– miiCARE can save elderly lives –
With COVID-19 recently declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, care homes in particular are concerned.
The elderly have significantly higher mortality rates (14.8% for over 80s) than younger people (0.2% for 10-39 year olds), so it was no surprise to see Barchester, which manages more than 200 care homes across the UK, advise visitors to stay away from their homes, to protect the elderly.
A major concern for care-homes is that elderly people who contract COVID-19 have the potential to develop serious chest infections, which are unresponsive to antibiotics. Chest infections can reduce blood oxygen levels which may necessitate a transfer to a hospital for further support.
Thankfully, miiCARE can mitigate this problem. miiCARE’s ground-breaking miiCUBE device measures blood oxygen levels by connecting to oximeter devices, thus allowing for prevention and early detection of these chest infections.
This is just one of the ways in which miiCARE can transform the way care is provided to the 13 million elderly people in the UK, particularly as the coronavirus pandemic develops.
miiCUBE can be installed into the room of every resident and has a variety of sensors and devices to monitor a number of ‘vitals’ such as movement, temperature, hydration, medication, blood pressure etc.
A clinician can therefore access the elderly person without the need to visit a GP surgery, which is invaluable during the coronavirus pandemic for two main reasons:
Firstly, it reduces the risk of the elderly contracting the disease while also helping with early detection of certain symptoms.
Secondly, miiCUBE enables family members to keep in touch with their loved ones who are self-isolating without having to visit which may help in reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
Care-workers are also able minimise contact with the elderly through remote monitoring. This is especially important because local authorities are worried about infected care employees who are at risk of spreading the virus.
If any irregularity does occur, a call will be placed to a family member, a social worker, or a 24/7 professional telecare service.
Fundamentally, miiCARE’s remarkable device could save the lives of many of our most elderly and vulnerable citizens.
Unsurprisingly then, there is an ever-increasing number of care homes that are approaching miiCARE to use their product in order to help elderly residents live safely and more comfortably.
Recently, miiCARE has received a Letter of Intent (LOI) from a care home chain for 10,000 miiCARE products because they appreciate the huge potential of the service, which has come into sharp focus with COVID-19.