Mayo Clinic Creates Healthy Aging and Independent Living Lab
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI) is pleased to announce a new “living lab” within the Charter House, a continuing care retirement community in Rochester. Charter House has 400 residents and is physically located in Rochester and physically connected to Mayo Clinic. Rochester is one of the nation’s best cities in which to reside, according to Money Magazine.
The Mayo Clinic Healthy Aging and Independent Living Lab
The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation is collaborating with the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging and Charter House in creating the Healthy Aging & Independent Living (HAIL) Lab to support “aging in place” — helping seniors remain at home, healthy and independent. The HAIL Lab will be a place for focus groups, as well as for designing, prototyping and piloting new services and technologies with voluntary participation from residents of Charter House and other community agencies. The lab has a large common living area, nursing station, and four apartments, each with a bedroom, kitchen, den and bathroom.
“The goal of the HAIL Lab is to apply the scientific method in a patient-centered fashion helping seniors live longer, more independent lives,” according to Nicholas LaRusso, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.
A Consortium Model
The HAIL Lab will be supported by a consortium of organizations that provide strategy, expertise and financial support. “We are hoping to collaborate with organizations that share a vision with Mayo Clinic to support this growing segment of our population, helping seniors remain at home, in a connected and safe manner,” says Barbara Spurrier, administrative director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. “We intend to pilot new services, care models and technologies around such themes as connection and engagement, health and wellness, and home safety.” Corporations interested in joining the consortium should contact Michael Matly, M.D., director of Business Development for the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation via email or by calling 507-293-1656.