CLB, a specialist in communication and alert systems for hospitals and care homes, is expanding beyond its home country the Netherlands, with early adopters in the UK installing its Acoustic Monitoring solution.
The system has two-way microphones and speakers installed in each bedroom that non-intrusively listen to sleeping residents and triggers an alert when the sound level in a room exceeds individually set thresholds. Alerts can be directed to mobile devices carried by carers, as well as being logged and tracked on a central workstation.
This enables staff to respond to residents in need of care, but means they do not need to continuously routine in-room checks that might unnecessarily wake up residents who are sleeping.
WCS Care, which recently earned Outstanding CQC ratings for two of its care homes in the Midlands, has installed Acoustic Monitoring at Drovers House, a modern 80-bed home in Rugby.
Ed Russell, operations director for WCS visited CLB in the Netherlands, where the technology is more widely deployed, and was convinced it could help improve night time care at the operator’s homes.
“Acoustic monitoring has been used in the Netherlands for about 25 years and seeing it in action last summer was impressive,” he recalls. “Staff there said they wouldn’t be without it and could not believe it wasn’t standard practice in the UK.”
WCS initially thought the system would be of greatest benefit to care staff who would need to make fewer checks on residents through the night, but Christine Asbury, managing director for the operator said the greatest impact was on residents, who no longer need to be disturbed several times in the night.