In her twelve years as a nursing home director, Professor Marilyn Rantz says that she has never once met an individual who wanted to be in the facility. Most view the idea of entering a nursing home as a dreadful specter that they would be happy to avoid. As a professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing, Rantz has developed a collaborative project designed to change that attitude from dread into anticipation and even excitement.
James M. Keller, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been engaged in interdisciplinary and collaborative research throughout his career. Currently, he is working on a project that draws upon the latest technological advances to improve elder care with a team led by fellow electrical and computer engineer Marjorie Skubic and a group of people from MU’s Schools of Nursing, Social Work, Health Management and Informatics, Physical Therapy, and Engineering, along with colleagues from the Medical Automation Research Center (MARC) at the University of Virginia.
The history of how TigerPlace came to into being.
Staffed by nurses and a nurse practitioner, the Tiger Care Center conducts a complete medical assessment upon admission, working to manage chronic illnesses so that residents can stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible.
Come on a virtual tour of one of the apartments at TigerPlace.
Come see a studio apartment at TigerPlace.
That the building is licensed as an intermediate care facility is important because it satisfies regulations associated with most insurance plans (including Medicare); thus residents will not be forced to move when their needs increase.
Marilyn Rantz talks about some of the additional services available at TigerPlace.
Continuation of the research team introductions.
See how sensors operate in one resident’s apartment.
The TigerPlace project is a collaboration across multiple departments of the MU campus. Listen to different team members introduce themselves and explain their involvement in the project.
Social programming at TigerPlace (e.g., poker night, the “happy feet” group, landscaping, and other volunteer-run activities)
Interdisciplinary and collaborative projects on technology for elder care at TigerPlace, especially applying “fuzzy logic” to these problems.
Funding for the TigerPlace project and how fuzzy logic technology is beginning to be implemented in elder care (e.g., assessing mobility and range of motion, detecting accidents, and identifying the need for early intervention by health care providers).