Audits & Risk Assessments

As a consequence of the multidisciplinary background of our senior management team we can provide additional support and expertise while preparing for reregistration, reviewing current policies and providing objective analysis of current work practices in your Nursing Home.

 

We can also assist in assessing the suitability of a new build or renovation through or provide recommendations on the purchase of specialised equipment. Below are just some of the areas that we can support you and your team

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Manual Handling Audits & Assessments

We have an experienced group of Manual Handling instructors who can provide objective audits and recommendations on your current manual handling practices which can be particularly helpful before events such as reregistration. 

Our trainers can also provide up to date recommendations on manual handling equipment based on their clinical knowledge and what they would consider the best options for your facility. Please see below for more information on how we can assists your and your team. 

Nursing Home Audit - Manual Handling Practices


We have found that the best review happens when we spend time on site asking staff how they manage tasks, do they know their responsibilities and do they use the correct controls to carry out manual handling tasks safely. We ensure that everyone knows that the most important result is a safe practice of manual handling tasks, avoiding injury. Outline:

  • To observe the clinical team completing manual handling tasks during morning care, dayroom activities and dining room manual handling tasks.
  • For your non-clinical team (kitchen, laundry, housekeeping, maintenance and admin) we observe work areas, review systems and look at existing policies.
Duration: This will vary depending on the pre-agreed scope, size of home, number of staff etc. It will range from a half to full day. Results/Benefits:
  • We provide a detailed report on our observations
  • We provide personalised recommendations on systems, training and related equipment needs
  • We can source best prices on any recommended specialised equipment
  • Provides additional evidence that you are following best practices and committment that you to ensuring high qulity care.
To find out more about this service please call (01) 213 7915 to speak to one of our senior management team




Complex People Manual Handling Assessments


Our senior patient handling experts provide support for complex people manual handling cases. They have expertise in bariatric profiles in particular for bed handling and repositioning. There is a larger number of complex handling cases being observed by our experts in relation to bariatric and dementia care.

Outline:
One of our senior experts comes and assesses the complex task you have referred.
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
Results/Benefits:

  • Consultant expert support and advice on complex handling tasks
  • Ensures that no residents or member of your team are at risk of injury
To find out more about this service please call (01) 213 7915




Bed, Bedrails and Mattresses prescription


One area that is a source of great expense and importance to Nursing Home owners is the sourcing and prescription of beds and mattresses. Our team have been trained to the highest standard in order to advise you on the correct bed and mattress types appropriate for the diverse and complex nature of long term residents. In relation to beds it is imperative to have the correct types of beds not only for your residents but in order for your staff to be able to perform manual handling as easily and safely as possible. It is important that you have a bed that can operate at the appropriate height for carer intervention and/or residents transfers. This principle carries through with mattresses whereby prescribing the correct mattresses is imperative to those residents with previous pressure area breakdowns. In addition, the type of mattress prescribed for a resident can determine the ease or lack of ease of positioning and repositioning in the bed. ​Outline: We can provide you with expert advice in these areas so that you are buying high quality beds and mattresses appropriate to cater for all individuals regardless of their size, medical conditions or dependency levels. Results/Benefits:

  • Unbiased expert opinion on appropriate beds/mattresses to purchase ensuring no additional costs down the line
  • Alleviate the possibility of any injury or entrapment for residents
  • Reducing the possibility of pressure sores (in conjunction with best practice manual handling)
  • Reduction in patient handling time
  • Reduction in work related injuries for your staff
To find out more about this service please call (01) 213 7915 to speak to one of our senior mangement team.




People Manual Handling equipment


Our manual handling experts are constantly upskilling with new best practice manual handling techniques using the most effective equipment available to ensure that any form of ‘lifting’ is a thing of the past. Outline: We provide reports and recommendations and sourcing on equipment such as:

  • Hoists & Standing Aids
  • Slings
  • Sliding sheets inclusive decisions on bed systems such as: Single sheets, Tubular sheets, In bed sheet systems
  • Handling belts
  • Repositioning aids – Bed and Chair
  • Pressure cushions
Results/Benefits:
  • Unbiased expert opinion on appropriate equipment required
  • Training can be provided to maximise the efficiency in the use of equipment
  • Reduction in staffing levels for manual handling
  • Reduction in work related injuries due to the availability and ease of use of appropriate equipment

To find out more about this service please call (01) 213 7915 to sepak to one of our senior management team.





Buildings - OT Audits & Assessments

It is essential whe planning a new build or extension to have the building assessed by an Occupational therapist to ensure that that it will pass regulations and utilise the space to maximise the functionality of the building for your residents, staff and families. Please see below for more information on the  services we can provide in this area. 

