Broadband Communities

MAR-APR 2013

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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property of the month The Virginian Fairfax, Va. The BroadBand Communities Property of the Month for this issue is The Virginian, a mid-rise community that has been providing elder care for more than 30 years. The campus was recently upgraded with Verizon FiOS FTTH and Healthsense monitoring equipment. Thanks to Mark Ridgely, director of The Virginian, Sarah Jones of Healthsense and Eva Bell and Bill King of Verizon Enhanced Communities for their help with this feature. By Steven S. Ross / Broadband Communities T he Virginian, founded by Te Temple Foundation in 1980, has a long history as an independent, not-for-proft, continuing care retirement community (CCRC) dedicated to providing housing and individualized care for older adults. Te Virginian is recognized in the community for its standards of excellence, sound values and quality of care. Featured over the years in publications such as Woman's Day, Good Housekeeping and Redbook and on NBC's "American Health Front," Te Virginian ofers all levels of care, including independent living, assisted living, nursing, rehab, Parkinson's-specifc programs, outpatient rehab, respite and home health services. "We actually look at our labor costs, the number of staf per resident," says Mark Ridgely, director of Te Virginian, "so technology and the ability to monitor residents is critical for our industry. We've added skilled care, outpatient therapy and a home health division as revenue sources that do not require a lot of capital and also help us market our facility." Ridgely was interested in using Healthsense's remote monitoring, emergency response and wellness 12 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | management solutions to minimize the cost of delivering quality care, and he was able to implement this technology after Verizon installed the fber infrastructure over which the Healthsense devices communicate. He says, "A reliable, fber-connected wireless network installed and operated by Healthsense includes motion detectors to see if residents are up and about in the morning. People carry | March/april 2013

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