Remote monitoring in Rugby care homes
Carol Judd-Winn, Lead District Nurse in Rugby, reveals her experience of remote monitoring used within the homes that she supports; these include learning disabilities, care homes and nursing homes. Carol discusses three pathways:
Pathway one: Virtual ward rounds – residents’ health information is added at the time it is observed. Clinicians can then review all the relevant information during ward round and make better informed decisions.
Pathway two: Monthly wellness checks – carers submit resident readings at regular intervals which are reviewed by clinicians. Carol observes that these have demonstrated a huge reduction in falls within the care homes.
Pathway three: My resident is unwell – carers use this pathway to replace needing to phone the GP when they are concerned about a resident. Carers submit their concerns from their device and will receive a response within two hours, offering advice and/or an appropriate intervention for the resident (eg a visit from GP or relevant clinician)
Learning disability residential home in Coleshill
Helen Anson, registered manager at St Catherine’s Bungalows in Coleshill, identifies the benefits of using Docobo remote monitoring, such as:
- Carers having a better understanding of resident baseline observations and increased ability to recognise changes in these.
- Clinicians that are reviewing the residents are more informed about their medical history.
- Residents are becoming more familiar and comfortable with physical observations being taken.
- Carers demonstrate increased confidence and health knowledge when a resident is unwell.
Helen explains an incident that occurred at the home where the use of remote monitoring enabled a resident to receive more timely support with optimal health outcomes – minimising the risk of deterioration or emergency admission.