Leading Age NY | Nursing Professionals Conference & Expo

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Leading Age New York | Nursing and Social Work Professionals Conference & Expo

Secure Care Products’ long-time distribution partner, Emerald Resources Healthcare, will be an exhibitor at the Nursing and Social Work Professionals Conference & Expo hosted by Leading Age New York.  Be sure to drop by booth #37 to learn more about the wide range of solutions Emerald has to help your staff ensure the best care, and increased safety and efficiency!   From a Real-time location system to wander management and from nurse call to patient lifts and bathing systems….Emerald has the solutions your business needs!

What:     Nursing and Social Work Professionals Conference & Expo
When:    November 7-9, 2018
Where:   Albany Marriott, Albany NY

ASIS Emergency Preparedness & Safety Conference

ASIS International, North Carolina Piedmont Chapter | Emergency Preparedness & Safety Conference

Secure Care Products will exhibit at this great conference.  Be sure to drop by and let our expert explain how our solutions can support your business’ efforts to protect and secure your facility.  Real-time location system, wander management, infant security….we’ve got the security solutions your business needs!

What:     ASIS International’s Piedmont North Carolina Chapter (#82) Emergency Preparedness & Safety Conference
When:    November 1, 2018
Where:   Bridger Field House, Winston-Salem NC

Southeast Security Expo 2018

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Secure Care is excited to be exhibiting again at the SAF Technologies Inc’s Southeast Security Expo.  Come see us on pit road to talk about the security solutions we can offer your business!  From wander management and infant security to RTLS offering accuracy to within ± one foot – we’ve got what you need.

What:     Southeast Security Expo
When:    October 16, 2018
Where:   Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord NC

Business Technology Conference 2018

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Business Technology Conference 2018

Secure Care will be in booth #27 for this year’s Business Technology Conference!  Join us as our distributon partner Communications Engineering Company hosts its 12th annual conference.  Offering solutions that can support healthcare, manufacturing, education and more, Secure Care Products has something for you!  Be sure to stop by and learn a little about our RTLS solution, or find out the latest regarding our infant security system.

What:     12th Annual Business Technology Conference
When:    October 16, 2018
Where:   Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Coralville IA

TORCH 2018 Conference and Tradeshow

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Coastal Systems to Exhibit at TORCH 2018 Conference and Trade Show

Our partner Coastal Systems will be exhibiting at the TORCH 2018 Conference and Trade Show in Montgomery, TX.  Be sure to stop by their table to learn about all the great solutions Coastal Systems has to offer and learn more about Secure Care Products solutions.  Coastal Systems can help you with systems for access control, CCTV, wander management, nurse call and more.

What:     Texas Organization of Residential Care Homes (TORCH) 2018 Conference
When:    October 4 – October 5, 2018
Where:   La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa, Montgomery TX

NASVH 2018 Summer Conference

NASVH logoNational Association of State Veterans Homes 2018 Summer Conference

Secure Care Products is proud to exhibit at the National Association of State Veterans Homes’ 2018 Summer Conference.  Be sure to stop by our booth to discuss your facility’s security.  Offering wander management and RTLS systems, coupled with a wide network of quality distribution partners all over the country, we’re able to offer comprehensive product solutions with superior service!

What:     National Association of State Veterans Homes 2018 Summer Conference
When:    July 30 – August 3, 2018
Where:  Hyatt Regency, San Antonio TX

Arizona Health Care Association | Annual Conference & Trade Show

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Ollielectric LLC and Secure Care Products at the 2018 AHCA Annual Conference and Trade Show

We’ll be joining our partners,  Ollielectric LLC, at the 2018 Arizona Health Care Association Annual Conference and Trade Show!  Make sure you stop by booth F3 to talk to Ollielectric about their general electrical maintenance and repair services, and to talk about your existing facility security.  Thinking about upgrading or adding a wandering resident system?  How about RTLS?  We’ll be on hand to answer any questions…so stop by to learn more!

 

What:     Arizona Health Care Association Annual Tradeshow & Conference
When:    June 19 – June 21, 2018
Where:  Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale AZ

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Is Your Facility Prepared for an Active Shooter Emergency?

By now, healthcare facilities are familiar with the CMS emergency preparedness rule.  This rule provides “best practices” for disaster and emergency preparedness.  But many sites, especially long-term care facilities, often overlook preparedness when it comes to an active shooter/armed intruder emergency.  While it is a difficult scenario to think about, it is something that must be considered.  Planning and preparation accordingly will ensure the best possible outcome in the event of such a tragedy.

