Tochtech Technologies and Langley Lodge Co-Host Successful Speaker Event on Sleep Innovation and its impact on Senior Care

By | Toch Sleepsense, Tochtech

Experiences and Insights on How Sleep Technology Can Elevate the Quality of Care and Wellbeing of Older Adults

Last Friday, Mar 15th on World Sleep Day, Tochtech Technologies and Langley Lodge, a BC-based care home, came together to host an enlightening speaker event centered around the transformative potential of sleep technology in improving the quality of care for seniors. The event, attended by those from the healthcare and senior care industries, featured three esteemed speakers renowned in the fields of sleep research and senior care.

 

Featured Speakers 

  1. Dr. Colleen Carney, Ph.D., CPsych: Professor and Director of the Sleep and Depression Lab at Toronto Metropolitan University, Dr. Carney shared invaluable insights on how an understanding physiological and behavioral factors and creating the right conditions can positively impact sleep quality.
  2. Sandy da Silva: Founder of SKS Consulting. Sandy da Silva, brought her extensive experience as a clinician and administrator in mental health shared the results of the recent study on improving sleep quality in dementia care.
  3. Lisa Samms-Maxwell: Director of Care at Langley Lodge. Lisa Samms-Maxwell, provided firsthand experiences of using sleep innovation such as Tochtech’s Sleepsense in long term care, and how it has supported them in reducing the level of antipsychotic medication for some residents.

Recordings of presentations can be found in the links provided at the end of this article.

The speakers highlighted the detrimental effects of sleep disturbances on older adults, including impaired cognition, heightened responsive behavior, and decreased overall wellbeing. Attendees gained valuable insights into evidence-based interventions for optimizing sleep in long-term care settings, such as ensuring exposure to sunlight, engagement in meaningful activities, and appropriate scheduling of evening activities to promote better sleep habits. The feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive with many commenting on the various ways they would be looking to introduce programs and care routines to help support better sleep quality.

The speakers also shared experiences and stories on using innovation like Sleepsense to understand a resident’s sleep patterns providing a basis for necessary interventions such as reducing day-time naps or making medication changes to support improved sleep quality. Additionally, integration of Sleepsense data into care plans and care routines allows care staff to personalize care for each resident. Sleepsense is currently implemented in an increasing number of seniors’ homes globally, Sleepsense has shown remarkable results, including a 35% improvement in sleep quality and a significant reduction in resident falls by 38%.

The collaborative efforts of Tochtech Technologies and Langley Lodge in hosting this event has shed light on the transformative potential of sleep technology in senior care. “This highly successful event, we hope, is just the beginning and it underscores our collective commitment to enhancing the wellbeing and quality of life of older adults” said Jessica Yang, CEO of Tochtech.

 

 

Links to the recording of presentations:

Sleep and Aging – Dr Colleen Carney

Accessing sleep data for appropriate use of antipsychotics   Lisa Samms Maxwell

Improving the Quality of Sleep using Toch Sleepsense   Sandy da Silva

Tochtech Technologies Adds Trellis Seniors to Its Portfolio of Sleepsense Clients

By | Sleepsense, Tochtech

Tochtech Technologies’ bed exit and sleep monitoring platform will provide the highest quality of safety and care to seniors at Trellis Seniors’ three sites in North Vancouver, Kamloops and Sechelt

VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tochtech Technologies is pleased to announce the company has added Trellis Seniors to its growing portfolio of Toch Sleepsense clients. The award-winning bed exit and sleep monitoring platform will be implemented across Trellis Seniors’ three sites, which provide more than 430 long term care beds throughout BC.

Trellis Seniors, a leading long-term care provider with homes in North Vancouver, Kamloops and Sechelt, is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of seniors and their families. Trellis’ decision to adopt Sleepsense for all their beds, is a significant milestone in the growth of Tochtech’s Sleepsense client community.

“We are honoured to work with Trellis Seniors, and we are confident that Sleepsense will help Trellis Seniors achieve its goals in enhancing quality of care for residents,” said Jessica Yang, CEO of Tochtech.

