BURBANK, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 23, 2013) - The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing (Front Porch Center), a 501(C)(3) founded on the belief that technology innovation plays a vital role in enhancing wellbeing, has earned a Spirit of Innovation Award for the Center's eHealth initiative that uses broadband-enabled technologies to create an ecosystem of care for an underserved population of diverse and linguistically-isolated seniors through digital health literacy, remote patient monitoring, tele-consultations, and medication monitoring.
The Spirit of Innovation Award, which the Front Porch Center received in the Assistive and Predictive Technology Category, recognizes companies for their innovation, dedication to continuous improvement, development of best practices and commitment to the success of the long term care and senior living industry. The Front Porch Center will be honored during a luncheon today during the LTC & Senior Living LINK Conference in Chicago.
"We are thrilled and humbled to receive the LTC & Senior Living LINK Spirit of Innovation Award," said Kari Olson, president of the Front Porch Center. "We strive to close the gap by bringing innovative technological solutions to older adults that can assist them in proactively managing their own health and wellbeing."
The Front Porch Center has been at the forefront of using technology to help older adults live healthier -- and active -- lifestyles. In May, the Front Porch Center announced successful results from its "Minding Our Meds: Demonstrating Senior Medication Adherence with Cell Phone Texting Reminders" pilot project, which featured customized texting services for medication alerts, diabetes and other chronic disease medication reminders, and medication tracking programs for seniors at Front Porch communities and neighboring senior centers.
Earlier this year, The Front Porch Center piloted a CyberCycle fitness program which included two teams of 10-12 residents from a pair of Southern California Front Porch communities. CyberCycles are specially-designed bikes equipped with virtual-reality screens to simulate outdoor biking and racing.
The LTC & Senior Living LINK Conference brings together real-world, successful initiatives from long term care and senior living providers and covers the timeliest and most topical industry issues -- addressing the full scope of providers' business needs.
During the luncheon, Olson and Davis Park, director of the Front Porch Center, will present a case study of The Front Porch Center's eHealth initiative. In the presentation, Olson and Park will discuss the best methods for use of today's technology, as well as the need for technology to become more sensitive to multi-cultural needs and environments.
"At a time when people are looking to technology to serve older adults and transform aging in place, it's important not to lose sight of what is currently available with technology," Park said. "Using that technology more efficiently and coordinating efforts across organizations can really change and impact lives."
Editor's Note: Kari Olson and Davis Park are available to provide expert commentary and insight on the use and potential of technology with older adults, as well as the innovative ways The Front Porch Center is using this technology to enhance their health and well-being.
About the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing
The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing is part of Front Porch, one of Southern California's largest not-for-profit providers of retirement living communities and affordable housing. The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing strives to harness technology solutions that support and enhance wellbeing in older adults. The Front Porch Center's core initiatives focus on how technology can: assist in maintaining brain health; enhance social connectedness; promote engagement and growth; empower control over health and wellness; prevent emergencies or serious events; and increase resources and support for formal and informal caregivers. More information is available at www.fpctiw.org.
About Front Porch
Front Porch is a not-for-profit support system for a family of companies that serve individuals and families through full-service retirement, active adult communities, affordable housing communities through CARING Housing Ministries and related management and development services. Front Porch active adult and full-service retirement communities offer a full range of options from independent living to continuing care, including memory support. Specialized programs like the Front Porch Center for Technology Innovation and Wellbeing, Front Porch Gallery and affiliated Centers for Spirituality and Aging support the Front Porch belief in understanding and meeting needs so that residents can live life their way. With innovative communities and programs that meet the changing needs of people as they age, Front Porch represents a leading-edge approach to wellness in aging. Front Porch is comprised of 10 full-service retirement communities in California and three adult living communities: one in Louisiana, one in Florida and one in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Front Porch also serves individuals and families through more than 20 affordable housing communities managed by Front Porch's affiliate, CARING Housing Ministries. Front Porch, based in Burbank, Calif. and founded in 1999, is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to its residents and the communities it serves. More information is available at www.frontporch.net.