of soap, toilet tissue or hand towels because refill levels are monitored remotely by the staff. The third tier adds bespoke cleaning plans for the entire facility into the mix.

Formerly offered under the names of Tork EasyCube and Tork Digital Cleaning Plans, Tork Vision Cleaning allows care home managers to use real-time data to understand their facility’s cleaning needs and quickly adjust to new hygiene protocols.

It is of course vital that anyone tasked with cleaning a care home should be thoroughly trained in how to do so effectively to prevent any risk of cross-contamination. For this reason, Essity has launched an online training package designed to clarify each key step that a cleaner needs to take when cleaning an occupied space.

Also highly relevant to care home settings, Tork Interactive Clean Hospital Training takes staff through various real-world scenarios and methodically details each step of the process from picking up debris to emptying the bins, wiping down refuse containers and carrying out other tasks. The module is available in more than 15 languages including Spanish, Arabic and Somali.

A wide range of other technology breakthroughs are continually being deployed in the care home. For example, residential facilities across south Essex are currently being

supplied with exercise bikes equipped with video and sound to allow the more physically active residents to take virtual cycle trips through familiar surroundings, reliving their childhood memories as they do so.

Meanwhile, MHA Hillside in Aylesbury is using virtual reality to allow residents to fulfill their dreams from the care home. Residents are donning headsets and taking virtual strolls through snowscapes and along exotic beaches without actually leaving the facility.

A company called PainChek is pioneering the use of artificial intelligence to assess the pain levels of residents who may not be able to articulate their distress. Claimed to be the world’s first intelligent pain assessment tool to employ the use of AI, PainChek works by analysing micro-expressions in residents’ faces.

Technology therefore has a highly valuable role to play in the care sector. It can improve residents’ quality of life, provide them with new experiences and connect them with their families. But during the current health crisis it has been particularly crucial in improving cleaning efficiencies and enhancing safety for both residents and staff. - 31 -

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