What is your signature innovation in one sentence?
IN2L's adaptive computer systems have been designed to encourage seniors to interact with family, friends, the internet, and customized programs.
Describe your innovation. What makes your idea unique and different than others doing work in the field?
It's Never 2 Late has created customized, state of the art, adaptive computer systems for nursing homes, assited living, and independent living communities. The adaptive computer systems are portable and include flat panel touch screen monitors with extendable arms, wheel chair adjustable work stations, and peripherals for a variety of activities. Included with the software is a picture-based interface designed to launch from a touch screen. The software can be personalized for every user regardless of physical or cognitive limitations. Also included with the system are therapy tools, including a virtual bike, a flight and driving simulator, and touch screen puzzles.
Our idea is unique in that the systems are a complete package, addressing the physical, cognitive, and emotional health of the user. We also provide on-site staff training and support to ensure successful implementation. Content is continually updated to provide engagement experiences for residents and staff.
What barriers exist that are creating the problem your innovation is hoping to address/change?
Many elders are suffering from boredom, loneliness, and helplessness in an institutional setting. A majority of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are still organized as an institutional/hospital setting. Residents are often not treated as indiviuals, but simply as patients. It is often assumed that elderly citizens suffering from physical or cognitive limitations are unable or unwilling to learn or benefit from computer games and technology.
Delivery Model: How do you implement your innovation and apply it to the challenge/problem you are addressing.
IN2L computer systems are installed in senior living facilities and adult day care centers around the country. Ongoing training and support is provided to staff members. They learn different ways to use the computer system games as therapy tools, engagement activities, and educational experiences. The systems are designed to be used individually, in small groups, and, using a projector, in large group settings.
How do you plan to scale your innovation?
IN2L began designing and installing computer systems in Colorado. Through exposure at national aging conferences and presentations we have been able to expand throughout the United States. We are continually updating and expanding our content offerings. We have partnered with many important organizations in the field of aging and have seen our business grow as a direct result.