citizens who are clients of the state’s Department of Social Services, and it is seeing increases in adherence.
Assisted Living Technologies is receiving interest from hospitals and home health providers seeking to reduce hospital readmissions and it is planning a pilot with an area home health agency this spring to provide tablets to patients recovering from knee replacement surgery.
“We don’t want to see health care technology take the place of the human touch,” said Ron D’Aquila, “but health care is definitely extending into the home more and more, and technology can help make that happen.”