Aquarate has announced a new partnership with Wirral Council to offer digital hydration monitoring across care homes.
The partnership will involve the roll-out of Aquarate’s Hydracare system across various care homes in Wirral to reduce the number of UTIs, falls and constipation among residents in care environments. The Hydracare system technology offers accurate and automated fluid monitoring to increase hydration and combat associated illnesses within care settings.
The implementation of hydration monitoring will support residents by creating a safer and more comfortable life. Care workers will also benefit from a digital Hydracare monitoring system for hydration monitoring; the system offers real-time fluid intake data, fluid intake history, spill alerts and restricted fluid management.
Costing savings and hydration monitoring
The Hydracare system is set to create a huge potential cost saving for Wirral council through productivity savings, a decrease in antibiotics prescribed and unnecessary hospital admissions.
It is recorded that fall admissions in Wirral costs the health and social care economy £9 million each year, with seven in ten of these admissions aged 65 years and older.
Michael Hanrahan, Telecare and Telehealth Manager for Wirral Council commented: “As commissioners of services for our most vulnerable people, Hydracare offers the opportunity to confirm that they are properly hydrated, resulting in better health for them, while reducing the workload on hard-working care home staff.
Avoidable falls and urinary tract infections (UTIs) amongst older people remain a concern in Wirral. Correct hydration levels are fundamental to a person’s health and wellbeing, with clear and repeated evidence describing how falls and UTIs can be minimised by tackling dehydration.
Increasingly, CQC requires evidence that good care is being provided. Hydracare provides evidence that hydration levels are monitored, and appropriate action is taken if someone needs additional fluids or requires a restriction on fluid intake. Operationally, care home managers can be confident that care is being delivered, while relatives are reassured that their loved one is in receipt of the best care.”
Rebecca Taylor, CEO of Aquarate said: “It is fantastic to see the region coming together to tackle some of the serious issues seen within care. We aim to support Wirral’s digital transformation by providing a tool to track the very fundamentals of care. We look forward to sharing the results of our work in the coming months!”
Promoting the use of preventative tools and active routines is exactly what Aquarate is all about. We want to help people build these healthy life and hydration habits for a better future as we age. Innovating the way we age well is so important and having the right support systems in place is vital.