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Knute Nelson showcases GrandCare

Knute Nelson will be featured at the AgeTech West Conference Nov. 14-15 in San Jose, Calif. The conference entitled, “Aging Services Meets Silicon Valley: Creating the Future of Care” will demonstrate how GrandCare technology, and Knute Nelson as a provider, are pioneers in utilizing digital health tools to help keep individuals living independently in their homes. Daphne Karpan, Registered Nurse and Palliative Care Manager, will be representing Knute Nelson Home Care at the conference.

     The Knute Nelson Foundation was awarded two separate grants to introduce GrandCare technologies to palliative care and hospice patients throughout a 25-county west central Minnesota region where Knute Nelson serves. The grants were awarded by the Blandin Foundation and the Minnesota Department of Human Services through their Community Services/Service Development Program.

     GrandCare is an all-in-one, in-home monitoring and sensor technology that enhances direct patient care to promote aging in place. Using a small, touch screen monitor placed in a patient’s home, both patients and their families are able to access resources on topics such as health and wellness, bereavement and chronic disease education. GrandCare allows patients, caregivers and nursing professionals the ability to access essential patient information to monitor and ensure proactive health care interventions.

     GrandCare also allows patients to utilize social networking components like Skype, Pandora, Facebook, games and brain exercises among other features to more easily communicate remotely located family and friends that help promote a high quality of life. Caregivers will also greatly benefit by having added levels of safety, bereavement education and communication thus relieving stress, isolation and anxiety.