Hunters Woods at Trails Edge earns McKnight's Tech Award
Innovative security features result in top prize in safety category
The IntegraCare senior living community located in Reston, Virginia, recently received the top prize in the Safety category of the Senior Living track in the 2019 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards. The award is presented by McKnight's Senior Living, a national publication and industry leader.
Hunters Woods at Trails Edge was recognized for elevating its resident safety to a new level through implementation of keyless entry to all 210 room doors as well as a power-assist door opener option designed to help reduce falls and increase independence.
"It's the integration of access control, wander management, nurse call, fire protection and security and phone systems, all working together to increase the efficiency, but also reduce the burdens on the staff," said Rick Irwin, CEO of IntegraCare.
The recognition had special significance to the team at Hunters Woods at Trails Edge.
"We are excited about receiving such a prestigious award," said Cissy Nickel, Executive Director of Independent Living Operations at the senior living community. "This award is another testament to commitment and quality of the technology that we have to better the lives of our residents and our team."
Hunters Woods at Trails Edge opened in late May 2019, providing four levels of care in the 300,000 square feet community. Irwin turned to Direct Supply Aptura and Atlantic Realty to help IntegraCare implement the cutting-edge safety improvements.
The hardwired access control with keyless entry to resident room doors will limit a resident to only entering his/her room. It also removes risks involved with use of conventional keyed locks.
"In memory care, it is expected that people wander into each other's rooms, which often causes a great deal of anxiety," Nickel said. "Our technology provides each resident access to their own apartment only. This also enables us to restrict access to the apartment by those who shouldn't be there."
The power-assist door opener helps reduce the risk of fall and improves independence by providing a variety of options to open the residents' apartment door, making it easier for residents with mobility issues to enter their rooms. In addition to being able to scan a fob, utilizing a touch system, and physically opening the door, a resident may use a push-button remote to unlock the door to open it.
"This year's winners show that technology is making great inroads into senior living
settings," said John O'Connor, editorial director for McKnight's Senior Living and McKnight's Long-Term Care News.
Cissy Nickel, ED Independent Living Operations