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The new, modern ceiling lifts and high-tech wheelchairs are currently being installed in 1,600 assisted living facilities in the municipality of Aalborg, in Denmark.
Here, two assisted living workers demonstrate how the lifting sequence can be carried out by one person.

Photo:Guldmann

New Technology —
From 2 To 1 Caregivers

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By Søren Munch, Jyllands-Posten.

Outstanding results reported by Danish municipalities,
which are far ahead of the curve in the area of elder care
welfare technology.

Advanced ceiling lifts and high-tech wheelchairs for residents in elder care facilities can save Danish municipalities hundreds of millions of kroner annually, and the initial investment in the technology will pay for itself in just a few years.

At the same time, the new technology can provide caregivers more time for other tasks, and assistance for the elderly residents is offered by a more attentive and observant staff.

It may sound like a simple breakthrough for Denmark’s municipalities, but the new technology is backed up not only by the National Board of Social Services, but also by the initial real-life experiences of the municipalities, which are among the most advanced when it comes to modern welfare technology for elder care and assisted living facilities.

From two to one caregiver for a lifting sequence

In the area of ceiling lifts and wheelchairs for the mobility of residents at elder care and assisted living facilities alonethere is huge potential for rationalisation and improvements in elder care. For example, the new lifting technology makes it possible for a single caregiver to move an elderly resident from their bed to a wheelchair, whereas previously, two people were needed to perform such a procedure.

In a report from April 2011, the National Board of Social Services estimated that municipalities could reduce the cost of 860 full-time positions, which corresponds to about DKK 360 million, if the lifting technology were to be implemented nationwide.

The calculations were based on pilot projects in the municipalities of Odense and Slagelse, where 75 per cent of all patient moving sequences were performed by a single caregiver throughout the project period.

 

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