Care-givers need improved technology to reduce stress in the LTC sector
March 3, 2023
As the population continues to age, an exodus of staff within elderly care during the pandemic has intensified pre-existing problems with retaining and growing the care workforce. By 2030, there will be 1.2 billion seniors over the age of 60 worldwide, making this one of the largest challenges facing our care system.
Home-based care services continue to juggle available resources to provide housebound seniors with the care they require, frequently weighing vital health decisions to prioritize limited staff time and forgoing care to some individuals as a result.
Care Facilities, such as retirement and long-term care homes, face different but equally impactful challenges. Mental burnout caused by shortages is harming the standard of care, and most staff members indicate that they are rarely given enough time to deal with issues that go beyond the immediate.
Governments and organizations are working together to provide more funding to help increase capacity, but the solution for closing the gap in elderly care has to incorporate the right innovation in order to succeed.
That is what Sensora Health has set out to fix. Their Canadian-based technology has been designed to immediately alert caregivers of falls or irregularities in a resident’s behaviour.
Although not the first company to focus on remote monitoring, Sensora is taking a data-driven approach to helping care workers and seniors. By using cutting-edge smart sensors combined with their proprietary algorithms in AI, their vision is to provide a “safety net” around our seniors without cameras or wearables, that not only helps prioritize precious staff resources, but can offer more proactive care delivery in the process.
Jordan Caspersz, COO & Co-Founder, said, “From day 1, we’ve set out to build technology that helps care teams do more with less.” He continued, “Yes, Sensora helps with the immediate, to boost response times for falls and emergencies.
But we’ve also found ways to understand how seniors are doing over-time, what patterns we can recognize, and articulating that data back to care teams to proactively address concerns before they become symptoms.”
“We’ve spoken to hundreds of PSWs and operators on the struggles to keep staff and having to rely on temporary agencies as a result– as innovators we knew that’s where we wanted to help.”
Sensora is helping decrease the need for temporary staff by 15-20% by empowering existing care teams to effectively monitor more seniors at once. Not to mention the edge organizations are feeling from families and caregivers from being able to communicate care plans with a level of transparency they couldn’t before.
Sensora’s Medical Lead, Dr. Jobin Varughese, is a licensed family physician with a special interest in care of the elderly and has spent the last decade in senior care facilities. “I have seen the toll the pandemic has had, and we need to find ways to unburden care teams and lean on new technology if we are going to succeed in supporting our growing number of seniors,” said the former medical director of a Canadian long-term care home.
Since 2020, Sensora has been winning interest across Canada and internationally in the U.K. and U.S. The company provides a robust suite of health indicators which include: Fall Detection, Mobility Monitoring, Behavioural Aberration Alerts, and AI-Powered Care Recommendations. Sensora is a proud part of Currant Care Inc., which has also furthered technology in Hand Hygiene Auditing and Remote Academic Learning.
Sensora is now selectively looking for new clients who are eager to implement their solution in care facilities and with home care providers. You can connect with them at www.sensorahealth.com.