Ever since an outbreak at the Life Care Center in Kirkland led to the nation’s first deaths associated with the virus in late February, senior care centers have been at the center of Washington state’s coronavirus crisis. The seniors housing industry is seeing the definition of resident safety systems being re‑written as operators increasingly look to technology for help.

On Wednesday, June 3, at 11 a.m., Nancy Swanger, founding director of the Washington State University Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living, will join a panel of experts to present a free webinar “Safeguarding Residents and Caregivers During COVID‑19. ” Registration is available on the webinar website.

The webinar will discuss how operators seek to prevent, not just intervene, in their urgent efforts to contain COVID‑19 and other infectious disease outbreaks in senior living settings.

Topics include

  • Real‑time Location System (RTLS)‑based automated contact tracing for all staff and residents
  • Essential visitor tracking and contact tracing of all interactions
  • Individualized geofencing to support quarantine protocols

The webinar is sponsored by Philips, a global health technology leader dedicated to providing the best safety and wellness solutions for senior living communities. Additional speakers include Stephanie Harris, CEO and principal of Arrow Senior Living; Meredith Mills, senior vice president and COO of Country Meadows Retirement Communities; and moderator David Wardlaw, vice president of business development and digital health solutions at Philips.