Wearable technology was the future of technology in the care home sector, according to WCS Care Director of Innovation and Delivery Ed Russell.
Ed made his comments during a session on innovation during the second day of Health Plus Care at the London ExCeL, which also featured Eric Kihlstrom, founder of KareInn, and Dr Jane Townson, CEO of Somerset Care.
Ed said: “The future is here now. It’s the way we use it that matters.”
The Director of Innovation said WCS Care was partnering with a university on developing wearable technology that could be used to provide health and well-being indicators, such as dehydration levels.
He added that well-being data indicators could also be used in a preventative way, for example, by predicting which residents were most vulnerable to falls.
Jane said Somerset Care was focused on increasing computer literacy across it organisation and integrating care records with other care home management systems.
“I want us to move away from the technology to towards our customers,” Dr Jane said.
She added that Somerset Care was currently collaborating with Exeter University on analysing the effects of social media on residents’ well-being.