SeniorBridge Skype program featured in Aging in Place Technology Blog
Aging In Place Technology Watch - June 6, 2010
"Finally, a thought about GCMs and technology. Last week the Times New Old Age blog featured an interesting mention of a doctor consultation with a 100-year-old woman -- and her grandson, attending through Skype video, on a laptop provided by the accompanying geriatric care manager. Yeah, that's right, the GCM. It was a first for the doctor (no early adopter there), and no doubt it was a first for the patient and her grandson. The GCM is not identified by name, only her company, SeniorBridge.
Now here is the remarkable part from the post: "SeniorBridge, a national geriatric care management chain, has trained its care managers to connect patients and families with laptops and Skype, not only during doctors’ visits but for special events like birthday parties or just for everyday contact." Maybe it's just me, but this is the first time I have heard about an organization of GCMs considering a video interaction with families important enough to define a process and train care managers accordingly. Meanwhile, an entire issue of NAPGCM's Journal of Geriatric Care Management, edited by GCM Julie Menack, was devoted recently to technology (including an article by yours truly). I think we've turned a corner -- vendors take note."
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