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New Technology Enhances Interaction at Moorestown, N.J., Skilled Nursing Facility
MOORESTOWN, N.J., June 2, 2021 – Meet Temi! One of Cambridge Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center’s newest “team members,” the artificial intelligence-powered robot helps in facilitating virtual intergenerational programming, serves as a 24-hour on-demand translator, provides music therapy, reads to residents and so much more. Temi has been delighting residents of the Moorestown skilled nursing facility since its arrival.
“Temi serves as another platform to augment interaction and helps in brightening the day – particularly during this time of continued limited visitations,” said Danielle Koons, regional director of market development at Marquis Health Consulting Services, which supports the facility and orchestrated the arrival of Temi. “The residents are always pleased to see Temi when one of the care team members brings the robot by. They are really enjoying the multitude of different engagement activities like virtual concerts, trivia games and book readings, too.”
Temi is WiFi-enabled with Bluetooth connectivity, and utilizes an intuitive operating system designed for easy user interface. Standing three feet high on wheels, the robot hears, speaks, understands and responds to directions. Easily controlled by voice commands, Temi has a video camera and screen, microphone, and sound system. It has a built-in Robox™ Navigation System with obstacle avoidance and facial recognition, enabling the robot to remember residents and greet them by name.
At Cambridge, Temi plays a key role in facilitating the new “Life Stories” virtual program with a local middle school. During regular 30-minute visits utilizing the telepresence robot, each resident in the intergenerational program is interviewed about his or her life experiences by a student. “Temi brings an interactive component to ‘Life Stories,’ which is similar in spirit to pen pals, and it’s wonderful to see the bonds that are being created between the seniors and students,” noted Koons.
This short video shows the use of Temi’s many capabilities at Cambridge.
“The residents are getting a real kick out of the technology,” noted Ricky Pena, Marquis’ vice president of life enrichment. “And while Cambridge’s inspiration behind bringing Temi into the community was mainly focused on introducing fun programming and inspiring some new connections, the facility’s residents and care team members are also benefiting from its high-level capabilities.” In fact, Temi’s practical support is wide ranging, including language translation. The robot can serve as an on-demand interpreter when communication issues arise at any hour.
Cambridge provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care. The 201-bed skilled nursing facility is in the midst of a multi-million-dollar improvement program. Cambridge’s 63-unit assisted living offering, Cambridge Enhanced Senior Living, features a dedicated memory care neighborhood. The bucolic, 14-acre campus sits in the heart of picturesque downtown Moorestown, 12 miles east of Philadelphia.
Located at 255 E. Main Street, Cambridge has a rich history and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally built in 1894 as a private residence, it became a skilled nursing property in 1947. Through the years its capacity to serve the community has expanded significantly in both size and services, culminating with its rebranding and a name change earlier this year.
A highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company based in Brick, N.J., Marquis Health Consulting Services currently supports Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 4,500 skilled nursing and assisted living beds.
PHOTO CAPTION: Temi, an artificial intelligence-powered robot and one of Cambridge Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center’s newest “team members,” helps facilitate numerous initiatives, including “Life Stories,” a virtual intergenerational program with a local middle school. Ella Doel (pictured), a Cambridge resident, delights in a virtual get-together with a student through Temi’s telepresence capability.
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