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Samaritas Smart Glasses

Healthcare Industry

Home Care and Hospice

Organizations Involved

Samaritas, Care Resources PACE, 1Minuut

Occupations Involved

Nursing Assistants, Occupations Requiring an MSW, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses

Workforce Development Focus

Improving the quality of healthcare workforce

Workforce Issues Addressed

Training current healthcare professionals so that they will be able to serve a broader population


The Samaritas Smart Glasses initiative is a partnership between Samaritas and Grand Rapids-based Care Resources PACE to help CNAs and in-home caregivers help people with dementia and individuals in long-term care. The Smart Glasses are worn by the caregiver and help the responders see what the caregiver is seeing in real-time. Care Resources is training social workers, licensed nurses, PTs and OTs to be virtual-smart glasses responders. The initiative is a way to help address the professional caregiver staffing shortage and, with its use by CNAs in Samaritas' long-term care facility, is a way for CNAs to better care for their patients.

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