Status Solutions, provider of the Situational Awareness and Response Assistant (SARA), today announced that Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Md., has implemented the solution to serve as the new emergency response and alerting system at the 130-acre continuing care retirement community.
The wireless SARA solution was chosen to replace an older, telephone-based system, to add capability to determine the person’s location in the community. “SARA’s proprietary positioning system provides us with more precision in locating a resident who may be experiencing a health episode,“ explains Wayne Kendrick, Director of IT Managed Services for Asbury Communities. “SPS enhances our ability to ensure the health and well-being of our residents, which is our number one job.”
Numerous devices, such as mobile pendants, can initiate an alarm when someone is in need of immediate attention, but it is SARA that turns these multiple alarming systems into a single managed alerting solution, allowing for more efficient processes and faster response times to improve life safety.
In addition to its alerting, positioning and telephone capabilities, Asbury Methodist Village chose to implement SARA because of its flexible integration capabilities and robust reporting. The ability to add health monitoring through the MIMI (Motion into Meaningful Information) solution also played a role in adopting SARA.
“MIMI could help us further enhance life safety and security at our campus, particularly in our assisted-living areas where there are fall risks and early intervention is so important,” Kendrick says. He also notes that MIMI potentially could enable Asbury to extend its business to the community at large. “Our caregivers could provide health support for seniors in the surrounding communities using MIMI for health monitoring,” notes Kendrick.
Asbury Methodist Village includes courtyard homes, villas and spacious apartments, as well as assisted-living suites, skilled-nursing residences, memory support and rehabilitation therapy services.