Technology and Innovation in Care Homes

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 There are over 5,000 nursing homes and over 12,000 residential homes in the United Kingdom today, providing a service for over 400,000 people. A significant amount of the UK’s elderly population are in these homes, and with our ageing population, this number will only continue to grow. So isn’t it right we aim to look after our elderly in the best way?

Unless significant updates are made to our healthcare and social care services, the long-term care will become inadequate to meet the needs of our ageing population. Already, the trend of the number of care home beds is decreasing, with over 1500 beds being lost per year; by 2020, it is predicted we will have 37,000 fewer care beds in our care homes. Further financial pressures are also expected, with council fees, and the increase in the national wage, expected to take a toll in the near future, meaning many vulnerable people will be forced into moving into inappropriate care.


Despite the importance of care homes in the UK, particularly in providing care for older people with complex needs, the sector is often disadvantaged and overlooked by commissioners, policymakers and researchers, which stunts growth and innovation.

We aim to break this trend.

The highly flexible nature of technology means that it is only the limits of R&D that prevent us from improving the care sector for patients. The uptake of digital health and ‘technology-enabled care’ by care homes, however, is way behind on this potential; many innovations that are seen in other areas of the health sector are only just being implemented into care homes, such as electronic care records and telehealth.

There is no doubt technology-enabled care has a huge benefit on the health sector; results published in the ‘Whole System Demonstrator’ (2014), report that there were significant reductions in emergency admissions, A&E attendance and length of stay in hospitals.




Work reported by the Airedale NHS Trust showed that when a video consultation service was set up between more than 200 nursing and residential homes and the Airedale hospital, there was a 35% reduction in hospital admissions from these homes. Further, A&E usage by these adult nursing and care home populations fell by 53% and the number of hospital bed days were down by 59%.



The Digital Health revolution is happening. Right at this very moment, healthcare companies and care homes are beginning to take on board innovative ideas and are looking into bringing through digital health products, such as mobile health apps and wearable devices, to improve patient outcomes and overall costs.

Those who don’t get on board will get left behind. Don’t let that be you.