Tips to help the elderly stay safe in the summer heat

heat stroke elderly

We are in summer, when weather is warmer and we all enjoy of the sunny days, but sometimes the heat can be dangerous for people vulnerable to overheating. Heat strokes can be serious for some people if the proper precautions are not taken.

People who are over 75, people who have pre-existing condition, people with mobility issues and people on medication they are all vulnerable groups.

Here are some tips that aging adults can use to keep safe in summer:

  • Remember to drink water often
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day
  • Avoid alcohol and huge meals
  • Try to keep your house as cool as possible
  • Put on sunscreen and wear hats when you head out
  • Wear the right stuff like loose baggy clothes
  • Have a plan of action for getting help.

If you feel like you have been out in the sun too long, or you are just very hot and you feel dizzy, confused or shortness of breath, then get help. In these cases, it is important to know who to call to prevent medical problems from getting worse. Prepare a list of emergency phone numbers can be called to help quickly and if you fell sick and you are a telecare user, press the button on your device and ask for help.

For further information:

https://www.who.int/globalchange/publications/heatwaves-health-guidance/en/

Neat obtains the GDPR compliance certificate

After the compliance audit of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and of the new Spanish Organic Law on Data Protection and Guarantees of Digital Rights, LOPD-GDD (by its acronym in Spanish), carried out last April, Neat Group has received the corresponding compliance certificate.

To obtain this certificate has been a complicated job in which all workers from Neat have been involved. However, it has been a worthy experience because this is a very relevant certificate since currently there are few companies that have this certificate as it is voluntary and only one year ago the GDPR entered into force after the adaptation period, and only 4 months have passed since the Spanish law LOPD-GDD came into force.

European General Data Protection Regulation
Juan Ignacio Pérez Cabanillas, Quality & Innovation Manager at Neat Group

NEAT Sweden has renewed its ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certificate

Certificado ISONeat Sweden has renewed its ISO 9001:2015 (quality management system, QMS) and its  ISO 14001:2015 (environmental management system, EMS) certificate. A new auditor that reviewed all documents and processes from scratch has done the certification process.

The auditor reported that Neat Sweden has developed a “well-functioning system which is well adapted to our business. The management is highly engaged and the personnel can easily find all information they need. The documentation is limited but sufficient. A good collaboration between departments give possibility to fast responses to customers and increased competence of the personnel. This collaboration in combination with high experience and customer focus in all organization seems to be one of the company’s strengths with high level of know-how and flexibility”.

Renew the ISO certifications has been a complicated job in which all workers from Neat Sweden have been involved.

ISO 9001 is a Quality Management System (QMS), which gives organizations a systematic approach for meeting customer objectives.

ISO 14001 is an Environmental Management System (EMS), which gives organizations a systematic approach for measuring and improving their environmental impact.

“I would like to congratulate and send thanks to all personnel in the company and especially to the people who have been working with the system, to this nice feedback of our work”  Ulrik Lundberg, Business Unit Manager RDI, M.Sc., said.

10 ways to look after your mental health

450 million people around the world suffer some kind of mental illness. Older people, dependents and carers are among the risk groups. Between 10% and 15% of people over 65 are affected by depression and anxiety. Loneliness makes this situation worse.

To raise awareness of mental health problems, October 10th was established as International Mental Health Day.

At Neat Group, we have developed a simple infographic, based on the recommendations of the Mental Health Foundation, to remember some simple tips to look after your mental health in later life

World Mental Health

The global action plan on physical activity by World Health Organization

Plan AcciónThe World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the new “WHO Global action plan on physical activity and health 2018-2030: More active people for a healthier world.”

Science has proven that regular physical activity is key to preventing and treating noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast and colon cancer. Moreover, it is important to note that NCDs are responsible for 71% of all deaths globally.

In addition, end physical inactivity is not only a health challenge, but also an economic one because the financial costs are huge. According WHO, physical inactivity cost US$54 billion globally in direct health care, of which 57% is incurred by the public sector and an additional US$14 billion is attributable to lost productivity.

For these reasons, the action plan recommends a set of 20 policy areas, which combined, aim to create societies that are more active and can moderate physical inactivity in adults and adolescents by 15% by 2030.

For the development of this plan of action, WHO had the collaboration of not only governments and national public institutions, but also key organizations in sectors such as sports, health, transport, urban design and civil society, besides the indispensable contribution of the academic world.

