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dementia-friendly app Retro Fish Game

Care worker Heather Mead found there was a lack of apps available to engage people with dementia – so set up her own business and created a dementia-friendly game. Here, she tells Care & Nursing Essentials editor Victoria Galligan about her story and explains how animated racing fish are helping to engage the residents she works with.

Heather works in a Bupa care home in Kent, having worked in care for seven years, and said: “The idea came to me on my first day working for the care home. It was having a demonstration of a sensory table mainly designed for children with special needs. The activity ladies and some carers were talking about gaming apps and how there are not that many designed specifically for the elderly or those with dementia that are easy to play.

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Old lady sat in wheel chair with carer

The growing demographics, rise in government expenditure in the healthcare sector, increasing aging population, and the need for quality care is driving the market for care management solutions.

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Cristian Grossmann, CEO and Co-Founder of Beekeeper – a digital workforce management platform – on retaining home care workers through better access to shift schedules…

Cristian Grossmann, CEO and Co-Founder of Beekeeper – a digital workforce management platform – on retaining care workers through better access to shift schedules…

It’s no secret that the UK care and nursing home industry typically has a higher rate of staff vacancies compared to others. A recent report showed that the vacancy rate in the adult social care sector was 6.6%, higher than the national average of 2.6%. Just as worrying, staff turnover in the adult care sector has climbed to  27.8% and has been steadily increasing since 2012.

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healthcare industry apps are saving lives - a man uses a phone

Phone apps and the internet are some of our best and most favourite tools for figuring out which medical ailment affects us. Sadly, the information we read is only as reliable as the person writing it, so be advised to take what you read online with a pinch of salt. Yet, more and more men are living longer because they are checking their symptoms online instead of ignoring their symptoms completely. The internet and mobile apps are affecting healthcare in far more ways than most people realise and, in some cases, apps are saving lives.

Staying in touch with the right people

You may remember the first websites that offered free SMS texts if you didn't mind giving your phone numbers up to spammers. Then, along came things like Skype and What’s App, and suddenly we have free communication that is lightning fast and more readily accessible than emails, and more disability friendly than phone calls. Such apps are nice for family members who want to stay in touch, and they are revolutionary for people who need intermittent care, from people with dementia who are having off-periods, to people with schizophrenia who need somebody to help walk them safely through an episode.

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Lifepsychol - two men play the guitar on chairs

Chroma, the UK’s leading national provider of arts therapy services, is to pilot Lifepsychol, an innovative new patient-driven system that could ultimately help up to 14 million people in the UK living with long-term or life-threatening conditions who wish to optimise their quality of life.

Giving users back control of their care, the easy-to-use web-based portal monitors real-time patient-self-reported quality of life indicators. Measuring 12 essential areas that have the biggest impact on how patients view their rehabilitation and recovery, Lifepsychol helps clinicians and next of kin track their loved one’s levels of:

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Understanding the Customer Needs. The Key to Fastroi’s Success.

Fastroi are a Finnish company developing Care Management Software for the residential & domiciliary sectors. As market leaders in Finland they have led the digital transformation of social care in Finland for over 15 years. Fastroi developed ‘Real-Time Care’ (RTC) in cooperation with industry professionals and are now introducing it to the UK market with much interest. 

Data Analysis Gives a Deeper Insight

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Using technology to connect 

Alive has been using touchscreen technology to enrich the lives of older people in care settings for almost a decade since its inception. We use touchscreen devices during our meaningful activity sessions in a multitude of ways, allowing us to respond in the moment to the needs, interests and wishes of individuals.

Touchscreen devices can place the whole world at our fingertips. We use them to explore people’s life stories - finding pictures, films or facts that can transport people back to their happiest memories. We create music together by using the latest sensory music apps such as ‘Bloom’ or ‘Midnight’ as stimulation for people living with dementia. Spontaneous internet searches allow us to explore, discover and share music from any decade or country. Touchscreen devices can also be connected to a TV or projector, for an interactive group experience. 

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ground-breaking app

Award winning home care provider Bluebird Care has created a ground-breaking staff guide mobile app for their care teams.

To celebrate the launch of this new innovative tool, Bluebird Care have released a promotional video, highlighting the key benefits of this new tool providing further support to their care teams.

Bluebird Care employs 19,000 care assistants across the UK, delivering over 28,000 care visits every day. This innovative mobile app enhances the availability of critical information to care teams providing front line care and support in customers’ homes.

The staff guide app has been created by Bluebird Care’s experts, after drawing upon feedback from care teams through workshops across the UK.

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