When nursing home residents lose dentures, they can face bigger problems than the $3,000 or more needed to replace them. They often need to wait months before a new set is made, months in which they may become
malnourished as they consume a diet of pureed foods.
As Alzheimer's disease and dementia become more common, lost devices such as dentures, hearing aids and eyeglasses are becoming a bigger issue.
"This is a common problem among frail elderly people living in an institutionalized setting," said Fred Sganga, executive director of the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook...
When "Where did I put my keys?" becomes "Where did I put my teeth?" it's often an elderly nursing home resident doing the asking. Tech to the rescue.
At Island Nursing and Rehab Center in Stony Brook, L.I., a new system called Scandent is helping retrieve residents' dentures, glasses, hearing aids and other personal items.
Technicians embed radio frequency ID tags into such items, and then mount tag readers at key points, such as hallways near the laundry and garbage disposal rooms,
and at the point where dining trays are returned to the kitchen. Scandent also provides handheld readers... Read More
HOLTSVILLE, New York -- Island Nursing and Rehab Center, a leader in skilled nursing and rehabilitation, is one of the first nursing
facilities in the nation to use Scandent, a new state-of-the-art tracking system for misplaced resident dentures, eyeglasses, and hearing aids.
The Scandent system was recently developed by Long Island engineers in response to a request from Fred Sganga, the Executive Director of the
Long Island State Veterans' Home. Mr. Sganga approached Scandent last year and asked for help in solving the denture loss problem at his facility...