Various systems are part of care systems which in any way contribute to the welware of the people. A well-known example of a care system is the nurse call systems. Through nurse call systems, the residents, clients or patients are able to call a care professional or family member. By the 4 main elements which are presented below, we explain the different types of care systems.
1. Active and passive alarms
With active alarms, residents make consciously an alarm by themselves. The nurse call systems sends an alarm to the relevant receiver (like care professionals, family, etc.) and the receiver is in this way informed about the type of alarm.
There are different nurse call systems which are active alarms:
- Pull cord:
The pull cord is an active alarm which is mostly installed in the toilet and in the bathroom. With the use of a long cord that is secured to the nurse call system, residents can easily make an alarm by pulling the cord.
- Voice connection:
Through an alarm button on the nurse call system, an alarm can immediately be sent to the relevant receiver, and the receiver has the ability to communicate with the resident through the nurse call system. The voice connection is often connected via the following networks: telephone network, internet and phone network.
- Portable neck/wrist transmitter:
This is a comfortable alarm which sends an alarm to the receiver after pressing the button. It is possible to wear this nurse call system both on the wrist and neack and in this way provides constant assurance of security and freedom of movement.
The passive alarms means that the system automatically generates an alarm when there is (in)activity.
- Bed mat:
A bed mat, or bed sensor, is a system that registers pressure and in this way decides whether the resident is in bed or not. This nurse call system sends a signal when the residents is out of bed. Time has to be set in advance for the reason that when a resident is not back in its bed after the time which has been set, the nurse call system will launch an alarm and this could indicate a fall of a person who is wandering.
- Floor sensor:
The floor sensor is placed in front of the resident’s door or next to the bed. When the resident gets out of bed, the sensor detects the first touch and sends a signal to the software. This has almost the same function as the bed mat, for the reason that you have to set a time in advance and after the time which has been set, the nurse call system sends an alarm to the receiver. The floor sensor and the bed sensor can be combined and are a perfect solution for security during the night.
- Door alarm:
The door alarm can individually be set. For one person a door could be or could not be accessible and by using this nurse call system you create freedom of movement. The door alarm launches an alarm when a resident opens a door which is not accessible for this particular person.
- Portable transmitter:
This is an intelligent portable transmitter, which is comparable to the wireless neck/wrist transmitter. The difference is that the portable intelligent transmitter continuously monitors the activity of the resident and launches an alarm when there is no activity observed.
- Motion detector:
The motion detector monitors the activity of the resident. The detector is only being activated when the detector does not detect motion during the time which is set on beforehand.
2. Wandering detection:
The wandering detection protects the client from uncontrolled urge to wander with the use of for example door alarms and transmitters. When a resident does not have permission to enter a particular room, the resident is (often) provided with a transmitter.
3. Incident alarms
- Gas detection:
This is an alarm for sudden gas leakage. The gas detection detects high gas concentrations in a particular environment. It provides protection against possible toxic, explosive and flammable gases.
- Temperature sensor:
Temperature sensors are being places in areas where the temperature has to be measured. These sensors need to control the temperature or when needed regulate the temperature. This sensor also detects and reports the rise in temperature.
- Smoke detection:
A smoke detector makes an alarm after detecting any smoke that may indicate a (starting) fire. Warns in an early stage of an accident which causes smoke or fire. When the smoke detector detects the smoke, the detector immediately activates a signal and sends an alarm to the system.
4. Building automation and Domotica
- Access control:
With access control, the action of the accessibility of a resident is being determined. Authorized persons will be allowed access to the particular area and the unauthorized access will be denied. The access control is often offered in combination with the door alarm.
- Climate control:
This system ensures a constant and controlled temperature in one or more areas. Many climate control systems are able to create the desired temperature by cooling and/or heating the area. By using the right application of an climate control system in combination with the integration technique, the temperature can be adjusted per resident.
- Security system:
A system which is designed to detect intrusion, or unauthorized entry, into a building, room or area. The registration of intrusion or unauthorized access can be done by the previously mentioned access control. This ensures an optimal security system.
- Lighting control system:
Lighting control systems provide the right amount of light where and when it is needed. The system is able to dim, switch and control the light from our integration software ControlCenter10.
All above named systems such as nurse call systems, wandering detection, indicent alarms and the building automation can easily be integrated in Foston’s vendor-independent software integration platform ControlCenter10. The various systems are also easy to link together into one system, which assures you of an optimal and comfortable environment.