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Designing Technology Solutions for Optimal Outcomes: How to Successfully Incorporate Technology Into Senior Living New Builds and Renovations 

12-06-2021 09:21 AM

Hosted by the Design for Aging (DFA) Knowledge Community on December 6, 2021.


Too often Senior Living communities find themselves stuck between the desire to add new and innovative technologies and the reality that their building infrastructure is outdated and cannot support the latest in technology trends. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted these gaps as technology became a "must have" solution instead of a "nice to have" option. The planful use of technology to solve current and future challenges will help operators realize gains in staffing efficiency, resident care outcomes, and provide options for future tech deployments. The key to current and ongoing success depends on the ability to design, specify and deploy technology-rich environments that seamlessly blend interior design form with technology function.

Learning objectives
  1. Understand recent changes in the technology landscape and where Senior Living tech is going in the direction of Resident Safety and Wellness.
  2. Learn the importance of a properly-designed network infrastructure that can support today’s and tomorrow's Safety and Wellness technology solutions.
  3. Grasp the importance of having a Technology Design professional engaged with your team early to achieve optimal outcomes for resident Wellness and Safety.
  4. Recognize the impact technology can have in conjunction with space planning and interior design on Resident Safety and Wellness.


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Christian Buesing
Christian has over 20 years experience in the low voltage/technology industry, touching all aspects from installation and implementation to design and project management. His specific focus has been in the healthcare market helping hospitals, clinics and primary care providers with their technology roadmaps and implementation plans.

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Patrick Mahoney
Pat has more than 27 years of experience in designing technology systems for healthcare providers across the country. His diverse experience spans from wander management and emergency call systems to video surveillance and intercom systems. His willingness to give back to the information and communications technology industry has led him to serve as the Chair of the Committee for the BICSI Information Transport Systems Design and Implementation Standard for Healthcare Institutions and Facilities.

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Gaurie Rodman
Gaurie has more than 20 years of experience in architecture, planning and real estate development. She leads Aptura’s development services team, which includes strategic planning, market analytics, design and construction management. Her goal is to create Senior Living facilities that meet clients’ current and future functional and aesthetic needs while adhering to project financials and performance metrics.

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