Employing technology for long-term care

From: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

May 10, 2021 · Bedford, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Assistive technologies that protect the health of Canadians are essential tools for patients and healthcare providers. Tenera Care has developed a wearable device that can improve the safety and quality of care for people in long-term care facilities.

Federal support for new assistive technology

Today, the Honourable Geoff Regan, Member of Parliament for Halifax West, announced a repayable contribution of $750,000 to Tenera Care to help grow its inventory and scale up to reach new markets. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages.

This project will allow Tenera Care to have 5,000 units of its device produced, enabling the company to demonstrate and install its technology in select long-term facilities across North America. The project will also support the purchase of equipment for in-house testing, and will create five full-time, highly-skilled, permanent jobs.

Today’s announcement demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to building a skilled workforce and advancing new technologies that will contribute to Canada’s economic prosperity. Projects like this one help bring new innovations to market, improving lives for Canadians and others around the globe.

Quotes

“As we continue to support Canadians through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are laying the foundation for a better-prepared, safer and more prosperous Canada. Today’s investment is just one way we’re working to help small- and medium-sized businesses develop emerging technologies with the potential to generate economic opportunities for Canada and improve lives around the world.”

– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“We know that, collectively, we must do better to ensure the health and safety of those who live and work in long-term care. Keeping everyone safe is at the heart of our fight against COVID-19. Today’s investment will create good paying jobs locally and, more importantly, will help people enjoy healthy, active lives while residing in long-term care.”

– The Honourable Geoff Regan, Member of Parliament for Halifax West

“Our company’s passion and purpose is to keep safe the most vulnerable segments of society. This program is providing us with access to the people and opportunities needed to accelerate our ability to protect the seniors care population during these incredibly difficult times. We are grateful for the opportunity to do our part to help care facilities become safer, healthier and happier places for people to live, work and age.”

– Stewart Hardie, CEO, Tenera Care

“Based on the incredibly positive impacts the Tenera Care system has had on Cedarstone’s staff and resident safety, efficiency and risk mitigation, we are working on plans to implement this system at several of our other long-term care (LTC) homes in Nova Scotia, including an active implementation at Harbourstone, our 270-bed LTC home in Sydney.”

– Jason Shannon, President and COO, Shannex

Quick facts

  • Tenera Care positioning systems are fully managed cloud services that can monitor the position and movements of residents, staff and visitors in real-time.

  • The technology can detect situations such as patient falls, alerting staff immediately when incidents occur so they can respond quickly, and features an integrated nurse call button for residents in distress.

  • The company’s technology can also help facilities trace, reduce and prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.

  • Shannex has been a key advisor to Tenera Care, participating in the research and development, assisting with the prototype before transitioning to paying customer.

  • Funding for this project is provided through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.

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