SE Health is looking to transition from a manual recreation planning process to a digital recreation planning process. The homecare provider is seeking a digital solution with a feature that enables the staff to create personalized recreational planning programs for its residents. With this solution, SE Health aims to improve efficiency in recreational planning, increase resident engagement and participation in activities, and ultimately enhance the overall quality of care provided in senior living facilities.
CAN Health Network is posting a Call for Innovation to seek out qualified Canadian companies who can meet the desired outcomes of SE Health. SE Health and CAN Health reserve the right to not move forward with this project at their full discretion and in particular if there are no qualified Canadian companies that can reasonably meet the desired outcomes.
To qualify for a CAN Health project, the company must have its headquarter in Canada and/or the majority (>50%) of the company owned by Canadians and/or significant economic impact to Canada including a high Canadian job creation potential, >70% of contract value to Canada (for distributors of a non-Canadian solution), independent autonomy over business operations and product development (for subsidiaries, affiliates or distributors), current Canadian presence (office(s) and client(s) and can benefit from the CAN Health Network. Priority will be given to companies that meet all eligibility criteria.
For more information on the Call for Innovation process and the commercialization projects funded by CAN Health Network, please refer to the FAQ page on the CAN Health Network website: https://canhealthnetwork.ca/faq/
Problem Statement: The lack of a digital solution for planning personalized recreational experiences, monitoring participation, and assessing the impact of activities in senior living facilities hinders efforts to combat social isolation and loneliness among residents.
Objectives: Implementing a digital recreational planning solution that aims to improve efficiency in recreational planning, increase resident engagement and participation in activities, and ultimately enhance the overall quality of care provided in senior living facilities.
In order for the solution to be considered for procurement this project must accomplish the following:
- At least 70% of participants that meet the inclusion criteria have greater participation in recreation therapy programs then they did prior to the pilot, as measured by the average number of hours per month they attend sessions and comparing active participation between the month prior to the pilot versus the final month of the pilot.
- The same residents who have greater participation in recreation therapy programs(#1) have decreased social isolation and loneliness in the final month of the pilot compared with the levels they had prior to the pilot as measured by the loneliness scale.
- Recreational staff support the ongoing use of the platform. Criteria for gauging this experience will be decided during the in project design phase in collaboration with the recreational staff.
We are hopeful that our staff will have an efficient and effective tool that will enable the provision of recreational services, personalized to meet the individuals needs and capabilities of our residents which in turn will increase participation and reduce social isolation and loneliness. Throughout the project, the staff will have access to a dashboard to monitor individual residents’ performance and specific program details and overall program KPIs.
Residents in senior living facilities are facing challenges in fully engaging in recreational activities, resulting in social isolation and loneliness. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated this issue, leading to negative impacts on their physical and mental well-being. Many senior living facilities currently lack a digital solution for planning personalized recreational experiences, monitoring participation, and assessing the impact of these activities. This manual process hinders staff efficiency and contributes to social isolation and loneliness among residents. By transitioning to a digital recreational planning program, senior living facilities can enhance operational efficiencies, improve resident engagement and satisfaction, and ultimately enhance the overall quality of care provided to residents.