Wireless alert system for Retirement Community
Chelsea Retirement Community provides a continuum of care on its beautiful 58-acre campus situated in the historic City of Chelsea Michigan. Chelsea Retirement Community offers independent and assisted-living apartments, short-stay rehabilitation facility, and Towsley Village for residents living with Alzheimer’s and all stages of memory loss.
In a continued effort to provide their residents the safest and most secure environment possible Chelsea Retirement Community partnered with Torrence Sound of Perrysburg Ohio to provide several integrated electronic systems that combined add significantly to the safety and security of the campus environment. Residents are provided a small wireless pendant that can comfortably be worn as a necklace, wristband, or kept in a pocket. The pendants have a button that when depressed alerts staff not only of the residents need for help but of their identity and physical location anywhere on the 58 acre campus. “Wireless personal alert systems are not new but the wireless network with locating capabilities built by Torrence Sound for makes this system unique.
The Torrence wireless alert system utilizes a sensor network installed into the Chelsea Retirement Community buildings and in various key locations around the campus grounds. Torrence created a computer simulation of the Chelsea Retirement Community campus to provide a map and also to simulate the operation of the system to assist in locating the sensors when the system was being designed. Once the sensor network was in place Torrence technicians created more than 2500 points of interest, by placing alert calls from a pendant and naming the location that the call was placed from,. These points of interest provide a label description of a physical location and also served as a test of the systems coverage capability. When an alarm is triggered from a pendant the Torrence system mathematically compares the device in alarm to the vector map and key, created by the points of interest, providing the closest possible positions by name.
The IP alert engine side of the wireless pendant system is integrated with Lenel’s award winning OnGuard video surveillance and access control software The Lenel integration provides administrative staff complete situational awareness of campus security, not only with video monitoring but also door activity events like doors forced open or doors held open are immediately correlated with captured video and wireless alerts are sent in response to appropriate staff using IP or wireless technology.. The Lenel Onguard platform is Microsoft Gold Certified and offers enterprise features like; accessibility
from web browsers, android and i-phone wireless devices, it offers programming features such as: first card unlock, elevator control, selective system downloads, import export utility, occupancy limit, local and global anti-passback and much more.
Today the United Methodist Retirement Communities offers a continuum of care on its 58-acre Chelsea campus, with independent and assisted-living apartments, short-stay rehabilitation facility, and Towsley Village for residents living with Alzheimer’s and all stages of memory loss. UMRC also encompasses The Cedars of Dexter, and The Pines senior apartments in Chelsea, and joint ownership of Silver Maples of Chelsea with the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation.