CENTENNIAL, Colo., March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- It's Never 2 Late (iN2L), the pioneer and market leader of engagement technology designed for residents in senior living communities, announced today it has successfully rolled out to its 2,000th site, Sunny View Retirement Community. With iN2L, residents can intuitively 'touch their way' to person centered programs and meaningful experiences.
Sunny View is part of Front Porch, one of Southern California's largest not-for-profit providers of senior living communities and skilled nursing centers. Front Porch installed the iN2L engagement kiosks in Sunny View and measured their impact on residents and staff. The technology improves quality of life by actively engaging residents in experiences unique to their interests and cognitive abilities. iN2L has created and sourced an unparalleled content and application library, which is easily accessed through the use of its advanced, propriety User Experience design, via both standard and adaptive computer hardware.
"iN2L has had an uplifting and permeating impact throughout the Sunny View community," said Davis Park, director of Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing who studied the effects of iN2L with residents. "It really is an effective tool in our Summer House memory care neighborhood for improving engagement of residents and reducing the use of medication."
Park added that Front Porch chose to partner with iN2L because of their ability to individualize programs so they are pertinent and engaging to residents, which produces better outcomes. Park and his team used pre- and post-intervention surveys to measure iN2L's impact on anxiety and mood levels.
"We observed a marked improvement in social engagement and reduction in anxiety. We found tremendous outcomes, including elevated moods, social engagement, openness and interaction. Residents are smiling, laughing and interacting more." Caregivers also reported sharper focus in memory care patients and multi-sensory stimulation in lower functioning residents.
Front Porch Outcomes using iN2L technology:
- Overall increase in energy level = 30%
- Staff-resident relationship improvement = 27%
- Staff-resident family improvement = 43%
- Improved most recent family visit = 57%
"The iN2L technology has endless possibilities for connections, relationships and joyful interaction. It's building community," said Sally Plank, Sunny View executive director. "The innovative technology has engaged the interest of residents throughout our entire community."
"iN2L's person-centered engagement technology has been used in communities throughout the U.S. for a number of years, but this is some of the most thorough documentation we've seen regarding its benefits," said Tom Bang, iN2L CEO. "Through their study Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing has validated the positive impact of iN2L on residents and staff. Davis Park and the entire Front Porch organization are to be commended for demonstrating their market leadership by helping others understand how they too can enrich their residents' quality of life and outcomes."
About Front Porch
Front Porch is a not-for-profit 'human serving' organization based in Glendale, California, that serves individuals and families through full-service retirement, active adult communities, affordable housing communities and related management and development services. Front Porch retirement and active adult communities offer options ranging from independent living to skilled care, including assisted living and memory care. Founded in 1999, Front Porch embraces a leading-edge approach to enhance wellbeing with innovative communities and programs that meet the changing needs of people as they age. Front Porch serves more than 2,000 people in 10 full-service retirement communities in California and two adult living communities: one in Louisiana and one in Florida. Summer House memory care neighborhoods are located in seven Front Porch retirement communities in California.
The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing is part of Front Porch, and strives to harness technology solutions that support and enhance wellbeing in older adults. Core initiatives focus on how technology can: assist in maintaining brain health; enhance social connectedness; promote engagement and growth; empower control over health and wellness; prevent emergencies or serious events; and increase resources and support for formal and informal caregivers. It is the winner of the Bronze Award for the Dignity category in the 2015 McKnight's Technology Awards and the Aging 2.0 Pilot Pioneers 2015 Innovation Award. More information can be found at www.fpciw.org.
For information about Sunny View, visit www.sunny-view.org.
Founded in 1999, iN2L is dedicated to making technology and the Internet accessible and enjoyable for older adults — regardless of physical or cognitive limitations. A proprietary combination of adaptive hardware, software and content delivers a person-centered experience that engages, empowers and inspires. The engagement tools developed for older adults are currently used in 2,000 communities across all 50 states, Canada, Australia and Northern Ireland. The company is located in Centennial, CO. For more information, visit www.iN2L.com.
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