Sensor technology for diapers can improve life quality for incontinent citizens with disabilities
Incontinence pads controlled with Wear&Care’s sensor technology can increase the quality of life for incontinent citizens living on a social housing offer.
A group of citizens do not have the language to communicate about their needs regarding toilet visits and it makes it complicated to provide the care, that prevents the discomfort that can occur from wearing a wet incontinence pad, or from experiencing leaks. Other groups of citizens with disabilities are not mentally able to detect or respond to the urge to urinate and therefore need incontinence care. For citizens with disabilities, sensor technology for incontinence pads can contribute to better incontinence care. It can both enable the citizen to get to the toilet on time, and make it easier to change incontinence pads at the right time. This is because the sensor technology includes a screen, which gives the staff an overview of the incontinence care. This includes a status on, how close the incontinence pad is at its maximum wearing time, or at having reached its full capacity.
Carring for the extroverted citizen with sensor technology
The care offered at a social residence for disabled people is primarily intended to help the citizen to a dignified life. The most important task of the nursing staff is therefore to increase the opportunities for well-being as much as possible. This can cause dilemmas when a citizen does not want to have an incontinence pad checked or changed, though the staff has deemed it necessary. These situations can result in an extroverted citizen and a need for the staff using force. With the sensor technology from Wear&Care as a tool, unnecessary incontinence pad checks can be reduced, because the technology informs the staff about, when the incontinence pad is wet and has reached its maximum capacity.
Carrying an incontinence pad that needs a change for too long can also in itself make the citizen uneasy and confused because it is uncomfortable. If the citizen does not have a language, it may take time to discover that the unrest is due to a full incontinence pad. This can result in situations, where the citizen becomes undesirably restless and extroverted. With Wear&Care’s sensor technology staff can change the citizen’s incontinence pad before reaching this point – and this creates both increased well-being for citizens and employees.
Sensor technology can contribute to increased quality of life
Incontinence can lead to stress and anxiety. It can be very impractical and often embarrassing to experience a urin leak. Therefore, it is important for most incontinent citizens that they can live a life as normal as possible, without having to worry about incontinence related accidents. With sensor technology, the citizen’s incontinence pad status can be monitored and therefore the citizen can be helped to have the incontinence pad changed in time. Equally important is it that Wear&Care’s sensor system provides data, which makes it possible to individualize incontinence care. Thus, the citizen can wear the right size and type of incontinence pad, because the system illustrates the citizen’s care needs in terms of how much the incontinence pad should be able to absorb. Too large a pad impedes the citizen’s freedom unnecessarily and too small a pad will create a risk of leakage. Therefore, it is important that the pad fits the needs of the citizen.
Better night’s sleep with individually adapted incontinence care
In many cases, it may be necessary for staff to monitor and check residents’ incontinence pad status during the night. It often results in disturbed night sleep with one to several awakenings for the citizen because the staff has to physically check up on the status of the incontinence pad. With sensor technology it is possible to monitor the incontinence pad capacity and to see a need for change, without waking up the citizen if a change is not necessary. A less interrupted night’s sleep is of great benefit to the citizen, who may experience less fatigue and better mood and thus increased quality of life.
Sensor technology contributes to an overview of the intake of fluids
With some citizens, it can be a challenge to assess whether they are getting enough fluids, which is extremely important, both for general health and for the prevention of urinary tract infections. With sensor technology, we create a registered overview of how much the citizen urinates and thus whether the fluid intake is sufficient. The result is that the staff’s responsibility for the residents’ health and well-being is made easier to comply with, because any problems regarding fluid intake are made visible by the technology. At the same time, the technology makes it easier to monitor fluid intake even when the staff come and go in different shift layers. An overview of the citizen’s incontinence pad status, urination patterns etc. will always be available.
Wear&Care Technologies can raise the quality of incontinence care on social housings – contact us today to hear more about what we can do to create a better quality of life and security for the citizens you are responsible for.
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