GPS clock gives disabled people more autonomy

Unfortunately, the lack of staff in care also affects the care of the disabled. Solutions must, among other things, come from labor-saving technology without compromising the quality of care. Examples of such technology include home automation, remote monitoring, robots, apps, sensors and many other innovative options. A great example of how technology can help care for people with disabilities is a smart GPS watch that has recently been used by the innovation team at s’ Heeren Loo. For example, people with a mild intellectual disability may go out on their own again.

Innovations give hope

Sanne Polak, innovation coordinator at’s Heeren Loo and former Willemina supervisor, came up with the idea for the GPS watch. “My current work on innovation has given me even more drive to make things better. To turn impossibilities into opportunities. I even have a daughter with a disability and at one point her physical health deteriorated. We had already tried to stop this decline with all kinds of interventions without success. When a new device came on the market, it gave so much hope. That’s what innovations do. They make new things possible. That’s what I really do for a living. ”

Supervisors are always there at a distance

Where previously an intern had to accompany Willemina, or a bus had to be called, Willemina, who has a mild developmental disability, can cycle to work or go to the theater again independently. The GPS watch gave her not only more autonomy but also more confidence. The leader can set different locations on the clock, which are also known as circles. For example, when the client comes to work, the counselor receives a signal that she has arrived. With the tracker, the supervisors can always be there for Willemina, even from a distance.

GPS Watch: How Free Is It?

The use of GPS trackers in healthcare remains a point of discussion. Some see it as a restriction of freedom because someone like him can no longer be followed really freely. But in some situations, such as with Willemina, such a watch gives more freedom. She can do more alone and that is very nice for her. But the knife cuts both ways, because it is also very practical for supervisors. For example, a supervisor cannot easily go outside with someone because there are often seven others to be cared for. The tracker can also be cost effective in many ways. For example, the trainee who cycled with can be deployed elsewhere, and it saves time if missing or missing people are to be found.

Technology in disability care & facts

There is a great shortage of staff in the health sector, which not only affects hospitals and care centers, but also the care of people with disabilities. Finding the right employees is a huge challenge for disability care. “If everything remains as it is, it is expected that not everyone will be able to receive the care they need,” said Boris van der Ham, chairman of the board of VGN.
An important solution to the problems in the healthcare system can be labor-saving technology, shows a recent agreement between VGN and ZN. The purpose of this agreement is to create a transition together towards sustainable, future-proof and affordable care for the disabled.

It’s not just’s Heeren Loo, they are motivated to do this, technology is a hot item in all healthcare organizations. We also find a good example in the care organization InteraktContour, which is increasingly using technology in its product range for people with acquired brain injuries. This year, for the first time, work was done to achieve this throughout the organization with a special technology program. According to this organization, technology in healthcare is not a choice but a necessity. While the technology allows clients to take a shower, turn on lights, close curtains and vacuum, caregivers have time to help other clients. The technology therefore saves manpower and, according to the work involved in the healthcare system, makes it more and more fun.

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