Progressive know-how is getting used to assist West Lothian residents dwell extra independently in their very own properties.
West Lothian Well being and Social Care Partnership’s Social Coverage workforce have piloted a ground-breaking digital remedy administration system, as a technique to assist protected impartial dwelling.
Analysis reveals that many individuals don’t take their remedy accurately, which may result in falls, sickness and deterioration of medical circumstances.
Suggestions from some native residents was additionally that they wished to be accountable for their care and didn’t need employees coming to their residence simply to verify the right remedy was taken on the proper time.
West Lothian is likely one of the first areas to make use of good know-how to visually and audibly remind the individual when their remedy is due. It additionally studies info again to the Social Care workforce, alerting them if there’s a problem equivalent to medicines missed.
Govt councillor for social coverage, Angela Doran-Timson, stated: “We wish to assist West Lothian residents to dwell independently in their very own properties for so long as attainable.
“By managing remedy electronically, it ensures residents are taking the remedy they want, after they want it, with out the necessity for employees to go to.
“Many individuals favor to not have employees coming to their residence typically a number of instances per day, so this helps them to handle their very own care, within the privateness of their very own residence.”
An preliminary trial of the system confirmed that extra folks had been taking their medication accurately and fewer visits from social care employees had been required.
Because of this employees time may very well be redeployed into different areas to assist care.
Extra West Lothian residents can be provided the possibility to attempt the system this yr, to see if it higher meets their care necessities.
Social care supervisor, Angela Spink, added: “Utilizing the system has considerably improved the variety of folks taking their remedy on the proper time. We will additionally clearly comply with and observe adherence and compliance via the info.
“It permits us to examine in on people who aren’t taking their remedy accurately, to research why and put in extra care if wanted. Typically all that’s wanted is a cellphone name.
“The standard approach of going into properties doesn’t work for everybody, and this places folks again answerable for their care. In flip this helps their well being and well-being, in addition to being reassuring to family.”
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