Hospital’s hi-tech help for patients with life-limiting illnesses

HELPING PATIENTS THE HI-TECH WAY: Helen Caudren (left) and Jean Abbey

HELPING PATIENTS THE HI-TECH WAY: Helen Caudren (left) and Jean Abbey

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HOSPITAL staff have come up with a hi-tech system to help people who have been told they have a life limiting-illness.

Macmillan occupational therapist Helen Caudren formulated an idea for staff at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to use iPads.

Most patients want to live the final part of their lives in their own home with their family, where they are comfortable and happy.

Helen Caudren, Macmillan occupational therapist

They help describe to people how equipment will look in their homes and how to use them safely.

Helen said: “Most patients want to live the final part of their lives in their own home with their family, where they are comfortable and happy.

“We assess what they may need for them to be able to remain at home and live a normal and independent life, for as long as they are able to.

“To do this we usually have to prescribe equipment and adaptations such as wheelchairs, ramps, or adapted cutlery to help that patient.

“Often when the equipment was received, the patient feedback often was that the piece of equipment to be too big, ‘disabled looking’ or disruptive to family life.”

Helen and specialist therapy technician Jean Abbey use the iPad to help clear up misunderstandings and put patients at ease.

Helen said: “It has meant patients can make an informed choice about how it will look in their home, how it will operate and how it will improve their independence.”