Which functions are these?
Besser: One of our primary objectives is to improve the interaction between caregivers and patients by taking the element of space out of the equation. This means the caregiver is aware of the patient's current status or whether something has happened to him or her, even if there is no visual contact. When it comes to the functions, we fundamentally focus on chief caregiver challenges. These are defined by the nursing standard of practice protocol and include the following problems: risk of bedsores (pressure ulcers), falls, disorientation, incontinence, and dehydration. Our moio.care system currently covers the areas of fall detection, prevention of pressure ulcers and disorientation.
I would like to explain in more detail how the prevention of pressure ulcers improves daily care plans for dementia. To prevent bedsores, patients should never remain in the same position for longer than four hours at a time to prevent tissue damage. A young, healthy person will eventually feel uncomfortable, prompting him or her to shift position – even automatically during his or her sleep. Meanwhile, a person with a physical disability or decreased pain sensation remains in the same position, thus causing tissue damage. This can be avoided by regularly repositioning the patient. To ensure this doesn't happen while patients are in professional care settings, residents in aged care facilities are repositioned by nursing staff during the night shift every four hours – regardless of whether there is an actual need for it or not. Our system allows a reduction in this activity as we monitor and document the wearer's movements. If the patient has turned in bed thirty degrees or more, the four-hour period starts again from the time of this repositioning activity. Caregiver staff only get alerted on their smartphone if someone has effectively not moved for four hours. Since staff then only have to reposition patients where truly needed, it drastically reduces their burden. At the same time, this boosts the well-being of residents as their sleep is no longer needlessly being disturbed unless it's absolutely necessary.
The same applies to disorientation. By using virtual zones, we promote more independence for people in need of care – while caregivers can be sure that it triggers an alert if patients leave these defined areas. This also eliminates the need for caregivers to be in close proximity at all times, while it affords patients more freedom of movement, greater autonomy and increased self-determination.