By Tim Regan
Senior Housing News
September 3, 2018
Heritage Senior Living is trying out some cutting-edge technology by working with a university—exemplifying an industry trend that has seen other providers do the same.
The West Allis, Wisconsin-based senior living provider is partnering with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Partners for Health to bring to its residents virtual reality, a new therapy mat, telehealth programs and a social companion robot called Jibo. Under the new partnership, five of the university’s nursing students will work more than 480 hours during a two-semester practicum and residency at five of Heritage’s 15 Wisconsin communities.
Participating residents will be evaluated while using the new technology, on a program schedule slated to last about 6 months at a time. Each school year, Heritage also plans to expand its partnership by including other interdisciplinary members of a health care initiative such as social work and Ph.D. students.
The arrangement represents a win-win for both the university and for the senior living operator, and a shift away from the hospitality operating model that some industry players have embraced in recent years…