New Technology Great for North Georgia Memory Care
We know there are a lot of reasons to choose The Rosewood at Fort Oglethorpe for retirement living. From our beautiful facilities to services delivered by compassionate caregivers, we have a lot going for us in a crowded market. We’ve just added one more piece to the puzzle that we think can greatly enhance the quality of life for our residents.
This unique technology system is called “It’s Never 2 Late” (iN2L). The person-centered digital “engagement technology” was created especially for the senior living market, using a picture-based, touchscreen interface for easy access to unparalleled content, regardless of users’ physical and cognitive abilities. iN2L’s media library offers over 3,000 social, educational, spiritual, and gaming content options.
More than Just another Computer Connected to the Internet
You’d be mistaken to look at iN2L and dismiss it as just another PC networked to the web. Sure, it’s a great tool for keeping residents connected with friends and family through personalized profiles. Residents will have a blast listening to their favorite music. Watching people make the connection, getting excited about something from their past and wanting to share it with others, is a nice thing to see but this goes far beyond that.
Two things made this system worthy of investing in across the communities of The Rosewood at Fort Oglethorpe, Rosewood’s parent company: It’s easy for seniors to use and it has proven to be a fantastic therapeutic resource.
Pulling up music, pictures, maps, and more can help trigger emotional experiences in certain residents with Alzheimer’s. Stirred by the familiar sights and sounds, Memory Care residents can really engage deep emotional responses. While technology like this is not proven to permanently fix the problem of Alzheimer’s, it can go a long way in improving the quality of life of residents and their families dealing with this difficult disease.
The iN2L system also allows families an easier way to connect through emails and messages that go right to the device, making the family more engaged (because it’s fun) and making them feel they can be a part of their loved one’s life, even from a distance.
One 2016 study, The Birdsong Initiative, showed engagement with computers can have a positive impact. Researchers found a clinically significant decrease in utilization of medications needed for those using touchscreen computers with an interface tailored to the interests and abilities of seniors. The technology also positively affected behavioral episodes, stress, and depression; it even contributed to users regaining some cognitive function.
A Great Tool for Other Therapeutic Applications
The portable kiosk system accommodates virtually any person with an interest in using a computer, regardless of background, physical, or intellectual abilities. It can go anywhere a resident in a wheelchair can go. It transcends the physical barriers and difficulty of use. Seniors and computers aren’t always natural companions, but iN2L brings seniors the best tech with minimal frustration.
We are able to use iN2L for Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. Residents can also benefit from safety awareness and problem-solving applications.
An Exciting New Part of the Total Rosewood Package
It is our sincere hope that this new system gets families more involved and makes jobs easier for Activity Directors. iN2L will be an integral part of all of our Pathways INTENTIONAL Memory Care Neighborhoods, according to Jeff Clay, COO for The Rosewood at Fort Oglethorpe, Rosewood’s parent company. He selected the technology company-wide after reviewing several options and deeming this one as the most versatile and useful for residents.
Make Rosewood of Fort Oglethorpe Your New Home
For more information on scheduling a free consultation to discuss a move to Rosewood of Fort Oglethorpe, call (706) 866-4443 or leave a message on this website’s contact page. To learn more about the new technology specifically, visit iN2L.com.