Council on Aging plans own product line; North Bay Medical adds officeOne of the North Bay’s largest in-home senior care providers has launched an online profile for families to connect and track the well-being of their loved ones.
The “community care portal” unveiled earlier this month includes blogs, photos, messaging and scheduling tools as well as daily assessments that track the senior’s physical welfare over time.
“The American culture is one where often families scatter. Many of our clients’ children live in New York, Hawaii, all over the world. Often, they don’t know what's going on with their parent, and this tool allows anyone, anywhere the ability to log on and feel more connected,” said Sequoia Senior Solutions Chief Financial Officer Stanton Lawson. He and his wife Gabriella Ambrosi, who serves as chief executive officer, launched the company a little over six years ago, growing from a team of two to more than 230 certified and bonded caregivers.
Sequoia commenced implementation of the product in October, and the service was rolled out to the clients this month. The Petaluma-based business is using a Web platform by Skokie, Ill.-based RemCare, a startup launched in 2008 by two 10-year health care tech veterans, Jim Wills and Ben Albert.
Previous to launching his own business, Mr. Lawson worked with Autodesk and said he has always wanted to implement a tech strategy into Sequoia’s offerings.
“It is a big decision to have strangers in your parent’s home, especially if they are on the other side of the country. The biggest advantage we saw to the RemCare tool was the ability to improve transparency, communication and making sure families are informed and comfortable,” Mr. Lawson said.
Family members can sign on using a secure login with password and see if their parent or loved one went to the doctor, who their caretaker is for the day or what their demeanor or activity level was like during that visit. The profiles also include a blog that different family members can use to communicate with each other or the caretaker and managers.
The site includes a daily assessment of the client against various indicators, ranking each on a scale of one to five. The scores can then be aggregated and tracked over time.
Sequoia is offering the service for a nominal fee, and the owners expect at least half of their clients' families to use the software.
In less than three months in the top spot for the Council on Aging in Santa Rosa, Chief Executive Officer Marianne McBride is on her way to launching an innovative new program she hopes will offer self-sustainability to the 43-year-old nonprofit for the first time.
After working without a CEO for more than eight months, Ms. McBride was already faced with a considerable amount of catch up when she was appointed as leader to Sonoma County’s largest provider of senior support services. She worked as development director for the council for the previous four years and officially assumed the new role Aug. 11.
Before she concluded her first day, the former United Way administrator had detailed a specific 30-, 60- and 90-day plan, beginning with identifying a common mission, role and goals.