Inconveniences in Assisted Living Facilities

GreyMAR recently came across the blog of nursing home resident Kathleen Mears. Kathleen has been blogging about her life as a resident for the past 21 years! Her blog gives us an interesting look into the life of a resident in an assisted living facility.

Her post on October 9, 2017 tells about when the assisted living faculty’s fire prevention consultant came for a visit. It’s hard to understand just how big a small inconvenience can be for a resident, but Kathleen gives us an inside look.

Below she recalls some of her experience:

“The fire prevention consultant said my PC’s line surge protector was too close to my bed. He said, in Ohio, surge protectors within 6 feet of a resident bed must be 1363 A, fire code compliant. I had him write down all the information. I thought I need to buy one to continue using my PC.

I searched on a major shopping website and found a six-outlet 1363 A fire code compliant power strip. I was not surprised that it cost $63. I also found a computer line surge protector but the fine print said it cannot be used within six feet of a resident’s bed.

The compliant power strip cost was more than the line surge protector I was using. I wondered if existing and higher-priced line surge protectors might be more fire code compliant than the inexpensive power strips with a breaker switch. However, I could not find the answer to that question online.”

We sympathize with Kathleen and any resident in an assisted living facility that has to deal with inconveniences like this. GreyMAR is on a mission to make assisted living facilities better than ever, and we hope Kathleen continues to offer us her insight!

Read Kathleen Mears’ full blog post at https://www.iadvanceseniorcare.com/blogs/kathleen-mears/facility-safety/plugging

Photo of Kathleen MearsNOTICE:  Kathleen Mears is a long-time blogger who has been a nursing home resident for 21 years. She gives us a rare insight to life in a nursing home. Her blog can be accessed at https://www.iadvanceseniorcare.com/blog/kathleen-mears

 

GreyMAR announces free service for Hurricane Irma victims

GreyMAR announces that it’s flagship service is being offered free of charge to all facilities that are affected by the hurricanes affecting the lower part of the United States. GreyMAR is committed to ensuring operational healthcare facilities and ensuring patient safety.

GreyMAR’s MAR and TAR disaster recovery for PointClickCare solution will include eFax and Custom Documents modules (separate add-ons being provided free of charge) as well to ensure fax capabilities are operational. Service is able to be setup within minutes and allows clinicians and administrators to upload documents into electronic storage for safekeeping and fast staff distribution.

It is also recommended to contact our IT Help Desk if your facility needs additional IT resources.

We have posted free resources to help you plan at both of these links.

https://help.greymar.io/hc/en-us/articles/115004597266-Emergency-Planning-Checklist

https://help.greymar.io/hc/en-us/articles/115004597226-Planning-for-an-Emergency

To get your facility setup on greymar.io please contact us at 412-567-6300

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Power Outages and GreyMAR

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Last Wednesday, Lake Forest Hospital located in Illinois, suffered power outages due to a flood, causing faculty to relocate 70 patients from Lake Forest to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Radiation and oncology patients were referred to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, while the elective surgeries were transferred to the Grayslake Outpatient Center. Heavy rain and storming led to this problematic evacuation.

Natural disasters happen, there’s no way to control the weather. Even so, GreyMar promises to have your back with a resilient backup plan. If a natural disaster strikes and even if your patients have to relocate, you can trust GreyMar’s backup system to keep updated MAR’s and TAR’s stored on our cloud. You could have no generator, no power, and no internet and you’d still have a fully functional GreyMar cart from which you can print your PointClickCare MAR’s and TAR’s. No shortage or outage is a match for GreyMar’s revolutionary system. The question is, how are you backed up?

Through research and experience, we’ve found that many clinicians are in the dark about these emergency procedures when these outages occur. With technology being our compass, any discrepancy can cause major setbacks, especially in the healthcare industry. Outages happen and technology isn’t always on our side. The only way to combat this is by having a plan that you can count on. Breathe fresh air and rest assured, GreyMar has you covered.

1st Annual Pittsburgh Healthcare Mixer

GreyMAR is hosting their first ever Pittsburgh Healthcare Mixer! The Who’s Who of healthcare in Pittsburgh will be there, including the Department of Health, Directors of Nursing, Admissions Director, Home Healthcare, Hospital Administrators, Medical Attorneys, and Information Technology specialists that will explain the recent RansomWare dangers and how to protect your facility. This is an opportunity to learn more about the new project, network with others in your industry and get connected throughout Pittsburgh. Food and drinks will be provided, along with interactive entertainment for guests and giveaways. The majority of the proceeds will go the Miracle 360 Foundation, which is a organization aimed to benefit children. It will be a great night, for a great cause.

 

Check out our invitation flyer for more information!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1st-annual-greymar-pittsburgh-healthcare-mixer-tickets-36323152527

Welcome! What You Need To Know About Us

Welcome to GreyMar!

We know that not everyone is  tech-savvy. That’s why we have developed a software that transforms technology into a seamless one-step click. Geared towards the health care industry, this development has revolutionized the security of EMAR’s for patients, giving the faculty a rest-easy approach to any technological mishap. GreyMar is hosted by GreySignal, Inc., a corporation that is recognized under the Department of Homeland Security Telecommunications Services Priority. Our service is very unique as it “floats” to other data centers in the event of an emergency. This means that depending on your location within the United States, our application may be served out to you at a closer data center, allowing the service to load faster and more securely. GreyMar has done the impossible and made PointClickCare backup easy.

When it comes to an emergency back up plan, most facilities are not comfortable with their system. With GreyMar, you can ensure that your patients MAR’s and TAR’s will be safe and sound due to the revolutionary backup system GreyMar provides. We’ve thought of everything when it comes to our service. Whether PointClickCare is having an outage, the power is out, the internet refuses to work, or even if there is a natural disaster in your area. GreyMar will protect the most recent MAR’s and TAR’s and allow you to retrieve them using an all encompassing cart.

Now that we have introduced ourselves a little bit, go to our website and join our community. Here, health care professionals can openly discuss and share any stories they have about overcoming emergencies. Our growing community is for nursing facilities to share their knowledge! Speak to our GreyMar experts and gain valuable preparedness ideas and leave any product feedback. Get to know us, as we get to know you! We’d love to hear from you!

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GreyMAR enhances your Long Term Care organization’s ability to stay operational during major system outages. Our solution ensures your EMAR backups are able to be accessed 24/7 regardless of system outages.

 

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