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Digitally Enhancing Care in Care Homes in Dudley

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This is a fantastic resource and we do not know what we would do without it now. We have found RITA to be a great resource to help us reduce the risk of falls.


Rosewood Care Home

Significant issues facing NHS Hospitals are delayed discharge and avoidable readmission of the elderly. Many delays occur where a patient has complex needs and this, in turn, can create discharge issues. By working with the local council, it became obvious that the RITA product could afford opportunities to support these patients with complex needs. It has proven to reduce agitation and calm. This has allowed patients to be discharged quicker and often allow them to be accepted on standard terms into the Care Home setting.


Another issue is to try and reduce avoidable admission and re-admission into hospital involving multi agency involvement. Resident on resident incidences are reportable and also, there is the need for them to be checked out at the hospital. Creating a stimulating and calmer environment through the introduction of the RITA system in the care home setting has been able to reduce those reportable incidences and therefore reduce the flow of read- mission into hospital.

The impact of Project RITA has been shared with management teams, the falls steering groups, the integrated commissioning executive and the dementia steering group. They have received feedback from a range of professionals and other residential and care homes wanting to have the opportunity to extend the use of RITA across the system. We have now launched into phase 2 by purchasing additional RITA systems to further this valued work.

  • During the last 6 months we have been able to retain 5 named residents on a standard rate of care resulting in a saving of £165K per annum. This is turn has been significant in reducing delayed transfer of care.
  • We have been able to integrate and settle residents with complex challenging behaviours and reduce costs with the support of RITA which would have been £20K plus.

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Woodview House Specialist Care Home – Shaw Healthcare

Wordsley Hall

Richmond Court

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A research paper documenting this project has been written up by Glenn Smith a practising nurse and academic. Read more here:

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The impact of RITA has been shared with management teams, the falls steering groups, the integrated commissioning executive & the dementia steering group. They have received feedback from a range of professionals & other residential/care homes wanting to extend the use of RITA across the system.
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