Minnix discusses CLASS Act
Larry Minnix, president and CEO of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), speaks to Maureen Hrehocik, editor of Long-Term Living magazine, about the CLASS Act provisions included in the recently passed House health reform bill. The CLASS Act was heavily touted during this week’s AAHSA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago by Minnix as well as several other association members.
AAHSA’s technological marvel—the ‘Idea House’ At the AAHSA Annual Meeting & Expo in Chicago, I had the eye-opening pleasure of touring the 2,600-square-foot AAHSA ‘Idea House,’ where “technology, universal design, and environmentally friendly construction come together to transform aging.” The open air prototype, designed by THW Design, was built outside the exhibit hall.
Other useful adaptations include: a desk, cabinets, and cupboards that raise and lower for ease of use; a doorbell connected to the TV so one can see who’s at the door before it’s answered; an airy portico that could easily be the center of activity in the home; wide doorways and openings; a medicine dispenser that will dispense medicines when they need to be taken and will remind the resident to take them; and the latest in furniture and beds, including one that lowers all the way to the floor and then has cushions around the mattress to prevent rolling.
This is a house that one could age in place in without ever having to move. And the computer technology! It was mind-boggling. There’s no doubt in my mind; the AAHSA ‘Idea House’ showed me the future is here.
Protection from dementia’s wanderlust
As residents with cognitive impairment—and their wandering behavior—become more prevalent in the long-term care setting, worried families and facilities are looking toward technology to help foster peace of mind and safety. One such form of technology, known as radio-frequency identification, or RFID for short, monitors the location of an individual by placing a tiny transmitter on their body.