Wear&Care Technologies and Herning Municipality collaborated on a test course at a nursing home in 2020. During the test period the citizens’ incontinence pads were changed when there was an individual need for it and not by routine changes. This resulted in significantly fewer changes than before the course. On average, the nursing home staff changed approx. four incontinence pads less per day, and during the period there was no need to make clothes or bottom changes due to leakage. The new work routines freed up time resources and reduced resource consumption on washing bed linen and clothes. During the test period the committed care center experienced a reduction in the use of incontinence pads of approx. 40% as well as an average time saving of one hour and 55 minutes per week per resident.
Sensor technology independent of incontinence pad supplier
Herning Municipality chose Wear&Care’s technology, as they emphasized that the sensor is independent of incontinence pad supplier. Wear&Care’s sensor technology is the only independent sensor on the market and the independence means that different incontinence pad brands can be used. Also, brands can be changed over time and as needed.
Increased quality of life for citizens
The use of Wear&Care’s technology contributed to a reduction in unnecessary disturbances and conflicts due to the handling of incontinence care. This was because citizens’ pads had to be changed less frequently during the test period. Furthermore, the use of sensor technology resulted in an increased experience of dignity due to minimizing the time citizens spent wearing a incontinence pad that needed to be changed. The time spent on wet surfaces due to urine leakage was completely eliminated during the test period, which was also conducive to the comfort and well-being of the citizens. Last but not least, a number of citizens achieved better night’s sleep because they had to have checked or changed incontinence pads to a lesser extent during the night.
Better physical and mental working environment
The fewer conflicts that can arise from incontinence pad changes gave the employees at the nursing home in Herning Municipality a better working environment. At the same time, it also had a positive effect on employee well-being that the employees could have a good conscience waiting to change the citizen’s incontinence pads until the examiner had given notice that it was necessary. Last but not least, the use of Wear&Care’s sensor technology contributed to a better physical work environment because there were fewer diaper and bottom changes and these work tasks can be physically stressful to perform.
In 2021, Wear&Care Technologies has started a collaboration with Aarhus Municipality. Aarhus Municipality entered the collaboration with a desire to investigate the potential in offering citizens with incontinence an intelligent bladder sensor. They had a desire to free up work time and at the same time there was a wish to offer better care to residents with incontinence. The process started with a short test run and after a few weeks the first results could be seen and documented.
Results of the test process
- Incontinence pads were only changed when needed and significantly fewer times than before
- Incontinence pads were changed faster after urination, to the great benefit of the citizens
- The staff no longer had to worry about whether a citizen needed incontinence care
- The risk of leaks and bottom changes was minimized
- Citizens had more energy during daytime due to more undisturbed night sleep
- Citizens are followed to the toilet as employees can often see a pattern in urination
Principal Kirsten Dodensig at Engsøgård care center in Aarhus Municipality says about Wear&Care’s sensor technology:
“It has been easy to implement Wear&Care’s sensor solution. My employees are very happy about it, even though there was some resistance in the beginning. We can now all see and feel the good effects of the system – both for the citizens, the employees, the environment, and my budget. “
Charité university hospital
Charité is one of the world’s leading university hospitals. As part of their research in geriatrics they work closely with the nursing home sector in Germany.
Charité started a 5-year project in 2018, with the aim of improving care through increased and focused use of technology. As part of the project, they picked out a number of themes where it was believed that technology could make a big difference. The incontinence area was one of them.
After researching the world market for technologies that can contribute to incontinence treatment, the choice fell on Wear&Care’s sensor solution for incontinence care. We are very much looking forward to contributing to Charité’s research, with our innovative solution, and to implementing our system at Charité in 2021.
Faunhofer is one of the world’s largest and leading research institutions, and it is a great honor that Faunhofer has wanted to work with Wear&Care Technologies as part of their focus on the use of welfare technology in geriatric care. Fraunhofer in Germany is conducting a research project with the aim of finding the most suitable technology that can improve the treatment of incontinence in both the hospital environment and in geriatric care. After researching available technology worldwide, Wear & Care has been selected to participate in the research project, which we are very proud of. The project started in the autumn of 2021.
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