Jewish Home Lifecare
Here's how you know a program is successful: When people keep asking you when it's coming back.
Take whichever side of the argument you want, but you can't disagree that New York state's new flu-vaccine mandate has had a profound effect. By declaring health workers have to wear a facemask during flu season if they aren't vaccinated, the state has compelled more to line up for their shots. Jewish Home Lifecare just might be the most creative. Or bold.
Compelling stories of improved resident engagement is how some winners of the third annual McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards caught the eyes of our independent panel of judges.
Melissa L. Martin, M.D., is the new medical director for the Jewish Home Lifecare Manhattan Division. She will oversee care for more than 500 rehabilitation and nursing home patients.
Gregory Pool-Dayan, RN, MSN, has started as the administrator of the Bronx Division at Jewish Home Lifecare.
Jewish Home Lifecare won the top award in the Innovator of the Year category in the third annual McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards competition.
Q: You've been using technology in novel ways at Jewish Home Lifecare. What's the key to getting seniors to use technology to help improve their care? A: If the technology is too overwhelming, the elder's not going to use it. We've got a 70% compliance rating in terms of people who say they're going to use it every day or every other day and actually do. The reason is, it's simple.
What affect would the addition of chocolate have for seniors with difficulty swallowing? That's what we set out to learn.