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By Beth Bacheldor

Stanley Healthcare Unveils New Emergency Call Products for Senior Communities

Stanley Black and Decker's Stanley Healthcare division, a provider of visibility solutions and analytics for the health-care industry, has announced enhancements to its AeroScout real-time location system (RTLS) for senior living: the P10 Wi-Fi Resident Pendant and the Wi-Fi Emergency Call Station. According to Stanley Healthcare, its senior-living solutions are designed to protect residents anywhere within senior-living communities, as well as staff members, and employ a Wi-Fi network to locate residents, workers and equipment in real time with a high level of accuracy. Stanley Healthcare's senior-living portfolio includes not only the Wi-Fi Emergency Call Stations, but also its Healthcare Wander Alerting, Staff Assist, Environmental Monitoring and Equipment Management solutions.

The emergency call functionality provided by the new pendant and call station further extend the capability of the AeroScout solution. Now, residents carrying the P10 pendant can call for help from any location with Wi-Fi coverage, even outside on the grounds. The new, Wi-Fi Emergency Call Stations in resident rooms provide a further layer of security for residents, personnel and visitors. The pendants and call stations work with the company's MobileView software for the AeroScout solution, providing an enterprise-grade platform to manage alerts and document the changing needs of residents. The location, status and movement of residents can be viewed in real time and historically. Alerts can also be directed to staff members through a variety of means, including IP phones, pagers, mobile devices, e-mail and text messages. Customized maps make it easy to quickly determine a resident's location, with information automatically updated via mobile devices, smartphones and workstations.

The new Wi-Fi Emergency Call Station is a fixed-point device for residents, employees or visitors to call for help in the event of an emergency. It is installed in each resident's room, and at regular intervals around the facility. The device provides a flexible option over a traditional wired station, and can be repositioned as needed for each resident.

Unlike other solutions that only activate in a duress situation, the updated P10 pendant transmits its location on a regular basis. This detailed location information, combined with the call history from the Wi-Fi Emergency Call Stations, helps senior-living communities monitor resident activity levels to form a more precise picture of each resident for care planning, reimbursement and staffing-level analysis, Stanley Healthcare explains.

The pendent is smaller and lighter than previous models, features a large, easy-to-press button with a tactile surface. and provides positive visual and audible feedback to confirm successful button presses and other actions. It meets the IP 67 standard for dust and water resistance, can be configured and upgraded via the Wi-Fi network and has a replaceable battery with one to three years of battery life, depending on usage. The P10 pendant can be worn with a length-adjustable breakaway lanyard or a belt-clip. Colored clip-ons also allow for personalization of the tag.

Stanley Healthcare says that the P10 pendant has been "validated" in the facilities of its customers, including San Francisco Towers, part of Episcopal Senior Communities. "The reaction to the new pendant has been very positive. Residents appreciate the new look and the fact that the button is easy to press. It really creates a sense of comfort," said Pamela Stitt, San Francisco Towers' director of health services, in the prepared statement. "One of our core goals as an organization is to maximize the potential of each resident. Anything that encourages safe mobility for residents helps us in our mission."

The P10 Wi-Fi Resident Pendant is expected to be available by the end of 2015, with the Wi-Fi Emergency Call Station's release planned for the first quarter of next year.

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