United Methodist Communities has early successes with telehealth and RPM
By Bill Siwicki
Real-time vital sign monitoring in the hands of associates has improved staff effectiveness and efficiency at United Methodist Communities.
United Methodist Communities, headquartered in Neptune, New Jersey, is a faith-based, not-for-profit senior living and healthcare provider. With more than 110 years of continuous operation, the organization has grown to 13 locations offering independent, residential and assisted living; Tapestries Memory Care; respite; rehabilitation; long-term care; Bridges Hospice and Palliative Care; affordable senior housing; and live-in and in-home personal care through HomeWorks.
United Methodist faced two different problems: One was falls in its skilled nursing environment and the other was effective telehealth visits for residents.
Skilled nursing facilities take care of the frailest of the country’s elders. United Methodist wanted a way to keep its residents safe and protect them from falls, which can have dire consequences for this population. The other problem it was looking to solve was inefficient telehealth visits.