Aquarate and Staffordshire County Council join forces to tackle dehydration in care homes.
Using the current inaccurate fluid intake monitoring methods, seen widely across the country, can lead to preventable dehydration cases and cause unnecessary illness. Within Staffordshire County Council, there are over 4,000 people aged 65+ each year admitted to hospital for a fall related injury, with an additional 1,000 hip fractures each year. Using Hydracare, the region aims to significantly reduce these figures.
Julia Jessel, Cabinet Member for Health & Care in Staffordshire County Council comments: “As healthcare has evolved over the years, we have been exploring new and pioneering ways to care for our residents.
“As a local authority, we are committed to seeking out new ways to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Getting enough water is proven to increase wellbeing, improve recovery times, mitigate against illness, and prevent falls. This is why we are working with Aquarate, whose Hydracup technology is designed to help people in our care settings get an adequate amount of water, and provides instant feedback on how much.
“We are currently using this technology across five care settings for older people and those with learning disabilities. We believe the introduction of technology like this into local care settings will reduce the need for time intensive 1:1 care, free
up staff resources, improve the quality of life for Staffordshire residents, and improve the overall quality of the care we deliver.”
Rebecca Taylor, CEO of Aquarate adds: “We are proud to be working with Staffordshire County Council to help make living easier for those in care. As part of the digital movement, reliable hydration monitoring is fundamental. It’s great to see the Hydracup being placed within disability living areas as we designed it for.
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