Autumn is arriving, and with it comes the arrival of a new season of industry events! These are welcome opportunities for STANLEY Healthcare to meet with subject-matter experts from across healthcare to learn from their ideas and experiences in improving patient safety.
Despite extensive efforts over the past decade to mitigate the risk of falls, facilities continue to struggle with how to best reduce both the frequency and injuries caused by patient and long-term care resident falls.
This week is “National Patient Safety Awareness Week”, and the ideal time to reflect on the risks to patients and senior living care residents in healthcare facilities across the country.
Whether as a patient, family member, or caregiver, we’ve all heard the bells, beeps and chimes emitted by monitors and other equipment necessary for patient care. As a family member, I have been in awe that nurses can distinguish between a routine sound and a more urgent alert, while maintaining quality care.
Another year is coming to an end and patient falls continue to be a formidable challenge in many healthcare settings, despite considerable efforts from administrators, caregivers, and family advocates. A wide variety of public and private organizations have been tackling the problem, and in many areas progress has been made.
The transition to a long term care home can be difficult for the individual and their family. Even if the move is voluntary, it is still a big change to a new environment with many unfamiliar faces. Family members have an important role to play in ensuring that this life change is successful. This applies to physical safety every bit as much as emotional wellbeing, particularly if the individual is frail and therefore at risk of falling, or might be prone to wandering. For the facility, what this means is that you should be ready to recruit family as part of your safety team.
There’s an excellent article in the January edition of Long-Term Living discussing trends in technology for senior care.