UC worked with Maple Knoll Village to transform a villa on their campus in Springdale, Ohio, into a “smart house,” a learning and testing environment for the development of technologies aimed at keeping seniors in their own homes or communities longer. Known as the Innovation Collaboratory House, the villa features telehealth robots and patient simulators and serves as the testing ground for innovative student projects aimed at detecting falls, preventing medication errors and making life easier for an aging population.
The smart house allows the College of Nursing to incorporate remote “telepresence” robots into student courses and community-based settings, helping to better prepare the students for the workforce as health care delivery evolves.
“This really is our dream at the College of Nursing,” says Greer Glazer, dean of the College of Nursing. “We’re about teaching. We’re about doing research on the things that we’re teaching and we’re about providing service to people in the community.”
Senior nursing student Tripp Elson says he’s gained some valuable experience while working with the residents at Maple Knoll.