As time has gone on, and technology has developed, it has changed how care providers look at their service and made them consider how they should improve it. Yes, bi-hourly checks kept most residents safe during the night, but is there a way of being able to monitor them without having to disturb their sleep? Is there a way of the residents being able to call for help, without having to find staff? The answer to that, put simply, is yes. CLB Acoustic Monitoring and Nurse Call provide a service that stops the need for constant monitoring during the night and means that care staff can focus on giving care to the residents that need it the most. If the care staff are less stressed due to their decreased workload, the quality of care when it is needed will be vastly improved. Below is an infographic which clearly shows how our product works.
On the 12th of February of this year, the Secretary of Health and Social Care Matt Hancock delivered an address to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Longevity, in which he addressed the topic of technology in care. He was quoted, saying: “For example, there’s a provider up in Warwickshire doing great things with acoustic monitoring. The tech lets the staff hear crying or breathing problems, sending an alert to a monitoring station staffed by a night manager. It means that staff aren’t knocking on residents’ doors every hour and disturbing people.” So not only has technology in care, and specifically CLB’s product, impressed the care industry, but it has received national recognition from a Cabinet minister.
Read Matt Hancock’s full address here.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, it has been impossible for care home residents to see their family members, which caused a lot of stress for everyone involved. One solution that care staff have come up with, was to use their tablets to allow the residents to video call their family members. This may seem like a very basic form of technology but, it’s not something to take for granted. Because, in times gone by this wouldn’t have been possible, meaning residents would have gone several months without being able to see or speak to their nearest and dearest.
So, to answer the original question, technology is definitely improving the quality of care in care homes. It has not only meant that the residents that are most in need get the care they require, but it has also improved the stress levels of care staff. Technology will keep evolving, and quality of care will continue to improve, meaning that family members will be able to feel more comfortable when putting their family into a home.
To read our case studies about our work with Acoustic Monitoring, click here.