Falls prevention is one of the most essential components to providing person centred care because it ensures the safety of residents and helps avoid unnecessary pain or injuries that could lead to more significant complications.
The digital care planning system (mCare) contains many features that not only support the prevention of falls, but it helps care staff to manage the entire process, with post falls assessments, reporting and the analysis of falls to ensure that if a fall does occur, everything possible can be learned from the incident to prevent it from happening again. One aspect, however, is arguably the most important when it comes to falls prevention, and that is fluid monitoring.
Effective fluid monitoring is so important because dehydration can be easily missed if not documented thoroughly can lead to falls in care homes, which in turn can lead to unnecessary injuries and further complications. To ensure this doesn’t happen, mCare has a range of features that help to ensure fluid intake for care home residents is always monitored, reported on and optimal for every individual’s needs and circumstances.
This feature of the app promotes continued hydration for care home residents by providing a 24-hour rolling monitor of the amount of fluids offered and consumed for residents that are set up with a fluid ‘watch’. Carers can fully personalise each resident’s fluid needs, indicating each person’s fluid requirements, whether a fluid target needs to be met or whether a cap is needed due to a medical condition, and everything can be documented and added to care notes in real-time. The feature also gives carers any alerts of changes, it gives an overview of meals and tracks trends in appetite and overall nutrition. Because of the seamless handover process, care staff are also able to quickly see the hydration levels for the whole community as part of the automated handover process, meaning that they can quickly identify those who need fluids to be monitored or encouraged. It also allows carers access to information on dietary needs or allergies. Overall, our customers studies have demonstrated a 33% reduction in falls thanks to fluid and nutrition monitoring.
With the help of features such as Speech to Text and the Icon-Driven Interface, mCare allows for easier recording of drinks offered with the ability to record how much has been consumed. If there are any preferences or specific instructions dictated by medication or any other factor, then these will be prompted at the point of care, meaning that carers can easily evidence fluids and keep track of any changes or issues.
With the Smart Cups, fluid monitoring can be even more accurate; Smart Cups are intelligent drinking glasses that are able to constantly monitor fluid as well as provide relevant information and notifications to carers as well as healthcare professionals and relatives. These features allow far greater tracking of fluid intake and help to eliminate avoidable injuries due to falls brought about by dehydration.
Automatically updated from the care notes recorded in mCare, features such as the fluid chart enables users to see historical data on fluid intake for the residents they care for, including from other sources such as soup or ice lollies.