At Atkinsons Care and Nursing homes, we understand that there is a fine balance between using assistive technology and maintaining the human approach in care. Technology can be used in a variety of ways to help people with dementia in their daily living and this is known as “assistive technology” put simply, this kind of technology is any aid that can assist the frailest and most vulnerable members of society to live safely and live well in a care home environment.
These are some examples of how we use Assistive Technology in our care homes:
Safety Living in our Care Homes
Assistive technology for people with dementia is designed to support security and safety, while providing a less intrusive living environment. For example, in our care settings we use motion sensor technology which is designed to alert staff when residents with a high risk of falling move away from their car or bed, in order to reduce the likelihood of falls and injuries. Safeguarding technology can be used to protect against fires, intruders, safe use of domestic appliances, and call bell alerts for individual bedrooms.
Everyday Living in our Care Homes
Assistive technologies can also be implemented to assist with a person’s daily needs. These gadgets may include temperature sensors for automatic climate control, lamp and light activation. All of our Care and Nursing homes use wireless tablet systems for care planning which monitor a person’s daily health conditions such as blood sugar, blood pressure and heart rate. This data is automatically transmitted to the appropriate health professionals, who can monitor vital signs and make appropriate decisions about necessary interventions.
Communication Technology in our Care Homes
Now more than ever in these Covid times, do we realise the importance of online communication, which keeps people connected in care and nursing homes to family and friends, which also reduces the risk of exposing vulnerable elderly groups to direct contact of potential cross-infection. All of our homes have been provided with digital portals which allow families to connect directly with loved ones. Of course this will never replace human contact but will reduce stress by residents staying connected with loved ones.
When considering the use of technology to help with dementia care, the personal needs and choices of the individual are critical. It is no use trying to mould an individual to fit in with a certain technology. The proposed technology must be able to support and suit the individual and their unique situation.
Get in touch
For questions or more information regarding our Dementia Care Services, Sandhurst, we’d love to hear from you.
Tel: 01252 871751