YetiCare Oy was involved in the TYÖHYVE (Promoting occupational well-being in the senior care homes) project implemented by Lapland University of Applied Sciences in 2022. Based on the results gained during the project, health technology can positively influence the well-being of residents and employees in care homes. As stated by the survey carried out in the project, three out of four nurses who used the health technology of Finnish YetiCare felt that it also supported their occupational well-being.
Lapland UAS implemented the TYÖHYVE project during the years 2020-2022. The goals were to promote the well-being and productivity of people and work communities operating in the social and healthcare sector and utilize technological solutions to increase occupational well-being, among others. The project investigated the impact of health technology, especially in care homes, where employees were able to try different applications used in everyday life. Finnish YetiCare and its large-sized, Android-based YetiTablet, equipped with an easy-to-use user interface and versatile applications, were chosen as a technology solution.
The health technology was utilised to physical activation and mental stimulation, both individually and in groups
The YetiTablet touch screen equipped with the YetiCare service package travelled during the project to seven different care homes in the Lapland region. After the test period, the nurses of the participating units talked about their experiences. A total of 27 care workers answered the survey.
“The use of YetiCare’s health technology was felt to improve the participation of older people, as residents who had not previously participated in joint activities were also attracted to the devices,” says lecturer Sari Arolaakso from Lapland UAS, delighted with the experiences gained from the TÖHYVE project.
“In the care homes, our YetiTablet touch screen was in active use and was utilised for organising versatile individual and group activities. The YetiTablet was used, for example, for stimulating the senses, on memory trips, solving sudoku puzzles together, and enjoying music and drawing. In addition to that, YetiTablet was also suitable for physical activation, such as playing together and exercising,” says CEO Maria Jokelainen about the role of the YetiCare in the project.
Statements from users also tell about the versatile benefits obtained with the help of well-being technology.
“Many customers liked YetiTablet so much that they were waiting to play with it again. It’s an excellent choice for organising recreational activities for seniors.”
“I have always believed that, for example, computer games are useful for both young and old. Young people learn a lot, and the older adults get to activate their brains. With older people, I have called going to the YetiTablet for a brain workout. It also allows old and those in bad shape to work effortlessly with their hands.”
“I have enjoyed seeing how seniors and older people have enjoyed playing together around YetiTablet.”Care professional
YetiCare health technology supports the well-being
of both care workers and residents
Three out of four nurses who answered the survey felt that using YetiCare health technology supports their well-being at work, and more than 80% felt that YetiCare supports the well-being of residents. According to the respondents, the most essential things promoting well-being at work were the support of their own work and the experience of an increase in the well-being of the residents.
“Care workers considered YetiCare to speed up and diversify the activity planning and provide a versatile tool to support the well-being of residents. Also, the residents’ activeness, cheerfulness and moments of success positively impacted the care workers’ well-being. According to the project, it looks like the well-being of the care home residents and employees is closely connected,” Sari Arolaakso sums up the results gained from the TYÖHYVE project.
“The project has already yielded a sequel to the Gerontological Rehabilitation and Gerontechnology study module of Lapland UAS, for instance. During the autumn, the students also got to try how the smaller YetiTablet can help activate and rehabilitate seniors in their homes. This was a new opening and a continuation of the cooperation realised during the TYÖHYVE project. In addition, we are already planning a new project, which will explore more possibilities of technological solutions in activating older people”, Arolaakso reveals.
Maria Jokelainen is also satisfied with the results of the project. “Over the years, we have often heard feedback about the positive impact of our health technology on occupational well-being. Participating in the project and the results obtained from the research gave us concrete proof that this is indeed the case.”
“ We have also received valuable information from the research of the TYÖHYVE project, which we can use for the further development of our own service and for strengthening the characteristics that especially affect well-being at work,” Jokelainen continues.
“Care workers considered YetiCare to speed up and diversify the activity planning and provide a versatile tool to support the well-being of residents. Also, the residents’ activeness, cheerfulness and moments of success positively impacted the care workers’ well-being. According to the project, it looks like the well-being of the care home residents and employees is closely connected.”Sari Arolaakso
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