The service acts as an early warning system, highlighting any deterioration of health early. Using the digital care home service, Southern Health and Social Care Trust were able to increase monitoring of risk of undernutrition from once every 6 weeks to weekly.
The automated system offers great support to the dietitians and empowers the care home staff to take a more proactive approach to monitoring their increasing number of vulnerable residents. The residents and their families feel more supported too because the frequency of monitoring has been increased along with more timely reviews. To stop the service would be a backward step. We couldn’t go back to what we did before.