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Intel-GE Care Innovations Targets Social Isolation in Older Adults

Intel-GE Care Innovations’ Care Innovations Connect is designed to address social isolation in older adults. Developed in partnership with seniors and senior service providers, Connect helps professional caregivers monitor the changing needs of seniors while giving older adults the tools that help them build ties to their communities and avoid social isolation and loneliness.

Care Innovations Connect includes a digital device that serves as a wellness communication tool and social networking hub. The result of 10 years of in-depth user research, Connect is a customizable offering that combines a range of wellness surveys, brain fitness games, medication compliance reminders, and simple social networking tools for seniors to help them “go digital” and proactively engage in their physical, social, and mental health.

The Connect system includes both an in-home digital device for seniors and an online portal where a professional caregiver can customize content for each member, including wellness surveys, access to wellness data, and community information.  By giving staff a tool to quickly assess individual wellness, Connect drives operational efficiency and improves quality of service with proactive, consistent, tailored care.

Recent data show that one of the biggest obstacles to successful care in senior living communities is members’ lack of information about available social services and the inability to easily socialize with others.  Connect overcomes this obstacle by proactively sharing information about available services, enabling seniors to connect with one another and build communities. In addition, innovative software lets professional caregivers customize wellness surveys for seniors so that they can proactively identify potential issues.

— Source: Intel-GE Care Innovations