Top Products for Aged Care Homes
When selecting an aged care facility, the most prominent concern is the care that can be provided for a loved one. There are many potential health risks associated with the movement and transfer of the elderly. They may need physical support that an individual is unable to provide, as well as wanting to receive optimal and dignified treatment.
Nurses and carers’ roles can be physically demanding as well, and they too should look after themselves to fulfil their roles effectively. Both emotional and physical strain will impact the quality of care. It is critical for aged care professionals to choose the right products to optimise care and safety to residents, whilst supporting their nurses and carers.
As we get older, mobility becomes an issue and so is the risk of injury. In 2016 there were 3.7 million Australians aged 65 and over, this number is only going to increase. Workers in the aged care industry are raising concerns of their abilities to handle the growing population effectively and safely. Common products used by many aged care facilities include hoists, standing and transfer equipment and turning aids. These devices assist with the repetitive day-to-day tasks aged care residents and providers encounter.
Physically moving lots of residents may be difficult for carers. Situationally, the complete inability to move someone may present itself depending on the individual. Ceiling hoists can alleviate the physical stress, meaning residents can be safely transferred every time without fail. In addition, freestanding and portable hoist systems are available. These can be beneficial to an age care home by saving needed floor space and providing adaptability to different environments. Ceiling hoists are strengthened by a range of accessories to cater to specific requirements of an individual.
Standing and transfer equipment
These devices are necessary in many aged care facilities. Standing and transfer equipment includes products that assist residents that can bare weight, to those needing full assistance. Getting out of a chair, going to the bathroom and sitting down can all require assistance for individuals with limited mobility. The more frequently these tasks are performed, the higher the chance of injury. Standing and transfer equipment makes this safe and possible. Standing up is important for the musculoskeletal system and circulation, a daily requirement. Standing and transfer equipment can offer leg, knee and back support with electric functions that create a smooth transition.
Residents with severe disabilities are likely to require more specialised equipment. Whether it is to assist in daily hygiene procedures, medical administration, routine checks and general comfort of the resident, turning aides are an often-needed solution. These devices allow patients to be turned around on a bed with full support. This type of equipment is often needed in the transfer process; they eliminate the twisting of a body that can cause injury. Turning aids are innovatively designed to be universally fitted to most beds, allowing patients to be placed in an ethical and dignified position, whilst also providing maximum safety.
Many age care homes are increasing in numbers of residents. The necessity for proper care requires proper equipment. Healthcare equipment manufacturers and distributors are able to assist throughout the process, from planning to installation. If you have any questions regarding equipment in aged care facilities, contact CHS Healthcare today and receive the professional attention your patients need.