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In February 2019, shortly after Lindera and the Korian Group reached a cooperation agreement, Daniela Thimm officially presented the Lindera Mobility Analysis to the residents and employees of Haus Gartenstadt Berlin-Rudow. The nurse at the senior nursing home had already put it to the test a few months earlier and tried out the Mobility Analysis herself together with a colleague. “We carried out a test to see how well the Lindera App did. While I was doing a traditional analysis, my colleague used the Lindera App,” recounts Daniela Thimm. The result was clear: “Lindera was unbeatable. It took me 40 minutes, my colleague was done in 10.”
Analog geriatric assessments have always involved considerable effort, which – not least because of the shortage of nursing staff – was often difficult to deal with. It was pretty similar at Haus Gartenstadt in the past, as Daniela Thimm tells us: “We had to test every joint one by one and then subjectively evaluate how the person concerned moves. It was, of course, extremely complex and time-consuming to do all of this manually and then write it down. We often just didn’t have the time in our everyday work caring for patients.”
Lindera joins Europe’s leading care and nursing service provider
The Lindera Mobility Analysis has been used at Haus Gartenstadt Berlin-Rudow since the beginning of 2019 and started there as a pilot project. Haus Gartenstadt is part of Casa Reha Seniorenpflegeheim GmbH, which in turn belongs to the Korian Group. The Korian Group was founded in 2003 and is a pan-European provider of comprehensive care and support services. With a capacity of over 72,000 nursing places, 25,000 of them in Germany, Korian is the leading care and nursing service provider for the elderly in Europe.
Daniela Thimm’s goal is one that other facilities will soon follow: “I am confident that the pilot project will be implemented to 100% and that the Lindera Mobility Analysis will be firmly integrated into our care plan. So that we can then really say: We made it a success here and can now scale it up to other facilities.“
How artificial intelligence promotes individual care
The introductory event held at Haus Gartenstadt already aroused great interest in Lindera – and while using it, the residents noticed separate changes in the gait pattern. Daniela Thimm says that it is particularly great when the risk of falling decreases compared to the previous result. “That’s a real motivation factor that Lindera brings with it.” In total, Daniela Thimm and her colleagues have already carried out 35 mobility analyzes. At the moment, they do at least five more analyzes every month.
The Lindera Mobility Analysis offers the elderly and nursing staff an intuitive, innovative way to manage their individual gait pattern and risk of falling. All you need to record a 3D image of your gait behavior is the Lindera App and a regular smartphone camera. What’s more: With the technology-based analysis, Lindera recommends precise and individual measures for fall prevention, which can be carried out together with the nursing staff in one-on-one therapies or in group therapies with other senior citizens.
Ready for the future with Lindera
A new procedure was launched in autumn 2019 to test and present the quality of care in the inpatient sector. Institutions are now collecting information on their care results in 6-month intervals. In cooperation with the MDK medical service of the health insurance fund, a total of 10 indicators from 3 different quality areas are surveyed and evaluated. While the facilities are in charge of recording the indicators and the internal quality assurance, the MDK is responsible for external quality assessment. The goal is to make inpatient facilities easier to compare with one another.
Two of these indicators are directly related to the topic of mobility: In addition to maintaining and promoting mobility
Quality field 1: Maintaining and promoting autonomy
severe consequences of falls are also
Quality field 2: Protection against illness-related injuries and stress
recorded. With the Lindera Mobility Analysis, Haus Gartenstadt is ideally equipped for the new procedure to assess and present the quality of care.
Daniela Thimm thinks it’s positive that institutions have to take on more responsibility through the new indicator approach and are now making a greater contribution to quality assurance. “Of course, I’m extremely pleased that the resident-related aspects are being brought to the foreground more and that structural criteria are taking a back seat,” said the Head of Social Care and Occupational Therapy. “It’s very important to me that every resident is seen individually and that there are offers which everyone can utilize if they wish to. The generational interests are shifting and it’s important to keep up with the times and get rid of the ‘Musikantenstadl’ in order to allow and promote new and more modern things.”
Daniela Thimm is the Head of Social Care and Occupational Therapy at Haus Gartenstadt Berlin-Rudow. After completing her education as a social worker and physiotherapist, as well as a subsequent bachelor’s degree in nursing management, she started her job at Haus Gartenstadt in Berlin in 2017. Daniela Thimm has been working in her current position as the Head of Social Care and Occupational Therapy since October 2018.
— Short Biography Daniela Thimm
About the facility
Haus Gartenstadt Berlin-Rudow is a senior nursing home for the elderly in the Neukölln district of Berlin, currently caring for 182 residents. 139 single and 28 double rooms, as well as various common rooms, are available to senior citizens of all care levels. 12 care assistants, 2 occupational therapists, and the Head of Care, Daniela Thimm, look after people in need of care on a total of 6 floors. Haus Gartenstadt is part of Casa Reha Seniorenpflegeheim GmbH and Korian Deutschland. 234 care facilities, including 60 retirement homes with assisted living, and 30 outpatient services make up KORIAN Deutschland. Over 22,000 employees work for the company all across Germany.
Haus Gartenstadt Berlin-Rudow figures
- Employees: 15 in social care
- Residential places: 195
- Industry: Care
- Using Lindera since: February 2019