A villa on the campus of Maple Knoll Village, a continuing care retirement community in Springdale, has been transformed into a learning and test environment for the development of technologies aimed at keeping seniors in their own homes or communities longer.
Known as the Innovation Collaboratory House, the villa is a partnership between Maple Knoll Village and University of Cincinnati (UC) colleges of nursing, medicine and engineering and applied science. It’s home to telehealth robots and patient simulators, and is now the testing ground for innovative student projects aimed at detecting falls, preventing medication errors and making life easier for an aging population.
Examples of innovative projects developed at the Innovation Collaboratory House include:
- A fall detection system that uses technology many already have in their homes—the Microsoft X-Box “Kinect” video game system.
- The use of exoskeleton technology to assist the elderly with sitting and standing.
- Development of systems and sensors that monitor the opening and closing of things like refrigerators and even medication dispensers.
Nursing and medical students and residents are also using the on-site telehealth robots to train for a future of health care interactions that could take place via telehealth technologies.
UC and Maple Knoll Village have a 30-year history of working together in nursing, medicine and pharmacy education and practice.