New technology is being applied at various elder care facilities in Denmark to improve the efficiency of caregivers while helping municipalities save hundreds of millions of kroner annually.

Making great strides in the area of elder care welfare technology, Danish facilities are using advanced ceiling lifts and high-tech wheelchairs to allow caregivers to more efficiently use their time in other tasks while simultaneously improving the quality of care to the elderly residents. The initial investment in the technology will pay for itself in just a few years, according to reports.

The new technology is backed up not only by the National Board of Social Services, but also by the outcomes being observed within these municipalities, which are among the most advanced when it comes to modern welfare technology for elder care and assisted living facilities.

Use of technology advancements in the area of ceiling lifts and wheelchairs reveals there is huge potential for rationalisation and improvement in care at elder care and assisted living facilities. For example, the new lifting technology requires only a single caregiver to move an elderly resident from their bed to a wheelchair, whereas previously, two people were needed to perform such a task.

The National Board of Social Services had in a report from April 2011, 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. These estimates were based on pilot projects in the municipalities of Odense and Slagelse, where a single caregiver performed 75 per cent of all patient moving sequences throughout the project period.

The new modern ceiling lifts and high-tech wheelchairs are currently being installed at 1,600 assisted living facilities in the municipality of Aalborg in Denmark. 

HLS Healthcare is an expert provider of equipment and furniture solutions designed to support the disabled and elderly in daily living activities as well as ensure the safety of personal carers.