At Neat Group, we believe that that physical activity is essential for active aging. That is why we have developed technological supports, such as mobile telecare, to enable sports and outdoor physical activities autonomously and safely.

You can download the action plan here.

Older people already have their own graphic symbol

pictomayores65A “Graphic Symbol of Older People” was presented on June 8,  at the headquarters of the State Reference Center for Personal Autonomy and Technical Aid (Ceapat, by its acronym in Spanish) in Madrid, a freely used pictogram for the signage of spaces and uses preferential or suitable for the elderly.

This symbol is the result of the collaboration of Ceapat professionals and the LideA Forum (Senior Leadership, by its acronym in Spanish). In its preparation, the universal design and evaluation criteria recommended by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) were taken into account, for example, being applicable to both genders and conveying a realistic and positive vision of older people who actively participate and contribute to society. Throughout the process, more than 350 people participated, very diverse at a functional, generational and cultural level.

Although this symbol was conceived in Spain, its use and promotion are feasible at an international level.

This pictogram can be downloaded here.

Neat Group gets updated ISO certificates

ISO SueciaWe are proud to announce that Neat Group has renewed ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 27001 certifications according to the new standards updated in 2015.

ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Changes introduced in the 2015 revision are intended to ensure that ISO 9001 continues to adapt to the changing environments in which organizations operate.

Some of the key updates in ISO 9001:2015 include the introduction of new terminology, restructuring some of the information, an emphasis on risk-based thinking to enhance the application of the process approach, improved applicability for services, and increased leadership requirements.

ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS). It provides a framework that an organization can follow, rather than establishing environmental performance requirements.

According to Thea Dunmire, President of ENLAR Compliance Services, as part of the effort to structure all ISO standards in the same way, the revisions introduced in the 2015 version of ISO 14001 include incorporating a required high-level structure, using mandatory definitions, and incorporating common standards requirements and clauses.

Finally, the ISO 27001 standard contributes to fostering information protection activities in organizations, improving their image and generating trust for third parties. Further, this certification promotes the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information in order to ensure fundamental aspects in the management of it like only authorized persons can access the information; the methods of processing information are accurate and complete and authorizes users to have access to it at any time.

Maintaining the ISO certifications has been a complicated job in which all workers from Neat have been involved and led by our quality department, but we believe that it is necessary to maintain these standards in order to offer the best service to our customers.

Neat Group participates in the conference ‘Connecting the unconnected’ organized by ISECO

Our partner and distributor ISECO Systems organized a product presentation in Madrid, in collaboration with Tesa Assa Abloy and Neat Group.

Under the title “Connecting the unconnected”, different wireless solutions that improve efficiency in residential centers for older people and increase the quality of care for residents were shown.

Our colleague Alberto Pascua, Account Manager of Neat Group, was the first to talk with a lecture on the benefits of technology in the healthcare centers. He also talked about the history of our company and the soundness of our solutions for nursing homes.

Later Rogelio Rodriguez talked about the wireless solutions of Tesa Assa Abloy and Rafael Villegas and Vicente Collado did the same about ISECO Systems.

Theresa May announces expansion of digital health services in United Kingdom

theresa-mayThe goverments in Europe need to accommodate the costs of health services to increasingly tight budgets and to progressive aging of society , and that is just one of the reasons why the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced a project to help patients deal with mental health disorders expanding the digital tools in the healthcare system, which will entail a £67.7 million investment by the government.

“What I am announcing are the first steps in our plan to transform the way we deal with mental illness in this country at every stage of a person’s life: not in our hospitals, but in our classrooms, at work and in our communities,” said the Prime Minister.

The place chosen by May to announce this program was the Charity Commission, the non-ministerial government department that regulates registered charities in England and Wales, during an event dedicated to mental illness.

May explained that “online therapy has the potential to transform the way mental health services are delivered by allowing people to check their symptoms, be triaged online and receive clinically-assisted therapy over the internet much more quickly and easily, assuming it is clinically appropriate”.

“These treatments have been tested in other countries and they work. In the right cases, they can offer access to treatment far quicker than traditional services,” May added.

In Neat Group we are convinced that services such as telehealth can be a fantastic tool to save money and to offer high quality medical treatments at the same time, in a country where 1 out of 4 Britons suffers some common mental disorder, which means an annual expenditure of £105 billion ($131,3 billions).