Trellis Seniors’ commitment to providing the highest quality of safety and care for its residents is exemplified through the adoption of Tochtech’s award-winning Sleepsense technology. The platform is designed to enhance resident well-being by addressing critical aspects of care, including fall prevention, sleep quality improvement and pressure injury management.

Mary McDougall, CEO of Trellis Seniors, expressed enthusiasm for the organization’s investment in Sleepsense, “At Trellis Seniors, our foremost priority is the well-being of the residents we serve. Our decision to integrate Tochtech’s Sleepsense technology into our homes aligns seamlessly with our mission to offer personalized care that prioritizes safety and comfort. By leveraging this state-of-the-art solution, we expect to proactively prevent falls and better support care needs through the timely alerts issued by the Sleepsense solution. We are also excited by the ability to help improve sleep quality, which ultimately contributes to overall well-being and quality of life.”

Tochtech’s Sleepsense platform has gained widespread recognition for its effectiveness in achieving quality of care goals, with clients reporting positive outcomes in resident care and safety. Toch Sleepsense is installed in thousands of beds in North America, the UK, Australia and Asia.

Sleepsense has a proven track record of success in other long-term care facilities, resulting in a 38 per cent reduction in resident falls and a 25 per cent improvement in resident sleep quality contributing to an overall positive impact on resident health and safety. Additionally, Toch Sleepsense offers a unique pressure injury management feature that aims to support improved quality of life and care compliance.

The implementation of Sleepsense at Trellis Seniors which commenced with trials in July 2022 at Hamilton Village Care Centre, previously part of the Trellis organization, reinforces the innovative platform’s reputation as being the next generation bed exit solution, and solution of choice for progressive senior care providers.

About Trellis Seniors:

Trellis Seniors is a premier long-term care provider dedicated to meeting the unique needs of seniors and their families. With a commitment to excellence, Trellis Seniors focuses on providing personalized care that prioritizes safety, comfort, and overall well-being. Trellis is Accredited with Exemplary Standing and values innovative technology solutions in pursuit of their vision to create joy in life and aging…by caring, connecting and celebrating.

About Tochtech:

Tochtech is a leading technology company specializing in innovative solutions for senior care. Their Sleepsense technology is an award-winning platform designed to enhance safety and well-being by monitoring bed exits and sleep patterns, contributing to a higher quality of care for residents in long-term care facilities.

Contacts

For media inquiries or further information:
Vessa Samson, Director of Marketing & Growth, Tochtech Technologies vessa.samson@tochtech.com

Wrapping Up 2023

By | Tochtech

As 2023 comes to a close, the team at Tochtech would like to take this opportunity to wish our clients, partners and supporters a great big THANK YOU for your support throughout the year.

2023 has been an extremely busy year where the focus has been on the growth of the company. The following are some key highlights for the year that we are proud of and would like to share:

Sleepsense user community growth. We are delighted by the growth in the number of Canadian and international sites and users that have adopted Sleepsense. We are proud of the fact that our Sleepsense bed monitor is not only being used in long term care/aged care, but its benefits are also being experienced in the healthcare, home health and young adult disability industries. A notable mention, is Trellis Seniors, a premier senior care provider in BC which operates over 450 beds at its three sites. Trellis’ leadership team has made a decision to equip all beds with a  Sleepsense device, further enhancing the safety and wellbeing of its residents.

Partnerships as a cornerstone for international expansion. While we have been busy with  growing our local market, partnerships have been key in our growth globally.  Of note is our partnership with Mediva Inc in Japan where we are collaborating on a groundbreaking project in Japan with the objective of revolutionizing the way older adults are cared for. A dedicated medical team is utilizing Tochtech’s remote wellness monitoring platform to support in-home patients, especially those suffering from dementia. Read more about this groundbreaking project.

2023 has been a busy and exciting year, and we are looking forward to continuing with this momentum as we welcome 2024.

Here’s wishing all of you a safe and wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!! We look forward to your continuing support.

