Health care facilities – especially hospice and elder care providers – typically try to manage the laundering and tracking of residents clothing using stitch-on labels and permanent markers.
However, both techniques are not durable enough and won’t sustain regular washing, according to Aged Care INsite. Not to mention, they can also be seen as undignified or degrading for older people, said William Grant, from telehealthcare solutions provider Tunstall.
UK-based Tunstall has developed a solution that leverages RFID technology to identify and keep track of residents clothing. The tags are smaller than a dime and can be programmed to hold up to 200 characters of information.
The Tunstall RFID tags are durable and discreet buttons that are attached to items of clothing, inserted and removed without causing any damage to the garment. A handheld scanner reads the tags, which can store not only residents’ name and room numbers, but also health information such as skin condition of sensitivity to certain laundry detergents.
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