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112, 2020

Home care is the future

COVID-19 has made the healthcare system slowly adapt to new digital technologies enabling remote care. However, there are still strides to be made in reforming adult social care. ADASS and the TSA are making recommendations to the government, health, care and housing sectors about the role of digital technology in a reformed adult social care system. Even the Adult Social Care Winter Plan highlights the shift towards technology enabled care (TEC), and how through technology people have been able to [...]

2511, 2020

The History of Ethel

We interviewed our CEO, Deepak Samson, about the history of Ethel. What was the inspiration behind the Ethel Smart Hub, what challenges were faced and where he sees Ethel in the future. Who is Ethel? Ethel is a lovely 98 year old lady who lives in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. I met Ethel in the year 1997 when I moved to a small village in County Fermanagh as a youth worker and she is was and still is one of [...]

1611, 2020

As Winter Pressures Become Year-Round Can Technology Improve Resilience?

Our CEO Deepak discusses whether technology enabled care can help improve resilience as winter pressures have become a year-round problem. Even before pandemic hit, most of us were aware of the NHS winter pressures from news stories (surprise, surprise, it happens every year!!). It’s usually made in reference to the period when temperatures drop, the seasonal flu is widespread, and hospitals have to cancel a good number of planned surgeries to deal with the influx of patients in Emergency Departments [...]

2710, 2020

Winter pressures: How can a stretched thin NHS cope with the extra pressures of COVID-19 this winter?

The NHS is hit with winter pressures. This year we have the added pressure of COVID-19. December 2019 was the worst year on record for A&E waiting times “with 2,000 patients waiting 12 hours for a bed”. Hospitals are already at a high capacity and this year is expected to be worse. “When winter comes there is a surge and often the NHS has to work very hard to keep up with demand” Dr. Layla McCay.  Hospital beds are at a record low since 2010. [...]

1910, 2020

Adapting to the new normal: How has COVID-19 affected social care?

Future waves of COVID-19: “As the UK prepares for potential future waves of the virus, The Health Foundation warns that social care must be given equal priority to the NHS, including a great focus on domiciliary care.” (The Health Foundation). Everyone is feeling the affects of the COVID-19 pandemic. With potential new waves on the horizon, we need to be proactive and ensure that we are prepared. “Policy action on social care has focused primarily on care homes and this has [...]

1210, 2020

Living alone: Can it cause a decline in your physical health?

Recent statistics have shown that social Isolation and loneliness is becoming more common amongst the older population in the UK. “Half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without speaking to anyone at all” (Age UK) and “currently 1 in 3 older people in the UK live alone” (The Health Foundation) – a sad statistic which indicates the current lack of support available to those who chose to live independently during their golden years. [...]

610, 2020

#DigitalWorkplaceDay: Getting to know the Ethel Care team

It’s Digital Workplace day; “Whether your digital transformation started in 2020, or you’ve been at this for a long time, the digital workplace is here to stay”. (Business wire). Companies have had to adapt, innovate and improvise on a daily basis. Ethel Care, based in N.I, expanded their team during COVID-19 creating a virtual team, with new staff based in London and Scotland. The post-pandemic workforce is changing and starting at a new company without ever meeting your colleagues can [...]

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