K4Connect Unveils Smart Technology Geared Toward the Elderly and People with Disabilities

Seniors and technology are sometimes not the friendliest pair, but a Raleigh startup is attempting to change that with K4Community.

RALEIGH March 21st, 2017 K4Community provides for seniors and people with disabilities a “huge opportunity to use technology to help those folks live simpler, healthier and happier lives — have more vibrant lives, and ultimately remove a lot of the barriers that have been there,” according to Derek Holt, the president of K4Connect.

The technology is being piloted at various retirement communities across the state, including at The Cardinal at North Hills.

“A major focus of The Cardinal is hospitality. K4Connect’s platform, K4Community, provides the insights and analytics needed to offer first-class care, differentiated hospitality and operational excellence,” executive director Tom Ford stated. “A major hospitality benefit that comes with K4Community is improved and optimized operational efficiency. This technology, on the operator end, frees up staff time to focus on creating great experiences for residents, and assists our hospitality team in anticipating residents’ needs.”

K4Community can automatically turn on the lights at night, so a senior can get up safely and move around the home. The technology also has reminders, a newsletter portion that can save money on printing, and other ways for seniors to have more control over their lives.

Ford said with K4Community the residents are able to live more independently.

“Residents can control things like thermostats and light switches from their tablets (included at no cost), smartphone or other connected devices,” Ford stated. “They are able to track their health, and stay connected to family, friends and fellow residents. K4Community is helping residents stay connected and socially active, and enables them to live as independently as possible for a longer period of time.”

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