Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (D.N.P.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Dianne Conrad DNP, FNP-BC

Second Advisor

Amy Manderscheid DNP, AGPCNP-BC

Academic Year



A Quality Improvement (QI) project in a Midwestern Continuing Care Residential Community (CCRC) was designed to examine the evidence-base of four assistive technology platforms marketed as safety platforms as means to improve outcomes for older adults residing in memory care environments. Using the Evidence-Based Design Model Socio-Technical Systems Theory, survey data and observational data collected from the organization were considered with respect to the evidence-base supporting each technology. Ten organizational priorities derived from collected data were used to develop an Evidence-Based Assistive Technology Fitness score for each of the AT platforms reviewed. This methodology provides a means to evaluate planning and purchasing decisions for residential care facilities in a way that aligns with the organization’s unique priorities, guided by evidence-based assessment of considered assistive technology products to improve safety and care of residents with dementia.