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In an interview, Majd Alwan, Director, Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), talked about CAST's efforts. CAST is playing a more pro-active role in assisting senior care providers in making decisions about the new technologies designed to support seniors' health and well-being. CAST hopes eventually to accumulate evidence that these technologies work and do deliver on their value proposition, which includes more efficient staff operations, reduced staff turnover, improved quality of care and quality of life, and reduced costs. Providers are seeing the competitive edge the technologies are offering them -- the ability to address their waiting lists, provide home-based services and capture that market, so that when clients' transition to a more intense level of care becomes inevitable, their facilities will be there for them. Several providers have been quite successful at adapting the technologies. Key factors to success are ease of use, attention to staff training, and good availability of technical support.
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