Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage recently visited WCS Care’s Castle Brook home and Innovation Hub in Kenilworth in the West Midlands where a range of technology is being showcased including the GHM messaging unit and integrated nursecall.
The Hub features a number of technological innovations either in use or planned for use in WCS Care’s developments.
Features include a recreated bedroom with night-time acoustic monitoring that automatically alerts staff to unusual sounds, so they can respond quickly when needed. A visual prompt is also being trialled as part of the system to give carers more information on which to base their care decisions.
Electronic care planning, that means carers spend more time with residents instead of extensive paper recording, and the GHM advanced nurse call system that alerts staff through handheld devices rather than by disruptive call bells, are some of the other technologies that feature.
WCS Care has also installed circadian rhythm lighting into the Hub that mimics daylight in the day and creates biological darkness at night, keeping the body in a solid circadian cycle, helping to improve sleep and daytime alertness, which has positive impacts for people with dementia.
You can read a full report of the visit at Care Home Professional.