article Nursing homes in rural Illinois may soon get their own mobile app, which aims to help residents keep track of the water supply and what’s happening at their homes.
The nursing home Week of Nursing and the Lakeside Nursing Home Week of Life are two of several planned mobile apps that aim to give residents a way to share data and manage their water supply.
Both apps will be launched later this year.
“When I first started going to a nursing home last year, I found it difficult to stay connected to the outside world,” says Liz Taylor, who runs Lakeside nursing homes Week of Health and the Week of Energy.
“I realized it was something that people need to be able to do in their own homes.”
In fact, Taylor and her husband, who live in Woodhaven, Illinois, were inspired to create the mobile app after seeing how their water and electricity were affected by the drought.
“We had a couple of customers who were having problems with their water coming out and we were able to figure out that they didn’t have a water main,” she says.
“They had no water pump and were going through their pipes and their water came out with a big ‘pump-a-hole’ on it.”
The couple created a mobile app that will allow residents to upload photos of their water intake and pump, as well as other details, and then share it with the company to share with other users.
Taylor says the app will also let users share water and wastewater measurements with other nursing homes and allow users to log in to their accounts to see how much water is being used.
“People who don’t want to pay the bills, or are concerned about their health, are going to be really happy,” Taylor says.
The app will allow users access to water and sewage data, including how much is being treated and how much the treatment is costing.
The couple says they’re also looking into developing the app to help other nursing home owners and residents who are concerned with keeping their homes healthy and safe.
“The thing about the app is it’s a collaborative experience,” Taylor explains.
“It’s a little bit like you’re in with a friend and you’re trying to help them get to where they want to be and that’s it.”
They’re also planning to open a pilot app that users can download that will let them check on the health of their home.
The health app will provide users with real-time information about their water quality, including the pH level, pH values and amount of dissolved minerals, along with the number of bacteria in their water.
The apps aim to provide a way for users to share their water data with other residents, like their doctors or health care professionals.
The company says it has over 10,000 registered users, and says that in the first week of release it will receive a total of 6,500 comments and 5,500 emails.
The mobile app will be open to anyone with a valid credit card and internet access.
“With the new iPhones, the people who are using the apps are going places faster and faster, and there are more apps,” Taylor adds.
“This is a big step towards being able to have more access to this information in one place.”
The company hopes to eventually make it easy for users who are looking to share information about the health and health care of their neighbors.
“Our goal is to make it really easy for people to share, and we want to give them the tools they need to share,” Taylor notes.