As the baby boom generation becomes the assisted living boom generation, Accutech sees assisted living facilities increasingly interested in wander management systems to protect and accommodate residents who previously would have required a skilled nursing facility. Our Marketing Director Chris Konicek was recently quoted in an article for Long Term Living talking about this trend:
“[ALFs] are now adding memory care units or allowing residents who have some memory issues to stay,” Konicek says. “Say a husband and a wife come in, and one of them develops early onset dementia. They don’t necessarily want to be separated, and the families don’t want to move them to a skilled level of care and go through the process of removing them from one another. That is leading to more [ALFs] addressing the elopement question when it arises, instead of just immediately sending the resident to a skilled nursing facility [SNF].”
As assisted living facilities look to add resident protection systems, there is a strong need for adaptable turnkey solutions that easily integrate with existing systems (fall prevention, nurse call, CCTV, etc) at a cost that is not prohibitive.
“Our [LS2400] is an ID product that is based on an open-source concept,” Konicek says. “We’re basically eliminating the need for our software, eliminating the need for a computer. We can send our wandering and alarm information out to an existing system—most typically to a facility’s nurse call station. It’s a low price point, and it requires a lot less infrastructure.”
Last week in Helena, Montana, Michelle Yallup walked out of a hospital in Anaconda with her newborn baby. This moment is usually wrapped in joy and nervousness, but in this case, the state of Montana, concerned for the welfare of the child, issued a Missing Endangered Person Alert (MEPA) shortly after law enforcement contacted the state Department of Justice.
Infant abduction from hospitals and birthing centers is a rare but serious threat. This case in Montana last week, while unusual in that it was the mother who was unauthorized to leave the facility with the newborn, still points to the importance of RFID bracelets worn by infants to keep them safe and secure. There are many reasons why hospitals and birthing centers choose to install or upgrade their security systems using Accutech RFID-enabled products: lower total cost of ownership, advanced features, lower rate of false alarms, full compliance, and the most comprehensive customer support program in the industry. In addition to easy integration with existing systems, Accutech and our network of local dealers are committed to making sure that your staff receives the necessary training and support to ensure that there are no weak links in your infant protection system.
When buying an infant security solution there are many concerns that come into play. While first and foremost you need to find the solution that provides a safe environment and meets your organization’s needs, secondarily your upfront cost and lifetime cost of a system must be considered. Upfront cost is easy to capture and quantify but one area of lifetime cost that can be more elusive is the risk of forced obsolescence, i.e. the discontinuation of manufacturing and support of a solution you recently purchased. Your infant security solution should last you for at least 7-10 years and if provider discontinues your chosen solution within that window you are now in a position where your costs can double.
Accutech Security understands the need for clear, predictable capital expenditure planning and unparalleled support. Accutech is the most trusted name in RFID security. We have been a leading manufacturer of advanced electronic monitoring and security systems since 1985 and our specialized, RFID-enabled systems have been installed in more than 5,000 locations worldwide. We are innovating our product lines and expanding into new markets and industries while we continue to proudly continue to support every system ever sold. As an example of this commitment, 2014 will see the release of a new, upgraded software package that will be available at no additional cost to our existing customers. All Accutech systems are assembled in the United States, installed and serviced by a vast network of authorized dealers – Quality and service you can depend on.
Accutech’s Cuddles infant protection solution provides a secure environment for your patients at a lower total cost of ownership, and has a wide range of features that offer options to fit any budget. With free 24-hour technical support and automated staff notification, you can stop worrying about the security of your patients and focus your attention on providing exceptional care.
The Accutech advantage:
- More than 25 years in RFID security–we helped to build the security industry, and we continue to lead it today.
- To date, our patented patient security solutions have been installed in more than 5,000 locations worldwide.
- All of our systems come with 24-hour technical support, and our extensive certified dealer network means local service anytime you need it.
- Accutech products work seamlessly with your existing systems–saving you and your staff time and resources.