GER-E-TEC: TELEMONITORING PROJECT FOR ELDERLY RESIDENTS IN NURSING HOMES
Zulfiqar Abrar-Ahmad, Kadri Nadir, Doucet Jean1, Hajjam Amir, Talha Samy, Hajjam Mohamed, Hajjam Jawad, Ervé Sylvie5, Gény Bernard, Letourneau Dominique and Andrès Emmanuel
Elderly and very elderly people living in nursing homes are frequently being hospitalized, more often than not in emergency situations, and the number is steadily increasing. To combat this problem, the French government has implemented a policy to increase accommodation by building new nursing homes across most regions of France. Thus, the number of patients admitted to hospital emergency departments from nursing homes continues to grow year after year, particularly for people in nursing homes with little medical attention that have no night care nurses, and that often have very limited medical time (coordinating doctors). Nursing home healthcare staff must be given tools to limit the flow of these poly pathological older patients to Emergency Services – such as assistance in the prevention of decompensation of some geriatric syndromes to create a preventive policy and improve quality of life for the residents. Literature data supports this: transfer to Emergency Units cause increased rates of morbidity and mortality.