October 14, 2011
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — 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. SARA also will be implemented at three other Asbury communities: Inverness Village in Tulsa, Okla., Bethany Village in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Asbury~Solomons Island in Solomons, Md.
About Asbury Methodist Village
Asbury Methodist Village is a CARF-CCAC and EAGLE-accredited continuing care retirement community that is part of Asbury Communities, Inc., which provides management and support services for a system of continuing care retirement communities for older adults. Asbury Communities is ranked by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) and Ziegler Capital Markets Group’s AZ 100 as the 15th largest not-for-profit multi-site senior living organization in the country. Asbury Methodist Village is also a member of LifeSpan Network.
About Status Solutions
Status Solutions is the leading provider of innovative situational awareness solutions. Facilities can leverage SARA (the Situational Awareness and Response Assistant), an automated alerting system, CATIE (Communication and Access to Information Everywhere) an interactive touch-screen enabled kiosk, and MIMI (Motion into Meaningful Information) a health monitoring system, to be made of aware of any event.