Known for his desire to improve care by questioning norms and pushing boundaries, Ed Russell, has continued to implement changes at WCS Care’s homes which are generating interest from peers across the sector.
After successfully implementing acoustic monitoring at two of WCS Care’s homes, a system now being used by other care home groups, and introducing mobile care monitoring, Ed has been focusing on how to use the vast amount of data an electronic care planning system generates to improve the health and wellbeing of residents. The group’s fluid watch project, which monitors the daily fluid intake of all residents, has led to changes in practice in every WCS Care home, generating correlating decreases in falls and urinary infections in the majority of their homes. Not satisfied with this, Ed is now turning his attention to other ways they can use data to improve care in real time and analyse and raise practice standards.
Ed’s passion for the outdoors and the positive impact natural daylight and fresh air can have for everyone has also seen a change in culture and practice. Encouraging staff to take residents outside every day has allowed WCS to set a weekly target of 90 minutes of outdoor time for their residents – enough daylight to set a person’s circadian body clock, which in turn contributes to improved health and wellbeing. This is significantly above the average amount of time people living in care homes usually get outside which is anecdotally reported at 4 minutes a month.