Smart beds for the elderly

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Smart beds for the elderly monitors their health while they sleep.

Sleep is important to us all and whilst we do so technology advances. Now Smart Beds are being introduced into residential homes across the country.

‘SMART beds’ are set to be installed at six care homes, the Lancashire Telegraph reported, to help monitor residents’ breathing and heart rates.
Blackburn with Darwen Council will spend £50,000 on hi-tech sensor mats after a succesful pilot scheme at another care home.
The BAM Labs Technology mats are placed under the bed mattress and enable care workers to receive continuous health data and alerts about residents. Over the next year the equipment will be introduced into several other residential homes and the mattresses monitor resting heart and breathing rate and sleep quality. Identifying any adverse changes in health allows for early intervention. The data is transmitted to a tablet computer.

It is also planned that the devices will be used as part of a re-ablement programme, where people who have spent time in hospital are able to return to their homes thanks to the extra assistance and equipment to help them live an independent life.

Councillor Mohammed Khan, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s cabinet member for health and adult social care said “These advancements enable older people to enjoy their later years with the help of superb facilities, which, along with the success the council’s Telecare service, has helped many people enjoy a real peace of mind and helped them to enjoy their lives more knowing they have this equipment in place.

“It also helps staff in a huge way, allowing them to respond to the needs of residents straight away” “I am committed to exploring innovative ways of working that gives residents choice and control over their care and supports them to lead more independent and full lives.
“Safe, secure and comfortable care is vital for all elderly residents of the borough both in residential care and their own homes, and the council is committed to help people do this through improvements in technology and care.”

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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