AbstractDemographic statistics show that the percentage of the generation 60+ has risenconsiderably in the past few years. This change has led to a new generation of seniors withother needs than the generation before them. Due to the growth predicted for this populationgroup, there will be enormous challenges not only for the job market but also for retirementand nursing homes.Nowadays, a lot of people require a high standard of living and a high degree of self-determination even in the third phase of their lives. For this reason, all nursing homes willhave to adapt to the needs of this new generation of seniors and provide them with morecomfort and security using innovative technologies.The patented and innovative resistive capacitive identification technology (in short RCID)was developed and optimized for identification systems by the Swiss group KABA HoldingAG.RCID uses the natural electrostatic charge of the human body to capacitively connect the keyin the pocket with the door. Instead of looking for the key as usually and using it to unlock thedoor, the person carries a RCID medium near her body.By merely touching the door handle, the medium will connect with the door lock, whichchecks the access authorization. Due to the comfort resulting from RCID, particularly innursing homes, this technology is able to make an important contribution to the preservationof self-determination and it may replace other access control systems. This new technologyalso offers a number of other fields of application in nursing homes.