Front Porch Center for Innovation & Wellbeing

The leading edge of meeting needs.

FPWeb_180x180_techcenter.4d87e38f3bcc9Live life your way – that’s the Front Porch promise. We’re here to empower you with as many choices as possible to realize your dreams. And that includes harnessing technology solutions that support and enhance your wellbeing and help you thrive.

Introducing the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, where residents, staff, research partners and technology companies collaborate to identify potential opportunities, test them out, find the ones that work and then rapidly deploy these solutions.

This is not technology for technology’s sake, but specific applications that help assist in maintaining brain health, enhance social connectedness, give people control over their own health, prevent emergencies, and increase resources and support to caregivers.

For example, after starting with just a few units, Front Porch is now offers It’s Never 2 Late at each of its communities. It’s Never 2 Late, or iN2L for short, integrates hardware, software, media and adaptive components to a touch screen that allows residents to access personalized content appropriate to their level of cognitive, physical and technical ability.

The FPCIW actively explores various virtual reality technologies (including Samsung Gear VR, 3scape Systems, Google Day Dream VR, PlayStation4 VR and Lumeum), as effective intervention methods for older adults in both clinical and non-clinical environments (skilled nursing, memory care, assisted living and independent living). The VR applications have been shown to increase a level of personal satisfaction among users, help with health rehabilitation, assist with pain and stress reduction, engage emotions and senses and allow residents to relive memories.

FPCIW believes that telehealth, a means of remotely delivering care, is an important step in providing quality, affordable and accessible care and treatment. Various telehealth research and projects that FPCIW had deployed include Model eHealth Community for Aging, Virtual Dental Home and telemedicine carts to connect residents with their UCI physicians under a partnership with UC Irvine Senior Health Center.

Walnut Village is a great example of how we’ve incorporated emerging smart home technologies. Using a simple passive infrared (IR) sensor that detects motion, we can accomplish a variety of goals across the campus.

For example, if no motion is detected, we can send someone to check on you. If you go on vacation, the sensor becomes a home security system. And for people in our memory support neighborhood, it can tell a caregiver when a resident gets out of bed at night.

It’s not about the sensor; it’s what we can do with it to enhance people’s lives. And it’s not just our residents who benefit. As a 501(c)(3), Front Porch is chartered with benefiting the larger senior community. So we’re sharing these successes with the world.

In the area of brain health, the FPCIW has introduced PARO, a therapeutic, socially assistive pet robot created in the likeness of a baby harp seal. Outcomes demonstrate that PARO improved the behavioral and psychological symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia in older adults and reduced their usage of psychotropic medications. We’re headed wherever our residents take us.

And we’re looking for people who want to get involved. If you’re a technology vendor, consider letting us beta test your product or service like Dakim and Life Bio did. We assure you that you’ll be getting a great research partner in the deal.

If you’re interested in working for Front Porch and you’re a tech buff, or just a staff person interested in how we care for people, you should know that we’re a company committed to being as innovative and leading edge as we can. Come and join the fun.

And if you’re a current or future resident, know that we’re listening to you, that we’re researching solutions to your needs, and that we’re incorporating some of the world’s most innovative technologies to help you live life your way, and realize your dreams.

To contact our Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, email the Center’s Director Davis Park at dpark@frontporch.net or call 818-254-4274. And visit the press releases section of the Center’s web site to learn more about specific Center announcements.