DignaCare provides dignity in the daily lives of people who live with incontinenceincontinenceInvoluntary loss of control of the bladder and / or intestines., while making the duties easier for healthcare professionals allowing them to free up time for critical care.
DignaCare is a flexible sensor that attaches easily to the exterior of an incontinence product. Via a user-friendly app, staff is alerted when a change needs to occur.
Photo: johner.se / Susanne Kronholm
How it works
The DignaCare sensor has been developed and tested with the emphasis on users’ needs and dignity. The solution has been developed in consultation with Norwegian care workers and is remarkably user-friendly.
Sensor in use
The sensor attaches easily to the exterior of the incontinence product.
The sensor measures moisture content in the incontinence product and triggers an alert when a change is required.
The sensor notifies care workers discreetly via a smartphone or tablet app.
A user-friendly app that makes it easier for staff to provide even better care for care home residents.
We work collaboratively to determine the major pain points of staff in care homes and determine who at the care home would benefit most from DignaCare.
We install the solution and provide thorough training. This ensures the best user experience for those who need care – and those who provide it.
We identify the appropriate notification levels for each resident so as to ensure individualised care. The solution is simple to use and can be integrated with the desired notification interface.
An easier working day
Improved use of time for care staff and fewer tasks involving heavy, physical strain translate into a higher level of professional confidence and greater well-being at the workplace. DignaCare is a needs-based alert system that enables care staff to change incontinence products as and when necessary.
A more manageable working day
A needs-based alert system enables you to see at all times where you should prioritise your resources, and which residents need attention. This will help you make better use of your time and experience a more manageable working day.
More energy in your working day
Bed-wetting and complete linen changes mean heavy work with a lot of lifting. The sensor reacts to changes in moisture, ensuring that residents can have their incontinence products changed when necessary and in time to prevent leakage. This translates into fewer physically demanding tasks, which should leave you with more energy in your working day.
Focus on needful patients
Unnecessary waking and diaper changes during the night can adversely affect the cognitive health of care home residents. DignaCare notifies carers when necessary, eliminating the need for routine changes. When they are allowed to sleep undisturbed, care home residents enjoy improved life quality and health. It also makes the working day easier for care staff.
Department Manager Siri’s story
Department manager Siri H. Christiansen at Hovseterhjemmet is passionate about giving dignity through individual-based care measures to the residents.
«Wireless notification of the need to change diapers can help prevent residents developing painful infections.»
– City of Oslo
Free up time
In a high-pressure health sector where demands are constantly increasing, DignaCare can free up valuable time and reduce unnecessary costs, allowing care service providers to focus more clearly on staff and residents – the people who really matter.
Simpler to prioritise assignments
Today, heads of department devote a good deal of time to planning tasks, following up on staff and interacting with relatives. DignaCare can help simplify follow-up on employees and reassure relatives that their loved ones are receiving the best possible care.
How to optimise resources with DignaCare
With the DignaCare system installed, staff will receive alerts when it is time to change incontinence products. For both care home staff and residents, this will mean a significant reduction in the number of unnecessary diaper changes. Needs-based changes largely eliminate routine changes at night, as well as unnecessary changes of dry incontinence products during the day. For some residents, they may also mean more frequent changes to reduce the risk of developing urinary tract infections (UTIs) and/or sores.
DignaCare alerts staff when it is time to change incontinence products, preventing residents from becoming uncomfortable due to sitting/lying too long in a wet product. Unnecessary checks of incontinence products entail waking residents unnecessarily. Eliminating unnecessary checks will mean fewer unpleasant situations where residents resist being changed.
DignaCare triggers an alert before a leak develops. This means fewer changes of bed linen, and less washing of clothes and furniture covers. Moreover, residents do not risk having to sit/lie for too long in a wet incontinence product, which can cause sores and UTIs.
DignaCare will help reduce the incidence of sores developing from contact with a wet incontinence product. Treating sores can be painful for residents and can also be costly. If residents have already developed sores, DignaCare allows individualised care. In practice, this means that the sensor can be adjusted to trigger an alert earlier than usual.
Using the DignaCare system means switching from routine nursing and diaper changes to changes as necessary. This naturally provides better working conditions for care staff, with employees feeling more motivated as they enjoy the satisfaction of getting everything done on hectic working days.
«We no longer have to wake residents at night to check their diapers physically. This improves sleep quality and allows us to respect the right to privacy.»
– City of Oslo
A valuable health service
The population is ageing. Dealing with this situation is not just a question of finding money and resources, but also providing dignified care to people who need it. That is why we work at the intersection between dignified and valuable care.
Dignity can be cost-efficient
Welfare technology allows us as a society to raise health and care services to a higher level and to deliver improved healthcare for every euro invested. Alert technology from DignaCare opens the door to more dignified care, both for those people who live with incontinence and those who take care of them. At a lower cost, too.
How can DignaCare boost cost-efficiency?
Having to change a bed completely is not only degrading for care home residents; it is also time-consuming and costly. Implementing the DignaCare system will reduce the number of complete bed changes as staff will be informed when it is time to change an incontinence product and can act quickly before a leak occurs.
DignaCare makes it possible to cut costs for material to treat sores because residents are not left wearing a wet incontinence product for too long.
DignaCare eases the working day for care personnel, which is expected to have a positive impact on sick leave in the healthcare sector. This is especially important considering that 80% of healthcare costs are actually staff costs. Contact us to find out more about how DignaCare can have a positive impact on sick leave.
Improved life quality and dignity for residents
Care home residents who use DignaCare enjoy the following benefits:
Individualised care at a lower cost, as changes are based on their specific situation rather than on timetables and routines.
Reduction in unnecessary disturbances at night, allowing unbroken sleep.
Reduction in incidences of UTIs (urinary tract infections) and sores, lessening pain and improving general well-being.
Fewer situations that can make residents feel uncomfortable, such as full or partial changes of their bed linen. The solution also provides peace of mind in social situations as it minimises the risk of leaks onto clothes.
Well received by relatives
Relatives have warmly welcomed DignaCare because it quite simply allows individualised care for their loved ones. In fact, they actively contact care home staff to request that their parents can start to use the DignaCare solution. As relatives have the opportunity to choose the care institution for their loved ones in Norway, they carry out “care home surveys” to ensure they make the right decision.
A relatives' story
Siri Osnes has given consent for her mother Bitte to use the DignaCare solution. Now I know that a sensor assistant helps mom to notify care givers that she needs change, says Siri.
«The DignaCare solution allows individualised care and enhances the residents’ dignity. We’re proud to have contributed to the development of this product.»
– Lovisenberg Omsorg
The solution reduces the number of changes of dry incontinence products, as well as the use of hygiene material and sore treatment products.
It also means a reduction in the volume of chemicals, water and electricity used for washing and cleaning.
The sensor is fitted to the outside of the incontinence product and can be reused as it has a service life of one year.
Our partners deal with sensors at the end of their service lives and recycle them.
Health and Welfare Our vision is to support UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 3 “Good health and well-being”. By enabling residents to sleep better at night and reducing the risk of them developing UTIs, and by cutting the number of heavy lifts care staff have to make and the number of sores they have to treat, we ensure better, more dignified everyday life for everyone.
Privacy is built in
The DignaCare solution processes personal data and health information in accordance with the standards issued by the Norwegian Directorate of eHealth (NDE).