State Grant Helps Bethany Life Deploy iN2L Computer System

| November 16, 2015

A $107,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Human Services’ Quality Improvement Fund will help Bethany Life, a LeadingAge member in Story City, IA, deploy 9 intuitive computer systems from CAST Supporter It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L).

A $107,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Human Services’ Quality Improvement Fund will help Bethany Life, a LeadingAge member in Story City, IA, deploy 9 intuitive computer systems from CAST Supporter It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L).

Bethany Life was one of only 5 Iowa nursing homes to receive a grant from the state fund this year. 

“This grant award is a wonderful example of how the private/public sectors can collaborate in supporting the quality of care in nursing homes,” said Betsy Warburton, president and chief executive officer of Bethany Life. “We are very pleased with this opportunity and will take full advantage of this resource.”

Implementing the iN2L System

According to the Ames Tribune, Bethany Life will use the state grant to introduce the iN2L computer systems in its individual households as a way to bring “bring demonstrable, quality-of-life outcomes to residents.” The grant will also allow Bethany Life to train staff, volunteers, and family members to use the iN2L technology.

The iN2L system will provide residents with access to:

  • Socialization.
  • Nutritional assessment and information.
  • Exercise videos.
  • Lifelong learning.
  • Brain fitness programs.
  • Therapy tools. 
  • Wellness information.
  • Advice from health care professionals.
  • Support groups.
  • Rehabilitative guidance.
  • Clinical assessments.

 

“The most important outcome is demonstrating that the iN2L technology can be an effective behavioral intervention for people who are (living) with dementia,” said Larry Elphic, chief development officer at Bethany Life. “This new opportunity will give staff a new and powerful tool in supporting residents, and reduce the use of antipsychotic medications.”