From:

The Tochtech Team

Tochtech Technologies and Beacon Community Services Forge Ground Breaking Partnership to Enhance Senior Care in Brentwood Bay

By | Sleepsense, Toch Sleepsense

Today marks a pivotal moment in senior care as Tochtech, a leading healthcare technology company, joins forces with Beacon Community Services, a distinguished 50-year-old non-profit society dedicated to enhancing the lives of senior in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia.

Beacon Community Services’ investment in Toch Sleepsense, will ensure the care of residents at Brentwood House and Sluggett House is supported by the acclaimed next generation bed exit technology. This innovative technology is poised to revolutionize the safety and well-being of the residents, particularly those with dementia, aiding the dedicated staff in their caregiving roles.

Toch Sleepsense is designed to detect potential bed exits, non-return to bed status, as well as irregular heart and breathing rates. This proactive safety approach, coupled with a focus on enhancing sleep quality of residents, has demonstrated remarkable results, with participating long-term care and dementia care sites experiencing a nearly 60% reduction in falls.

“We believe in evolving with the times to ensure our residents receive the best care possible. Tochtech’s Sleepsense aligns seamlessly with our mission, offering an innovative solution to enhance safety and well-being for the seniors we serve,” remarked Tricia Gueulette, CEO at Beacon Community Services.

Beacon Community Services, with its rich history of serving the community for half a century, sees this partnership as a strategic move toward embracing cutting-edge technology to enhance the quality of care provided to their residents.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Beacon Community Services to introduce Sleepsense to Brentwood House and Sluggett House. This partnership embodies our shared commitment to elevating the standard of care for seniors, especially those facing the challenges of dementia,” said Jessica Yang, CEO at Tochtech Technologies.

The collaboration between Tochtech and Beacon Community Services represents a harmonious blend of technological innovation and compassionate care. As Sleepsense is integrated into the daily operations of Brentwood House and Sluggett House, it is anticipated to set new standards for senior care, fostering a safer and more secure environment for residents while supporting the invaluable work of the caregiving staff.

Second Buron Health residence, Haven Hill Care Centre, Embraces Cutting-Edge Technology with Tochtech’s Sleepsense Solution

By | Sleepsense, Toch Sleepsense, Tochtech

Haven Hill Care Centre, a modern, 152-bed, complex care senior care facility located in picturesque Penticton, BC, has taken a progressive step into the future of senior care by adopting Tochtech’s Sleepsense technology. Haven Hill joins Hamilton Village Care Centre also a Buron Health site in its decision to implement Toch Sleepsense a revolutionary bed exit technology that is redefining senior care safety and quality of life.

Tochtech’s Sleepsense technology, celebrated as the next generation in bed exit solutions, is set to revolutionize how Haven Hill Care Center, enhancing the safety and well-being of its residents, and at the same time supporting staff in providing care. Sleepsense utilizes advanced sensors and artificial intelligence algorithms to monitor residents’ sleep patterns and detect potential bed exits, not return to bed status, or unusual heart and breathing rate while in bed. This proactive approach to safety and the focus on improving the quality of sleep for residents has proven to reduce falls by almost 50% at long term care sites that have embraced Sleepsense technology.

“Haven Hill Care Centre is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for our residents,” said Shannon Coco, General Manager for Haven Hill. “Our decision to adopt Sleepsense reaffirms our commitment to the well-being and care of our seniors. We are thrilled to be at the forefront of this exciting advancement in senior care.”

Sleepsense is designed to seamlessly integrate into the daily routines of both residents and caregivers, and existing call bell and resident management systems like PointClickCare. The non-intrusive nature of Sleepsense safety alerts and its ability to provide unbiased sleep information has shown to improve sleep quality for residents, a critical contributor to improved health and wellbeing.

Tochtech’s CEO, Jessica Yang, expressed their enthusiasm about this collaboration: “We are honored to work with Haven Hill Care Centre and Buron Health to introduce Sleepsense technology to the Penticton community. We believe that this cutting-edge solution will not only enhance the safety of senior residents but also improve their overall quality of life.”

The implementation of Sleepsense technology at Haven Hill is expected to be completed in the next few weeks. This exciting development marks a significant stride towards providing a safer and more comfortable environment for the residents of Haven Hill.

