Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Care homes and new technologies: how to reconcile security and … – JDN

The security in accommodation establishments for the dependent elderly (nursing homes) is a major concern for families and for the staff of these institutions. Confronted daily to freedom dilemma / resident safety, the caregiver finds forced to reconcile two imperatives at best a priori opposed. A permanent compromise, which can sometimes have serious consequences, dramatic view.

The real challenge for these institutions is to arrive
 to maintain a balance by bringing a pleasant and safe living environment
 with respect for freedom of rights
 individual and personal privacy. The objective is to ensure
 freedom to come and go of the elderly, while preserving their security
 and respect.

Today, new technologies can
 give a concrete answer to the problems encountered daily
 in residential facilities for the elderly.

Fugues, falls, suicides, violence
 and Alzheimer diseases require vigilance at all times

Today, nursing homes face
 various security issues. Although older people are living there, in principle,
 free to move, personal supervisors must exercise constant vigilance to protect residents
 many dangers. They face the difficulties of large-aging
 are particularly at risk of falls, running away or suicide, which
 represent a risk at all times.

Another danger related neurodegenerative diseases
 age, such as Alzheimer’s disease, have been increasing steadily and
 involve a significant proportion of patients accommodated in these structures.

In France, the disease affects close
 one million people and nearly 225 000 new cases are
 diagnosed each year.

Memory loss, aggression, flights
 and other conflicts are becoming more frequent. To cope with this
 problematic institutions establish specialized units and implement
 human and material resources which must be consistent with the state of
 health of the person admitted.

The latest example, we
 learned a few days ago an octogenarian had violently assaulted a
 Another resident centenary … knife!

Physical assaults on
 personal or between residents require rapid detection and response
 equally suitable.

This is where news
 technologies, particularly adapted for residential use
 care for the elderly, can now support teams
 caregivers in strengthening security and protection
 patients. They incorporate the functions of localization and control while maintaining comfort and mobility
 residents, which also reassures families …

A desire to protect … not monitor

The current trend in nursing homes is to take full
 load each resident, and sometimes, to overprotect to avoid risks.
 And even if the EHPADs QoS is characterized by the presence
 Human its professional teams, they need to be supported
 in their daily business with solutions to keep as
 long as possible the autonomy of residents in institutions.

The establishment of fixed or mobile communication systems giving
 possibility caregivers to get directly in contact with the resident
 seeking aid must allow responsiveness. In case of alert,
 the information feedback in real time gives the opportunity to act quickly
 with appropriate and effective responses at any time.

This is the same for
 fugues and other wanderings, numerous and sometimes tragic, within the units
 specialized in retirement homes. Faced with this complicated context of monitoring
 elderly patients or patients with neurodegenerative diseases who are real
 risks in case of unexpected exits of establishments, they must
 adapt and develop effective solutions.

Wireless and medallions
 other connected watches worn by residents can alert teams
 when a resident leaves the authorized perimeter and began experiencing
 safe outside the residence. These solutions represent today
 an essential support, because it is not
 eligible, a patient at risk, as the fugue is discovered after
 several hours, while the patient may have already undergone or caused
 damage. If these
 People are not found quickly, the risk may even
 sometimes becoming fatal.

These application systems and business solutions
 Appeals can reduce organizational problems while improving resource management
 and missions. They also perfected the communication process
 Internal setting for the sole purpose of enhancing the comfort and
 safety of our elders. For alerts when time is running out and
 every minute saved is paramount …


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