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Care Home Pilot

WWIL in collaboration with a mattress manufacturer, Direct Healthcare Services (DHS), was successful in obtaining Welsh Government grant funding to undertake a technology based project in care homes. Working with partners, including care homes and a local IT company, whatAdata, the pilot aimed to assess equipment and staff knowledge of pressure ulcers, provide resources for improvement, and assess their impact.Care Home PilotWorking with 4 care homes in the SE Wales region, the initial phase consisted of skin assessment, an assessment of equipment, specifically focused on the quality of mattresses, and an assessment of the knowledge levels of the registered and non-registered nursing staff, via knowledge and attitude  uestionnaires.  Following this assessment, new mattresses were deployed via our partner organisation (DHS), bespoke training was provided and an e-learning platform was implemented via tablet, known as wwic.care.

The care homes were then revisited approximately three months later to evaluate the impact of the new equipment, training and education, and to assess whether this impacted on the number of pressure ulcers (PU’s) within the care home.  Detailed results were provided to each of the nursing homes.

Following completion of the implementation process, the care homes provided valuable feedback about which aspects went well, and where improvements could be made, predominantly around e-learning.  Overall, all care homes reported a positive experience and were keen to be involved in future projects.  Summarily, the project was very successful, and identified valuable learning for future developments in the care home sector. 


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