Product Focus

Data Warehousing

PowerCube, from MDI Achieve, is a robust data warehousing program designed to allow users to “slice and dice” data to manage their eldercare business more effectively. PowerCube generates customized, personalized reports from other modules in MDI Achieve’s product suite. Simply select the fields of data you want to see in the pivot table. Once selections have been made, you can create charts and graphs or export to Excel for further manipulation. Your selections can be saved to make consistent reporting and true benchmarking possible.

For more information, call (866) 469-3766 or visit

Wound Care Training

Upstairs Solutions and Wound Care 101 have collaborated to provide advanced wound care training for senior facilities. The nine new modules create an extensive wound care library and join more than 100 online courses provided by Upstairs Solutions. The modules also provide continuing education contact hours for nurses and physical therapists.

Topics covered include the basics of anatomy, physiology, and wound assessment as well as more complex treatment techniques for chronic wounds. The courses can help facilities prepare for anticipated changes in CMS reimbursement for hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.

For more information, call (866) 763-4500 or visit

Safety Footwear

Shoes For Crews offers feminine athletic-style footwear designed specifically for the contour of a woman’s foot, along with rugged durability and soothing comfort. The Athena has full-grain leather and water-resistant SFC III Slip-Resistant Outsoles. Features include a Featherlight Technology with a compressed foam midsole for added support and flexibility, and EnduraMax insoles that allow air to circulate throughout the shoe.

For more information, call (877) 667-5477 or visit

Two-Way Radios

Motorola, Inc.’s newest line of business two-way radios, the CLS Series, is available from Tech Wholesale. The radios provide healthcare and assisted living users the ability to instantly communicate while maintaining service for residents. Lightweight and affordable wireless communication tools, the radios help to maintain efficiency and increase responsiveness for residents. With an easily accessible Push-To-Talk button on the front of the radios and headset accessory, users can have instant access to coworkers and can easily manage activities such as dispensing medication, coordinating meals, and responding to emergencies. A hands-free option is also available.

For more information, call (888) WALKY-TALKY (888-925-5982) or visit

Voice Alarms

Attendant voice alarms from Direct Supply are easy to use and now offer greater noise control and tamper resistance. These reliable alarms are now priced even lower than last year. Attendant voice alarms provide a recordable voice option that gently assures residents that help is on the way. Audible alarm noise is eliminated by sending alerts directly to the nurses’ station, and can be set with a 0- to 2-second delay. Optional self-timing pads help maintain F-tag compliance by tracking usage and notifying caregivers when pad life is about to expire.

For more information, call (800) 634-7328 or visit

Voice-Assisted Care

Vocollect’s AccuNurse voice-assisted care equips caregivers with ultra-lightweight headsets that enable them to hear plans of care on demand, deliver care accurately, document care as it takes place, and communicate with other staff for a quicker response to resident needs. AccuNurse voice-assisted care results in better cash flow from maximized reimbursement, lower operating costs, and a better resident experience because of proactive care.

For more information, call (877) 282-3456 or visit

Pharmacy Formulary

American Data has integrated a full Pharmacy Formulary into ECS—Electronic Chart System and Financial System. This feature immediately informs the doctor or nurse of the side effects of all medications, if medications will interact with the resident’s other medications or allergies, and the appropriateness of the medication for a specific condition.

In addition to these patient safety features, the integrated Pharmacy Formulary directly benefits your bottom line. It knows the costs of all medications given and billed to the facility by the pharmacy, automatically completes section U of the MDS, and identifies the least expensive medication as per NDC code and average wholesale price.

For more information, call (800) 464-9942 or visit

Healthcare Footwear

Because different work situations require different types of protection, SKECHERS Work makes a full line of protective and stylish footwear designed for the healthcare industry. One of its newest products, the Aboveboard-Crescent loafer, offers a slip-resistant sole and is made for durability, style, protection, and comfort. To see all the SKECHERS Work styles, visit

Aging-in-Place Online Service

MyCommunityConnection, from American HealthTech, is a breakthrough online service for independent senior communities to help their residents age safely in place even longer. This two-way interactive communications network uses age-appropriate design to engage seniors right where they live. The service is delivered to residents on their televisions with simple remote control operation.

MyCommmunityConnection’s suite of seven integrated services enhances resident quality of life and provides peace of mind for families. The community enjoys increased referrals because residents are more engaged in the services and activities offered. The service also frees staff by cutting time-consuming manual tasks to a minimum. MyCommunityConnection also trends resident information to enhance personalized service and care.

For more information, call (800) 489-2648 or visit

Long-Term Living 2009 February;58(2):36-37

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