Long-term care facilities face especially difficult challenges with regard to an active shooter event.  With residents requiring varying levels of assistance and an environment that is often designed specifically to look and feel like a home, it can be challenging to imagine how an active shooter emergency would be best addressed.  This is all the more reason to make planning and preparation for such an event a top priority.  Below are four areas to help you start thinking about this very real threat:

Hazards Vulnerability Assessment (HVA)

This is where your team should list any and all potential hazards your facility could experience (including active shooter).  In addition, you should indicate the likelihood of each hazard listed.  This will help your team prioritize and focus on the most urgent areas of concern.  For example, earthquake may be listed on every facility’s HVA.  But if a facility is in California, the higher likelihood makes it a more urgent priority than for a facility in, say, Connecticut.  Your risk assessment and planning and preparations all start based on the HVA, so make sure it’s as thorough as possible.

Communication with Local Emergency Responders

Be sure to reach out to your local emergency responders.  Share and review your HVA with them and ask for their input – they will likely have suggestions to help you improve your plan.  It’s important to communicate with these people who are likely to be the first responders to your facility in the event of an emergency.  Describe and discuss your population with emergency responders so they have an understanding of who they could be dealing with in advance of an emergency.

Conduct Drills and Training

Almost everyone is familiar with fire drills.  But training and preparing for an active shooter or other emergencies is just as critical.  Drills should be done regularly, and be focused on specific emergencies (i.e. active shooter, fire, medical, etc).  Practicing the specific functional aspects of preparation help ensure that your staff know exactly what to do in the case of any given event.  While unpleasant to consider, unprepared personnel might freeze into inaction.  When specific situations or events are practiced and drilled routinely, “muscle memory” kicks in when an event really happens.

Documentation

This step can easily be overlooked or thought to be not that important.  But documenting everything about your emergency preparedness is critical.  Many think about documentation for training purposes.  However, documenting many other facets of your planning can be beneficial as well.  Below are just a few suggestions of things you should consider capturing along the path to emergency preparedness:

  • Emergency planning and prep meeting minutes
  • Discussions or meetings held with local emergency responders
  • Outline of the steps and actions your facility has taken towards preparing for emergencies

Having documentation of such things is incredibly helpful as part of the planning and preparation process.  And it can also become a valuable resource during post-event recovery.  Being able to provide proof of your planning process, training records and other steps taken to prepare in advance for such an event can go a long way in the aftermath of an emergency.

As much as nobody expects such a tragedy at their facility, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Take the time now to make sure your facility and staff are prepared.  Many excellent resources are available and below we’ve provided a few links to help get you started.

Lastly, reach out to your local police and fire departments, your state’s health and human services department or even other local healthcare facilities.  Our distributors would gladly help review your current security, fire safety and access control systems.  They could also assist in specifying any new systems or upgrades that could help improve your facility’s safety.  A wander management solution and real-time location system can ensure residents and patients don’t get into areas they shouldn’t, and help you know when and where everyone is at all times.  Contact us today to learn more.

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Leading Age ME & NH 2018 Conference & Expo: Life on Purpose

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Secure Care Products and ESL Distributing at Leading Age Maine & New Hampshire 2018 Conference & Expo

Secure Care Products is proud to join ESL Distributing at the Leading Age Maine & New Hampshire 2018 Conference and Expo in Portsmouth, NH April 11-12, 2018.  This year’s theme is Life On Purpose and is sure to be 2 days full of education and networking opportunities.  Register to attend the show now and stop by to see us at the expo.  We’d be happy to show you some of the fantastic security and protection solutions we have to offer your facility!


What:
     Leading Age Maine & New Hampshire Annual Conference & Exhibition
When:    April 11-12, 2018
Where:  Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth NH

Winter is Almost Here – Keep Your Residents Safe

Winter is almost here.  How will you keep your residents inside and protected from the elements?

To often each year we see stories in the news of residents eloping outdoors into extreme weather.  Sometimes these stories have a happy ending, but many times they do not.  Make sure the residents entrusted to your care are safe and protected with a Door GUARDIAN® Wander Management System from Secure Care Products.

Door GUARDIAN systems can be customized to fit your facility’s needs:eloped woman in the cold

  • Alarm or lock doors when monitored residents attempt to exit
  • ID-based solutions enable staff to react more efficiently by knowing exactly who they’re looking for
  • Interface with a variety of dry contact driven devices such as nurse call, mangnetic door locks, elevators, etc.
Add our mVision® mobile app and ENVisionIT RTLS® to Door GUARDIAN to create an even more comprehensive wander management solution for your facility.  Receive real-time alerts and alarms to mobile devices that include resident and location specific details.  Using Door GUARDIAN demonstrates that your facility is taking all precautions to ensure resident safety.  It offers peace of mind for the families entrusting loved ones entrusted to your care.

Make sure your residents stay safe and warm this winter.  Install Door GUARDIAN today.

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