As part of providing 24-hour specialist care for our residents, our dedicated team need to monitor them throughout the night to make sure they are safe and comfortable. When designing Ashton Manor, we wanted to make sure we didn’t disturb our residents unless they really needed us to because, as anyone who has experienced restless nights knows, a lack of sleep can have a negative effect on wellbeing.
This meant looking for an alternative to the traditional physical night checks you’d normally see in a care home. To solve this problem, we’ve invested in innovative ‘acoustic monitoring’ technology throughout Ashton Manor, to help our residents get the good night’s sleep they deserve.
How acoustic monitoring works
We’ve teamed up with experts at CLB Monitoring and Adaptive IT Solutions to fit all our bedrooms across the three floors with non-obtrusive sensors to monitor sounds. These sensors are individually programmed for each resident and if a sound profile exceeds its limit, an alert is sent to our care station and our team then respond as required.
When a resident joins us, we carry out an individual risk assessment and, if necessary (for example, a resident is at risk of falls), we can also install a non-recordable camera to help us monitor any deviation from the individual’s usual sound pattern. This technology includes an audio function that allows us to communicate with the resident remotely before our care team can physically enter their room. For example, we’d be able to deliver the message ‘we are on our way, please wait for assistance’.
Benefits for our residents
The acoustic monitoring system means our team are alerted more quickly to residents needing their assistance. Staff are alerted as soon as a resident wakes or is about to get out of bed, meaning they can proactively provide assistance. In other homes using the technology, this has been shown to reduce resident falls by 51%*.
With our team only disturbing residents when necessary, this also means they’re able to dedicate their time to looking after individuals when they need support, for example, spending more quality time with residents who are awake during the night, as residents living with dementia can be.
By allowing better sleep quality, acoustic monitoring can also improve residents’ general wellbeing –typically care staff would check in residents’ rooms every two hours, bringing light into their rooms and potentially waking them up, possibly leading to confusion. With better sleep, our residents are able to enjoy their daytimes more, getting more out of activities and family visits, and generally enjoying a better quality of life, which is exactly what we want for them!
If you would like to find out more or book a tour, call us on 01524 566 007 or email us at email@example.com.
*WCS Care/CLB Monitoring