Smartbeds plan for Blackburn care homes

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‘SMART beds’ are set to be installed at six care homes 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 Acorn House Care Home in Whalley New Road.

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 at Longfield and Northwood care homes, both in Preston New Road, Hollymount in West Park Road and St James House and Moorland View in Darwen.

The mats can review long sleep patterns, resting heart and breathing rate and sleep quality, to identify adverse changes in health 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.

Coun Mohammed Khan, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “These advancements enable older people to enjoy their retirement 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.”

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4:58pm Sat 15 Mar 14

glossopkid says...

Lancashire county council take some heed!
Lancashire county council take some heed! glossopkid
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8:06pm Sun 16 Mar 14

woolywords says...

I question whether these smartpads, placed UNDER a mattress would actually work, as I snore, like a lumberjack sawing wood, allegedly.
(It's never loud enough, to wake me up!)
But, on topic, all fun aside...
In the US, there is a vest, worn by vulnerable people, that transmits the same info, at far lesser cost than this product.
It's washable and easily wearable by many, with no discomfort.
(Think, boob tube.)
My Uncle, who lives in upstate NY, with his managed heart condition, uses one, that connects wirelessly, to his computer and iphone, with an ongoing feed to his Cardiologist, for references over time, that automatically creates an alert as to his condition, before he knows it. (take a nitro pill)
There is a pattern emerging within these new people, in charge of our hospitals, as to seek products from within their community of expertise, rather than seek it, elsewhere. I take this as being a small-minded, not a global thinking group, whom are advised by those with an agenda, never with a cost-based idiom.
'we have this experimental product, that will suit our purpose, in reducing the need for regular nurse checks of body temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and breathing rates, it costs more, because it's experimental.. where we can centrally monitor each patient, more cost effectively..and provide immediate care to those in most need..'
Although this sounds a little 'Star Trek', the technology already exists BUT, they will use it, in a perverse way, to reduce immediately available staff to deal with more than a few (available staffing levels permitting) crisis at once.
'Am sorry Wooly, your Mum died, because we had a lot of people, all at the same time, demanding the few available staff that we had , when she took a turn for the worse.'
Do you, for an heartbeat, believe that, I'm going to take that news, well, knowing what I know?
I question whom is related, directly or not, to the company suggesting this over-priced product, to our hospitals?

And, where does the greater cost lie, in those with 'hands-on', or in the admin of the few?
I suggest the latter, rather than the former.
May your Gods forbid that, any of those making these tragic, life-threatening conditions, are ever exposed to their choices in the future.
Let me remind you that, Hospitals were designed to save lives, not perpetuate admin careers.

Even Romans, whom I admire greatly, when exposed to their wrongdoings, had the good grace, to fall upon their swords.
You are gifted with the ability, in my society, to walk away and preserve your good name. Do not despoil that ideal, that made you become a board member, by attaching your name to this stupid idea of economics.
I question whether these smartpads, placed UNDER a mattress would actually work, as I snore, like a lumberjack sawing wood, allegedly. (It's never loud enough, to wake me up!) But, on topic, all fun aside... In the US, there is a vest, worn by vulnerable people, that transmits the same info, at far lesser cost than this product. It's washable and easily wearable by many, with no discomfort. (Think, boob tube.) My Uncle, who lives in upstate NY, with his managed heart condition, uses one, that connects wirelessly, to his computer and iphone, with an ongoing feed to his Cardiologist, for references over time, that automatically creates an alert as to his condition, before he knows it. (take a nitro pill) There is a pattern emerging within these new people, in charge of our hospitals, as to seek products from within their community of expertise, rather than seek it, elsewhere. I take this as being a small-minded, not a global thinking group, whom are advised by those with an agenda, never with a cost-based idiom. 'we have this experimental product, that will suit our purpose, in reducing the need for regular nurse checks of body temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and breathing rates, it costs more, because it's experimental.. where we can centrally monitor each patient, more cost effectively..and provide immediate care to those in most need..' Although this sounds a little 'Star Trek', the technology already exists BUT, they will use it, in a perverse way, to reduce immediately available staff to deal with more than a few (available staffing levels permitting) crisis at once. 'Am sorry Wooly, your Mum died, because we had a lot of people, all at the same time, demanding the few available staff that we had , when she took a turn for the worse.' Do you, for an heartbeat, believe that, I'm going to take that news, well, knowing what I know? I question whom is related, directly or not, to the company suggesting this over-priced product, to our hospitals? And, where does the greater cost lie, in those with 'hands-on', or in the admin of the few? I suggest the latter, rather than the former. May your Gods forbid that, any of those making these tragic, life-threatening conditions, are ever exposed to their choices in the future. Let me remind you that, Hospitals were designed to save lives, not perpetuate admin careers. Even Romans, whom I admire greatly, when exposed to their wrongdoings, had the good grace, to fall upon their swords. You are gifted with the ability, in my society, to walk away and preserve your good name. Do not despoil that ideal, that made you become a board member, by attaching your name to this stupid idea of economics. woolywords
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