– This should give you who live here increased security when the sensors make it possible to detect the situation or events that we would not be able to detect without the technology. Now you can move around the entire nursing home and get help by pressing the alarm you are wearing. You no longer have to sit half a meter from the alarm cord, said Eli Karin Fosse, director of health and welfare during the celebration on Friday.
In the living room of the short-term ward at Tasta nursing home, she met both patients and staff, together with representatives from the municipality and from the supplier of the system, Atea. Fosse said that the new sensor technology fits right into the strategy “Live the whole life.” She praised the nursing home, the users and the staff who have welcomed the new system so well, writes Stavanger municipality on their websites.
Changes everyday life
Fosse says that using this sensor technology will make it possible to prevent falls to a much greater extent. According to figures from the Norwegian Directorate of Health, falls are the cause of 85.6 per cent of the injuries we see in the elderly over the age of 80. Now the sensors pick up “wandering” at night, and the staff can get there more quickly and prevent falls. The carers can thus use their time more correctly and where it is needed, Fosse believes.
– We are incredibly grateful that the municipality has chosen to spend significant resources on this system. It means greater security and freedom for those who live here, and is a good tool for the employees who work here, says director at Tasta nursing home, Turid Eikeland Tjora.
She says that they have already tested the nappy sensor, and sees that more people can now sleep all night without being woken up. Caregivers Jørgen Pettersen and Borja Serra Gracia have tested the new system recently and are very satisfied. They see that this gives both patients and staff a new everyday life.
– We will still check that you are breathing, but the new sensor gives us a tool that makes the job easier. We get more time for you, our patients, says Jørgen Pettersen, who now receives messages directly on his smartphone.
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An important health project
Dag Mossige, head of the committee for health and welfare, believes that this sensor technology fits well with the needs the municipality is facing. Efforts are being made to free up time for healthcare personnel, and this technology allows them to concentrate on the medical tasks, he believes.
– The most important thing here is the human aspect, avoiding falling or gaining weight at night, said Mossige, but adds that the technology should not replace the warm hands.
Ruben Hakin, project manager for the new system from Health and Welfare in Stavanger municipality, says it is very nice to be able to make the working day for employees in nursing homes better, and increase security for the residents.
– It is good to see that Tasta nursing home has already adopted most of the various sensor options available, says Hakin and explains that the system can be connected to third-party equipment, and can be adapted to the individual resident’s needs.
And one of those who gets to be one of the first to use this new technology is Ada Lillian Hugdal, who is a patient at the short-term ward.
– The system works perfectly. It gives me peace of mind when we always have it on us, she says and shows the bracelet that has a sensor and notification.