Hamilton Village Care Centre expands use of Toch Sleepsense ensuring personalized and improved quality of care for all residents

By | Toch Sleepsense, Tochtech

Tochtech Technologies is delighted to announce Hamilton Village Care Centre, now part of Buron Healthcare, has expanded its commitment to Toch Sleepsense. With this second phase deployment of Sleepsense, which commenced in July 2023, all 135
residents will benefit from Tochtech’s ‘next generation bed alarm’.

“We are excited to be moving forward with the second Sleepsense installation as we have been able to experience first-hand the benefits of Sleepsense for residents and for the care team from the first installation of 60 beds. Equipping all beds with the same technology and standardizing on policies and procedures throughout the residence can only improve quality of care for our residents, and better support our staff” said Melissa Bawtinheimer, General Manager, Hamilton Village Care Centre.

Sleepsense enables care staff to be automatically notified when a senior gets out of bed, has not returned to bed or in the event of a medical emergency while in bed. Additionally, sleep quality data of each resident captured will enable care givers to adjust care plans and add interventions to address sleep issues.

“We are delighted by the decision made by Melissa and her team to increase investment in the Sleepsense technology as it proves the value Sleepsense brings to residents, care staff and families” said Jessica Yang, CEO of Tochtech.    

 Hamilton’s investment in Sleepsense has been supported by EquipCare, a BC government funding program for long term care that is managed by BC Care Providers Association. “We sincerely appreciate BC Care Providers and the Equipcare BC Program as it enables innovative care solutions, like Sleepsense, to be possible and improve quality of life for both residents and staff.”  added Melissa Bawtinheimer, General Manager, Hamilton Village Care Centre.   

To find out more about Sleepsense, please visit, www.tochsleepsense.com 

Toch Sleepsense, our revolutionary, award-winning bed alarm, eligible for EquipCare BC Funding

By | Toch Sleepsense, Tochtech

We are excited to inform you that Tochtech’s next generation bed alarm, Toch Sleepsense is eligible for the newly announced EquipCare BC funding. A recent posting by the BC Care Providersdeclared that applications for this new EquipCare BC funding are now officially open

 Toch Sleepsense which is installed in an increasing number of seniors homes globally, including Langley Lodge, Elim Village and Trellis Seniors in BC has been proven to improve quality of care and safety of seniors in LTC, and supports staff efficiency. Read  recent exciting announcements on BC LTC residences investing in Toch Sleepsense and our recent round of awards for this made in BC revolutionary solution.

Follow this link to find out more about Toch Sleepsense or contact us on 1-888-420-8624

First of its kind bed alarm and sleep monitoring technology implemented by Elim Village Retirement Community

By | Toch Sleepsense, Tochtech

Elim Village Retirement Community’s investment in Toch Sleepsense enables good and timely healthcare decision for residents.

Tochtech Technologies is delighted to announce an agreement with Elim Village Retirement Community to equip its long term care neighbourhoods with Toch Sleepsense, Tochtech’s award winning sleep sensor and bed-exit technology. Elim Village’s decision to install Sleepsense starting in its Behavioural Support Transition Neighbourhoods (BSTN) is the first phase of its investment in Sleepsense.

“We are thrilled to be implementing Sleepsense in our Behavioral Support Transition Neighborhoods.  During the test pilot we saw how Sleepsense not only enhances quality of life for residents by eliminating noise compared to conventional bed alarms, but also has other capabilities in monitoring and capturing data that help in making good and timely healthcare decisions for our residents” said Jennifer Ladesma, Director of Care, Elim Village Care Society.

Toch Sleepsense enables care staff to be automatically notified when a senior gets out of bed, has not returned to bed or in the event of a medical emergency while in bed. Sleepsense bed exit alerts will be integrated with the nurse call as well as other systems used by Elim Village. Additionally, sleep quality data of each resident captured will enable care givers to adjust care plans and add interventions to address sleep issues.

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“We are delighted by the decision of Elim Village to invest in the technology, and are pleased to have been able to prove the value of Sleepsense to the leadership team and the care staff during the extensive pilot process” said Jessica Yang, CEO of Tochtech.

