Ongoing pandemic conditions have stressed long-term care providers in numerous ways, but they also have revealed many creative approaches for dealing with once-in-a-century challenges.
Emerging are better methods to communicate, deal with resident isolation, and protect workers and residents. Telehealth, virtual reality and simulated activities are just some of the examples that have been successful.
Providers doing any of these — or any other useful approaches — are in prime position to be honored in the 2020 McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards program. Entries to the cost-free recognition program are now being accepted through July 24.
Organizers expect a wide range of new or revised programs to be honored in this year’s competition, largely because of COVID-19 efforts, though honorees will be recognized for an array of efforts.
The competition features two tracks — one for skilled nursing and one for senior living — with six categories each. They include: Quality, High-Tech/High-Touch, Innovator of the Year, Keep It Super Simple, Safety, and Transitions. Entries should focus on the programs of provider organizations.
In other words, there is a category for virtually anything that takes place to improve resident care or long-term care operations. Scores of operators, big and small, have been honored in McKnight’s print and online coverage since the awards program was founded.
The program is joint presentation of McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living. Stanley Healthcare is the Platinum sponsor. MatrixCare is the Gold sponsor for the senior living track.