Exploring the World of Assistive Technology
Date: Thursday 22 April 2021
A care home in Abergavenny is amongst the first in the UK to use a ground-breaking electronic badge to support in the fight against COVID-19.
The Foxhunters Care Community started using the “PinGo” technology in November last year.
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’ of less than 2m from another person.
If someone tests positive for COVID-19, PinGo produces a ‘rapid-test’ list, ranking those most at risk of possible infection.
This enables the 70-bedroom home to send instant alert messages to listed staff and contact visitors.
Helen Davies-Parsons, CEO of Dormy Care Communities which operates Foxhunters Care Community, called the technology a potential “game-changer” for care homes.
She said: “Our aim is to provide the highest possible infection control standards across all our care communities. This technology in Foxhunters takes it to another level and could be a real game-changer.
“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.”
She added: “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.”
Gary Woods of ENS, which designed and developed the technology in response to the pandemic, said: “When coronavirus hit care homes and we saw the devastating impact it was having we worked quickly to adapt our systems to react to distancing requirements, testing needs and contract tracing.”
For more information please visit https://www.dormycare.co.uk/.
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