Shell Point implements new technology that enhances quality of life for skilled nursing residents and the staff who care for them

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2022) – Shell Point Retirement Community has implemented an innovative proprietary technology that enhances service for its skilled nursing residents – and job satisfaction for the health care team who care for them.

Shell Point is the only skilled nursing center in Florida that is currently using Partners Advanced Pharmacy Solutions 250, an advanced medication dispensing system prestocked with up to 250 oral medications. The APS 250 machine selects and packages the medications in individualized labeled envelopes and collects them in totes to simplify how nurses deliver medicine to residents.

“This level of technology amplifies our resident experience,” said Christy Skinner, Shell Point’s Vice President of Health Care. “Not only does it improve the efficiency and accuracy of our medication administration, and allows us to offer 24-7 care since we don’t need to wait for an order to be filled,” said Skinner.

Karen Anderson, Vice President of Human Resources, said that along with added safety and convenience, Shell Point’s skilled nursing staff immediately recognized the benefit of the new system.

 “It increases job satisfaction because it allows nurses more time at the bedside,” she said. “The technology enables our nurses to concentrate on resident care rather than preparing medications to be administered.”

Shell Point’s skilled nursing has received national recognition, including five-out-of-five-star ratings for overall service, quality measures, and staffing from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Shell Point, a Certified Great Place to Work, ranks 29th among the Top 100 Employers by the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance. To learn more about open positions on Shell Point’s skilled nursing team, visit www.Careers.shellpoint.org.

“Implementing the APS 250 is another example of Shell Point giving our staff the tools and technology they need to provide our residents with the best possible care,” Skinner added.

Shell Point recently completed the Larsen Health Center, a $78 million, 200,000-square-foot facility that brings together all of Shell Point’s health care services, including a comprehensive medical center, behavioral health suite, rehabilitation center, dental offices, pharmacy, and a 180-bed skilled nursing facility with private rooms.

Within Larsen Health Center, a medical center includes exam and procedure rooms, on-site imaging services, and offices for Shell Point’s medical staff and specialty physicians. A therapy center offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services in a dynamic open-gym concept, along with an occupational therapy home suite, a state-of-the-art aqua therapy pool, and private treatment rooms. A dental clinic, full-service pharmacy, chapel, meeting space, and cafe complete the first floor.

Floors two through six offer 162 private and nine companion skilled nursing rooms with 10-foot ceilings, expansive 8 x 9-foot windows, and well-appointed bathrooms with walk-in showers. Dining rooms and sunrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing water and nature preserve views. Each self-contained residential neighborhood accommodates 20 residents and offers a living room, activity room, lounge area, and a family conference room.

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,500 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, an arts center, coastal-inspired restaurants and outdoor cafes, salons and spas, fitness centers, tennis and pickleball, along with miles of scenic walking and bike trails and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131

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Shell Point Retirement Community: Kara Hado

239-454-8245; cell 239-310-1115; karahado@shellpoint.org