JUNE 2018: TECHNOLOGY IN CARE HOMES

Care

Like every other sector and walk of life, the care industry is changing – and changing quickly.

Technology isn’t a luxury or a choice any more. It’s simply a part of the world.

And so the same is true for care homes. Used and implemented correctly, intuitive and practical technology can vastly improve the living experience for residents and the working experience for staff.

Here at Baycroft we’re utilising the latest technology available within the industry to ensure we offer the best and most efficient care in a discreet and effective way.

Here are a few examples.

Nurse call systems

The nurse call system is a staple and necessary part of life at a care home. At a Baycroft home, whatever the time of day or night, residents can press a button for assistance on the colour-coded Chubb Care Call unit next to their bed.

It’s a silent system – only the nearest carer to the resident’s room is alerted. So no more loud, intrusive bells ringing out and residents don’t need to feel embarrassed about creating a disturbance.

It’s not the only Chubb technology we’re using. We also have fall detector watches that activate when the wearer has a sudden fall – again, alerting staff of what has happened.

And for the night-time, epilepsy and enuresis detectors under the mattress detect any unconventional motion or moisture, helping to enable a good night’s sleep for all.

Care-planning app

As well as assisting residents, there is great tech assistance for staff, which in turn feeds back for more efficient resident care.

Baycroft staff all use the state-of-the-art KareInn app to plan care and record real-time resident activity.

Staff can create resident profiles to record details such as how much the resident has eaten or drunk, their activity or any noteworthy incidents, such as falls.

The app prompts the staff member with care suggestions based on the insight gathered and all the info is stored securely in the cloud.

Simply put, it means less time on paperwork, more time with residents and better visibility for home managers about what is happening from day to day.

On a similar theme, we also have an electronic medicines administration record (eMAR) system which helps keep the delivery of medicines simpler, safer and compliant with regulations.

Dementia care

More than one million people are expected to be living with dementia by 2025.

At Baycroft, we’ve invested in innovative technology to help staff provide the best care for residents with dementia.

For example, Tovertafel (Magic Table) is a care innovation developed in the Netherlands by a PhD student. So far, it has been installed in over 500 homes in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Now it is here in the UK and making a real difference to the lives of dementia patients in Baycroft homes.

A portable white box hangs on the ceiling and projects interactive images on to any surface below. Beach balls bounce and react to hand movement, fish swim, lights swirl. The games stimulate physical and cognitive activity as well as encouraging social interaction. You can see a full demonstration here.

These are just some of the ways in which Baycroft is utilising technology in our homes. We will continue to scope out the latest innovations to improve both the care and the lifestyle of our residents.