Latest news and insights from GrandCare
Latest news and insights from GrandCare
With staffing shortages plaguing the nation, I/DD and mental health agencies are eager to transform their services into a technology-first model. So, what now? How do you get started? Which technology should you use? How do you staff and integrate it into your existing service model? How long will it take to start saving money?
Laura Mitchell, CEO at GrandCare, and Brian Hart of ShiftAbility will walk attendees through the process during this year’s Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. Learn how agencies have used technology tools and staffing strategies to run their remote support services while reducing costs and improving outcomes.
The Technology First Transformation – Are You Ready?
Thursday, March 21, 2024 – 3:20pm PST
Elite 1-3, Anaheim Marriott
GrandCare is a remote monitoring and remote support platform that helps people with disabilities live more independently. And it helps agencies support more people without more staff, thus helping alleviate staffing shortages. GrandCare is a touchscreen-based solution that has automated medication and ADL prompts, video instruction, and one-touch video calls to remote support. The GrandCare platform uses motion and door sensors to alert remote support that something is amiss. It is also a fully featured telehealth platform so people can better manage their chronic health conditions. And GrandCare also has engaging games and entertainment that is customizable to suit everyone’s taste and interests.
ShiftAbility is a transformation consulting group that assists agencies in making a shift to technology-first using GrandCare and the Smart Living Model.
GrandCare and ShiftAbility will also be exhibiting. You can find us at booth 415 in the Marquis Ballroom.
Exhibit Hall Hours
700 West Convention Way
Anaheim, California 92802
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If you’re experiencing staff shortages, an increased population of clients who need support, as well as burnout for existing staff, you are not alone. Disability Service Support Agencies find themselves with the frustration of a client population with support needs and not enough physical staff to meet those needs.
We have good news. Assistive technology can help and sometimes even reduce onsite support hours by implementing a remote supports model powered by industry leader, GrandCare Systems.
And what if we told you that not only will your organization save money, but your staff will be more efficient and your clients will experience more independence. Sound too good to be true? It’s not, and we have several studies to prove it.
Many of your clients may need occasional help in the overnight hours, but maybe not every single night and it certainly isn’t necessarily all night. Having a staff member on site for an eight hour shift every single night is a very costly and inefficient way to solve for this kind of need. Consider the following scenario.
Marco has a few things he needs help with and he has engaged a support agency to provide that help. One of the concerns is that he has a sleep-related eating disorder. Occasionally, he’ll get up at night, go to the kitchen and eat a lot of things he shouldn’t. In some cases he might eat things that aren’t even food, creating an even more dangerous situation. For this reason the agency recommended that they have a support person there during the overnight hours.
On the occasion that Marco did get up and make his way to the kitchen, the support staff would wake up and simply say “Hey, Marco, it’s 2 o’clock in the morning. Don’t you think you should go back to bed?” Marco would often nod and go back to bed. In his case, Marco only needed that brief conversation to remain safe.
Now Marco is receiving this support remotely. When he gets out of bed, a motion sensor alerts the remote support staff that there is activity in his kitchen. Then the remote support staff member drops in on the kitchen GrandCare touchscreen to assist him in going back to bed. Marco no longer needs an overnight staff person and he still has 24/7 available support. But there are many “Marcos” in your organization. The remote staff cater to Marco’s needs, but also can simultaneously be available to 21 other residents in the overnight timeframe. The staffing ratio has now gone from 1:1 to 1:22. Freeing up these staff members allows your agency to reallocate staff hours to serve more people and to help those who really do need in-person support.
In Marco’s case, he only needed about 60 seconds of support. Using a remote support model through GrandCare, he can get this support only when he needs it and feel more independent the rest of the time. This not only improves Marco’s quality of life, but improves the lives of your caregiving team and organization. Talk about a win-win!
The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Ohio will be hosting a Virtual Technology Showcase. It will feature presentations from a variety of remote support providers, assistive technology vendors and device companies, who will be explaining their services and demonstrating their products.
Scott Feldstein, director of US sales at GrandCare, will be introducing the GrandCare platform at 12pm ET (11am CT / 9am PT) on Thursday, December 7, 2023. This online event is free and can be accessed via Zoom.
ZOOM LINK FOR EVENT: https://bit.ly/3QsmgTK
Meeting ID: 829 5006 3014
If you would like to reach out to Scott before or after the presentation, send us an email.