If you follow us on social media, you may have already heard we’ve started our product evaluations!
“What are your product evaluations?” I hear you ask.
Well, in a nutshell our product evaluations give us a chance to get our Aquarate Fluid Intake System – affectionately called AQi in our offices – out of our robust testing labs and into the real world!
Over the next few months we will be carrying out evaluations in 2 Care Homes right here in the North West.
In this blog we wanted to take a moment to introduce the Care Homes we will be working with, but before we do, we need to answer – how did it begin?
In 2018, Aquarate won first prize in the Smart Health category in the Liverpool Mayor’s challenge. Following this, we were introduced to – drum roll please – Elderholme Nursing Home and Redholme Memory Care!
Something we hear time and time again from healthcare professionals is how difficult it can be to accurately monitor and record a person’s fluid intake, with feedback suggesting residents in Care Homes don’t drink enough. Of course, we know from wider talks that this problem is not exclusive to Care Homes and this is where AQi have stepped in to help.
So without further adieu, let’s find out more about our Care Homes.
Elderholme Nursing Home
Elderholme Nursing Home was founded in 1990 by local citizens, forming the Wirrelderly charity. To this day Elderholme continues to serve as an important part of the Regional Healthcare Network, working alongside local medical practices, hospitals and councils.
Based on the grounds of Clatterbridge Health Park on the Wirral, supporting people in the West Cheshire and Merseyside area; they believe in treating residents with care, comfort and dignity.
Because Elderholme have an initiative to reduce the number of urinary tract infections (UTIs), working with Aquarate seemed like a great match to evaluate the AQi system.
For more information about Elderholme and the work they do, please click here.
Redholme Memory Care
Redholme Memory Care provides care and support for people with dementia and is based in the leafy suburb of Mossley Hill, South Liverpool.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society, UTIs can cause sudden confusion, leading to significant and distressing changes in behaviour for people with dementia. In some instances, people with dementia may struggle to communicate how they feel, which can make it much harder to spot a UTI.
It is because of this particularly vulnerable group that AQi evaluations are so important. The hope is that AQi will flag up when residents are not drinking enough and so reduce the number of UTIs.
Aquarate hope the evaluations will show an increase in the accuracy of a person’s daily fluid intake, providing real time data. We also recognise that healthcare professionals’ time is precious. With this in mind we hope AQi will help save time, as healthcare professionals won’t have to spend hours manually recording fluid intake.
In case you couldn’t already tell, we are beyond excited to be able to carry out our evaluations at Elderholme and Redholme and want to take this opportunity to thank them for having us! We look forward to the evaluations and supporting Care Homes all over the country.
If you are involved with a Care Home, hospital, or home setting, and would like more information, please get in touch here.
Thank you for reading!
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