A care home in Abergavenny is among the first in the UK to use ground-breaking track and trace technology in the fight against COVID-19.
The Foxhunters Care Community, winner of the 2020 Knight Frank Luxury Care Home Award, started using the ‘PinGo’ electronic badge technology last month.
The badges help maintain social distancing by giving real-time flashing image alerts and vibrations to staff, visitors and residents if they enter a ‘red-zone’ within 2 metres of another person.
PinGo is also able to produce a ‘rapid-test’ list for those most vulnerable to COVID infection.
Helen Davies-Parsons, CEO of Dormy Care Communities, which operates Foxhunters Care Community, called the technology a potential “game-changer” for care homes across Wales and the wider UK.
She said: “Our aim is to provide the highest possible infection control standards across all our care communities. Whilst it’s fantastic news that a vaccine is on the way and the government is encouraging rapid-testing to facilitate visiting in homes, neither of these is the sole answer to this crisis.
“Social distancing is so vitally important and is something we anticipate will be with us for the foreseeable future, that’s why we’ve invested in this pioneering technology.
“As a care operator, we are always looking at innovative technology that supports our team members and ladies and gentlemen.
“That is why this technology is a vital part of our package of COVID-19 infection control measures.”