Jack lives in a small group home with three other residents. He has a mild learning disability and is self-caring but requires verbal prompts from staff to sequence and carry out tasks.
Jack’s bedroom is on the first floor and there is a communal bathroom across the landing. The residential home has one sleep-in member of staff whose bedroom is on the ground floor. Jack wakes several times at night (to visit the bathroom); however, sometimes he falls back asleep or forgets to get out of bed, resulting in night-time incontinence.
Staff would like to support Jack to maintain night-time continence.
Following a Telecare assessment, Jack was happy to have an enuresis sensor installed in his bed and for it to be configured to a Care Assist pager in the staff member’s bedroom. (The enuresis sensor senses the slightest wetness in the bed and triggers an alert to the pager.)
This equipment now allows early intervention by the member of staff on duty, who can go to Jack and encourage him to get up and visit the bathroom. In addition it detects occasions when the bed is actually wet (allowing a change of bedding to occur immediately), thereby protecting Jack’s skin integrity.