“That was the starting point,” says Daniel Huang, regional director for incontinence care at SCA in Shanghai. “We offered education to hospital nurses who were dealing with elderly people to help them improve the lives of their patients.”
Very positive response
Some 6,500 nurses from more than 1,000 hospitals in 12 Chinese cities have benefited from the education scheme since the project started in 2009. The responses have been very positive.
After educating nurses for three years, SCA decided in 2012 to broaden the scope of the training program in China.
“This year we are aiming to educate around 1,000 professional caregivers in 55 hospitals in three Chinese cities—Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai,” Huang says.
Caregivers at hospitals work as assistants to the nurses. It is often the caregivers who do the hands-on work, such as changing the patient’s clothes and diapers and helping them with washing and other hygiene matters.
Increase the skills and knowledge
“The concept is the same as for the nurses program,” Huang says. “We want to increase the caregivers’ skills and knowledge about the patients’ personal hygiene, such as preventive treatment and available solutions.”