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'Smart beds' to help dementia patients in Toronto.

'Smart beds' to help dementia patients in Toronto.

'Smart beds' to help dementia patients in Toronto.

Salvation Army officials hold up a “Whole World Mobilising” flag for the opening of the Toronto Grace Health Centre in Canada on September 25, 2017.

 

A Salvation Army health centre in Canada has been awarded $1 million to participate in research to advance pressure-injury management systems for people living with dementia.

The Toronto Grace Health Centre received the funding through the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation’s Industry Innovation Partnership Program.

Pressure injuries, also called pressure sores or bedsores, can develop if someone spends too long sitting or lying in one position. Many people with dementia are bedridden or wheelchair-bound, and thus, at particularly high risk.

In partnership with Curiato Inc., an innovator of smart technologies to prevent pressure injuries, Schlegel Villages, a provider of long-term care and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, the Toronto centre is advancing its role as a leader in wound care for patients receiving complex continuing care and rehabilitation.

Curiato Inc. will provide state-of-the-art “smart beds” capable of communicating changes in patient’s skin condition and monitoring of patient movement to caregivers and staff.

“This research project is an opportunity for the Toronto centre to advance our capacity to provide exceptional and compassionate care for our patients,” said Mary Ellen Eberlin, President and CEO of the centre.

“As part of the Industry Innovation Partnership Program, the hospital is contributing to science that will directly impact the quality of care for individuals living with dementia including those that require complex continuing care and rehabilitation.”

The centre is a 119-bed hospital located in the heart of downtown Toronto and is owned and operated by The Salvation Army. The facility provides medically complex and specialised care services to those individuals who require complex continuing care, post-acute care rehabilitation and palliative care.

As a “point” on the care journey the Toronto centre supports recovery for individuals with the goal of return to the community.

This article first appeared in the New Frontier Chronicle.

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