Thanks to modern medicine, thanks to antibiotics, vaccination, hand hygiene, immune treatment, and target drug delivery our life span constantly grows. Some modest predictions say that people that are burning today are probably going to live 120-150 years.
All of that is an auspicious and positive view of the future – which is exciting!
HOWEVER, it is also creating many challenges! The world population of our future is going to be very different. Which leads to a simple question: Does the government, and the service providing institutions ready?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, In the United States alone, there are 52 million senior citizens above the age of 65. This is based on an “old” way of calculating who is senior and who is not. One of the big debatable topics today is from what age do you become a senior and why?
Furthermore, from the same source, you can learn that more than 5 million seniors spendings their time in nursing homes or elderly care facilities. However, it is not clear if these facilities are ready for the exponential increase of the senior population predicted to happen in the next 20-30 years?
Do they have enough medical personnel to support and extend the life span of our parents? What should we expect facility owners and managers to do to protect them from the threat of loneliness, confusion or infection? After all, it is them who build, for us, today’s opportunities and reality. It is them who are most vulnerable to diseases and abuse. And it is US who should make sure they are safe from any threat.
Profecionals from elderly care facilites share their view on how gamification of hand hygiene improves life quality.
One of our customers, Beit Bayer, and a leading facility of its kind, which is considered a Nursing hospital. A facility with several differently oriented departments,, including mental and physical support teams, gave us a tour of its unique facility. We were lucky enough to learn from their view and approach.
“We are trying to create a safe environment mitigating different types of risks and illnesses. Starting with mental support and ending with the best practices for infection prevention and control – that’s where Soapy’s CleanMachine and SoapyWisdom play its role.”
According to the facility manager, D. Farla, they try to gamify different practices to their patients and the medical staff.
“We are hoping to avoid routine. We want to innovate the entire concept, excite both employees and patients, “futurize” and promote positive expirience. Soapy’s CleanMachine is a very good example of how technology can do that. The CleanMachine simplifies the handwashing and hand hygiene practice, it also has amazing gamification features built-in. And real-time feedback is a great support of our liability policies.”
Based on our c.onversation with Meir (the operation manager) and David, we conclude that the growing life span cannot continue if we lose life quality. To protect our future, we should avoid any potential risk of disease – mental or physical.
Supporting people with compliance and simplify hand hygiene practice for infection control and prevention is just one of the cornerstones.
Elderly people aged 80+ are at the greatest risk. For them, the probability of dying, in case they catch a simple infection,, is 20-30% greater than the younger population – remember what happened during 2020 with COVID.
In addition, people with pre-existing conditions such as respiratory system diseases, cardiovascular system diseases, and diabetes are at a higher risk than healthy people to any infection. This is true outside of the COVID discussion.
Why did nursing homes become one of the most active distribution channels for COVID?
Now that we have more than 12 months of history and statistical view, we can learn, conclude and maybe prevent future challenges.
Nursing homes hand hygiene need to adapt to new realities
- Each staff representative should wash their hands efficiently and at appropriate intervals.
- We must ensure the greatest possible isolation of the elderly from the outside world, but at the same time, we must give them the opportunity to feel needed and protected.
- If you want to help and act as a volunteer, contact your local nursing home, social services or community charity organizations to see where you can contribute.
Soapy offers a unique solution for monitoring the hand hygiene of staff and patients. A smart personal hand washing station. The CleanMachine provides education tutorials as well as compliance reports.
It also offeres a streight forward ROI through hard and soft cost reduction.
- Improve your water saving by 95%.
- and prevent soap waste by up to 90%
- While Reducing electricity foot print.
- Enjoy from 24/7 quality assurance.
- With 24/7 compliance report.
- Support your Employees and petients hand hygiene trianing.
- And make sure to monitore potential outbreak through non invasive user temperature measurment.