Having been through an exhaustive testing period of the Sleepsense technology, installation at the Behavioral Support Transition Neighborhoods (BSTN) at Elim Village will begin immediately.

Elim Village Retirement Community’s investment in Tochtech’s Sleepsense technology follows investments by Trellis Seniors and Langley Lodge in BC, Canada, Australian Unity in Australia and an increasing number of long term care centres in Canada, Australia, UK and Japan that have committed to this first of its kind technology. To find out more about Sleepsense, please visit, www.tochsleepsense.com

About Elim Village Retirement Community: Elim Village is a premier retirement community located on 25 acres of community living amenities, offering the full spectrum of senor living, from independent through to full care.  The goal of Elim Village is that as care needs increase, most residents, including husbands and wives, would be able to stay in the community. In the early 1990s, a small group of Christians studying the book of James began discussing how faith could be demonstrated in practical terms. They began to develop a vision of a Christian retirement community where Independent Living, Assisted Living and Full Care would all be available on one site. They formed the Elim Foundation and gathered seed money for early development costs. Soon after, they established Elim Housing Society. With the help of 70 committed investors, the society took the significant step of buying land in Surrey, BC. The first set of duplexes and a condo building went up in 2001. Elim Village Retirement Community has two locations – Elim Village Fleetwood and Elim Village Garrison Crossing. For more information, visit https://elimvillage.com/

About Tochtech Technologies: Founded in 2014, Tochtech Technologies is a digital healthcare company whose mission is to build smart, cost effective senior care solutions that offer caregivers peace-of-mind while enabling seniors to live healthier and safer lives. Tochtech’s philosophy centres around the use of technology to eliminate the risk and sense of disconnect for seniors, especially those living independently. Tochtech has developed first in-class solutions in the areas of stove safety, voice integrated personal aides and a risk predictive smart care platform. Using voice integration, AI and proprietary algorithms, these products enable caregivers to provide proactive, personalized care to extend older adults’ ability to live a healthy and longer life.

Tochtech Technologies wins coveted place in the UK Canada AgeTech Innovation Exchange

By | Toch Sleepsense, Tochtech
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Tochtech is proud to have been one of just five Canadian health tech companies to have been selected for the coveted, in-person program of UK Canada AgeTech Innovation Exchange, organized by the by the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA). NHSA is a health and life sciences partnership between the leading NHS trusts, universities and Academic Health Science Networks in northern England that was established in 2011.  

Thirteen innovative companies from across the UK and Canada have been selected to develop their healthy ageing solutions as part of this international innovation exchange programme. The UK Canada AgeTech Innovation Exchange called on businesses with products that have the potential to improve the health and well-being of older people to apply to take part in an in-person international exchange visit.

Over 60 companies applied for a place in the coveted programme, with a total of eight UK companies and five Canadian companies invited to take part in the in-person exchange.  Over the coming months, the successful 13 companies will be supported by leading experts with in-depth knowledge of the healthy ageing innovation ecosystems within each country, from national healthcare providers, academia and industry. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Tochtech to learn from leading, international experts as we look to expand our global footprint and further solidify our presence in the UK and Europe” said Jessica Yang, CEO of Tochtech.

Tochtech Technologies celebrates two accolades in a week!

By | Toch Sleepsense, Tochtech

We have exciting information about what’s new with Tochtech. Last week was a busy and exciting week for Tochtech. Toch Sleepsense, won yet another industry award and, received recognition as an innovative technology offering value to the senior care industry.

In case you missed it, here is a quick recap:

Toch Sleepsense won LeadingAge California’s, People’s Choice Award at its Innovation Showcase Event that was held at its annual conference in Monterey, California. The Innovation Showcase identifies organizations that demonstrate true innovation in care, housing and services for older adults. It offers a challenge and encourages ideas that include evidenced-informed technologies, new approaches to caregiving, life enrichment approaches, enhanced safety and security, and improving quality of life. Tochtech is thrilled to be receiving yet another award for Sleepsense!! For more details