13. May , 2020

International Nurses Day

Florence Nightingale © Wikimedia Commens

On 12 May each year the International Day of Care is celebrated. The day commemorates the birthday of the British nurse and pioneer of modern Western nursing, Florence Nightingale (1820-1910).

“Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painter’s or sculptor’s work […]”

Florence Nightingale

Nightingale was convinced that in addition to medical knowledge, an autonomous nursing knowledge must exist. She also stated this in her writings on nursing, which are regarded as standard works in nursing theory. Among other things, she dealt with the effects of the environment on health. At present, the desire for a longer self-determined life at home is becoming ever greater. The majority of care already takes place within the home – this trend will continue to increase in the near future.

Successful home care is based on several aspects, but the selfless dedication of caregivers – whether they are professionals or family members – seems to be a significant success factor. The daily visit of familiar / beloved persons is a highlight of the daily routine for those being cared for. Especially in times of obligatory distance such as the current corona crisis, the continuity of social contacts is endangered – from now on older individuals belong to a vulnerable group of people and should avoid direct contact with the outside world as far as possible. However, this can lead to social isolation, loneliness and an increased risk of illness (both psychological and physical).

In times like these, intelligent AAL (Active Assisted Living) systems like JAMES TeleCare prove to be an innovative solution strategy. With the help of age-appropriate video telephony, online visits by family, friends, nurses and doctors are made possible. Persons cared for are thus able to experience the voices and faces of familiar people, even in corona isolation. Video telephony will become an important social experience by 2020 at the latest, bringing generations closer together in a protected environment.

Today, 12 May 2020 is the international nurses day:For ilogs healthcare this is a special event. In the course of this we thank the self-sacrificing carers for their commitment in these challenging times!

Learn more about JAMES TeleCare: This link takes you to the JAMES Station, the modern tablet for age-optimized video calls.

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