Phyllis, Registered Nurse, Valley Senior Living, USA 1
The TENA SmartCare Change Indicator™ uses the latest technology to help caregivers understand when incontinence products need to be changed if residents are unable to communicate their needs. This means increased wellbeing for residents and greater efficiency in care homes.
The TENA SmartCare Change Indicator™ is a ground-breaking digital health technology solution that can help transform elderly care. A reusable sensor, easily attached to the outside of the absorbent product, tracks the degree of urine saturation. When it is time to consider change, caregivers are notified via the TENA SmartCare Professional Care app in their smartphone. All notifications and other data can be reviewed in the TENA SmartCare dashboard to help care homes follow-up and improve incontinence care.
It can be challenging to know when incontinence products need to be changed. Checking them too often can disrupt residents’ daily activities and sleep unnecessarily. Whereas not checking enough can lead to leakages and skin exposure to urine. With the Change Indicator, caregivers will no longer have to carry out frequent manual checks, which means less intrusion and more dignity for the residents.
The Change Indicator offers an opportunity to increase the efficiency in care homes. More incontinence products can be changed at the right time – not too soon or too late. Efficient routines optimise the staff workload and give more time for other care tasks. In short, resources can be used more efficiently, and it will be possible to work towards a truly individualised continence care.
TENA SmartCare Change Indicator can contribute to a better work situation and increased job satisfaction in many ways:
1. Essity data on file; Utility Assessment Evaluation, Valley Senior Living, ND, USA, Q3 2018 - Q1 2019
2. Essity data on file; Utility Assessment Evaluation, United Mennonite Home, ON, Canada, Q3 2018 - Q1 2019
All data on notifications, incontinence product changes, response times and status of residents’ Change Indicators is easily accessible via the TENA SmartCare dashboard. This overview of incontinence care activities can be used to facilitate planning and optimise routines.
The TENA SmartCare Change Indicator is designed to be reusable to keep electronic waste to a minimum. It can also help optimise the consumption of incontinence products. At TENA, one of our main ambitions within sustainability is to reduce our carbon footprint by 50% by 2030. We also aim to improve the life quality for 100 million people who deal with incontinence worldwide by 2030. Ground-breaking digital health technology solutions like TENA SmartCare Change Indicator will be an important step in reaching our goals and leaving a better mark on the planet. Read more about sustainability and our TENA Protects Program here.
The Change Indicator can make a big difference, especially when caring for residents who may not be able to reliably communicate their needs. Please observe, though, that while the Change Indicator is designed to support staff by helping them decide when to change absorbent products, it should never replace their own professional judgement.
Click below for answers to some of the most common questions about the TENA SmartCare Change Indicator.
A limited number of care homes will be offered to evaluate and implement the Change Indicator in the early launch phase. For more information, or to register your interest, please get in touch via the link below or contact your local TENA representative.
The TENA SmartCare Change Indicator is a Medical Device Class 1.
Ensure you have received training and/or have read and understood the instructions for use before using the system. The TENA SmartCare Change Indicator is not a measuring tool. It provides information on urine saturation levels to support decision making regarding when TENA incontinence products should be changed. It does not replace normal safety checks and routines for repositioning residents, checking for faeces, administering medication, etc. Do not use on residents who experience frequent faecal incontinence. TENA SmartCare Change Indicator does not detect faecal episodes. In the event of system failure or anticipated system failure, revert to your normal check and change routine. If you encounter any problems, equipment failure or if any other incidents occur, report them to the manufacturer or call TENA SmartCare support on 000-000-000.