Nursing Home Audit - Manual Handling Practices


We have found that the best review happens when we spend time on site asking staff how they manage tasks, do they know their responsibilities and do they use the correct controls to carry out manual handling tasks safely. We ensure that everyone knows that the most important result is a safe practice of manual handling tasks, avoiding injury. Outline:

  • To observe the clinical team completing manual handling tasks during morning care, dayroom activities and dining room manual handling tasks.
  • For your non-clinical team (kitchen, laundry, housekeeping, maintenance and admin) we observe work areas, review systems and look at existing policies.
Duration: This will vary depending on the pre-agreed scope, size of home, number of staff etc. It will range from a half to full day. Results/Benefits:
  • We provide a detailed report on our observations
  • We provide personalised recommendations on systems, training and related equipment needs
  • We can source best prices on any recommended specialised equipment
  • Provides additional evidence that you are following best practices and committment that you to ensuring high qulity care.
To find out more about this service please call (01) 213 7915 to speak to one of our senior management team




Complex People Manual Handling Assessments


Our senior patient handling experts provide support for complex people manual handling cases. They have expertise in bariatric profiles in particular for bed handling and repositioning. There is a larger number of complex handling cases being observed by our experts in relation to bariatric and dementia care.

Outline:
One of our senior experts comes and assesses the complex task you have referred.
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
Results/Benefits:

  • Consultant expert support and advice on complex handling tasks
  • Ensures that no residents or member of your team are at risk of injury
To find out more about this service please call (01) 213 7915




Bed, Bedrails and Mattresses prescription


One area that is a source of great expense and importance to Nursing Home owners is the sourcing and prescription of beds and mattresses. Our team have been trained to the highest standard in order to advise you on the correct bed and mattress types appropriate for the diverse and complex nature of long term residents. In relation to beds it is imperative to have the correct types of beds not only for your residents but in order for your staff to be able to perform manual handling as easily and safely as possible. It is important that you have a bed that can operate at the appropriate height for carer intervention and/or residents transfers. This principle carries through with mattresses whereby prescribing the correct mattresses is imperative to those residents with previous pressure area breakdowns. In addition, the type of mattress prescribed for a resident can determine the ease or lack of ease of positioning and repositioning in the bed. ​Outline: We can provide you with expert advice in these areas so that you are buying high quality beds and mattresses appropriate to cater for all individuals regardless of their size, medical conditions or dependency levels. Results/Benefits:

  • Unbiased expert opinion on appropriate beds/mattresses to purchase ensuring no additional costs down the line
  • Alleviate the possibility of any injury or entrapment for residents
  • Reducing the possibility of pressure sores (in conjunction with best practice manual handling)
  • Reduction in patient handling time
  • Reduction in work related injuries for your staff
To find out more about this service please call (01) 213 7915 to speak to one of our senior mangement team.




People Manual Handling equipment


Our manual handling experts are constantly upskilling with new best practice manual handling techniques using the most effective equipment available to ensure that any form of ‘lifting’ is a thing of the past. Outline: We provide reports and recommendations and sourcing on equipment such as:

  • Hoists & Standing Aids
  • Slings
  • Sliding sheets inclusive decisions on bed systems such as: Single sheets, Tubular sheets, In bed sheet systems
  • Handling belts
  • Repositioning aids – Bed and Chair
  • Pressure cushions
Results/Benefits:
  • Unbiased expert opinion on appropriate equipment required
  • Training can be provided to maximise the efficiency in the use of equipment
  • Reduction in staffing levels for manual handling
  • Reduction in work related injuries due to the availability and ease of use of appropriate equipment

To find out more about this service please call (01) 213 7915 to sepak to one of our senior management team.





Falls Prevention - Audits & Assessments

Reducing the risk of falls in the older adult population is one of the main areas of research and development that our team have and will continue to enhance on a day to day basis.We are constantly liaising and collaborating with international experts in this area to ensure that our training gives you the most up to date and effective screening, assessments and interventions. Please see below for more information. 

Falls Policy Audit


This involves a review of your current Falls Prevention policy, with the Director of Nursing and/or CNM. We review your falls report to establish if any necessary information is missing. During this process we make recommendations and the decisions made are implemented into an updated policy. This report is then followed up in your post fall protocol, so that team members’ roles are detailed within the policy. Recommendations on new screening methods, reporting systems and policy details are provided in a report. Outline: It involves a meeting to go through your policy focusing on its contents covering the following:

  • Purpose
  • Definitions
  • Responsibilities
  • Assessment protocol
  • Falls protocol
  • Action plan protocol
Results/Benefits:
  • Revision of best practice Falls Prevention and Management
  • Improved knowledge on Falls Screening and Risk assessment in long term care
  • Policy review and recommendations




Falls Database Design and Implementation


One of the most important roles in Falls Prevention is the good collection of raw data. The data from your falls report is crucial to helping you to self-evaluate the common causes of falls in your environment. For some people it will mean keeping a Falls Diary to help provide information to your medical support team. For clinical staff, it will mean a more comprehensive form (standard) that must be completed when a fall occurs. We can help you to design a database that collects the information off your report and enables you to audit and create visual graphs to illustrate the prevalence of falls periodically.​ Outline: We come to visit you and review your current falls report database and auditing system. A bespoke database is designed and a member of your team is trained in using the system. Results/Benefits:

  • A computer system designed to assist you in assessing your common cause of falls
  • Review of current best practice data collection
  • Education to support your team
  • System to manage falls data and action plans
To find out more about this service please call (01) 213 7915 to speak to one of our senior managment team.




Falls report creation and methods of dissemination


If you find it hard to create monthly reports on falls data, we can create monthly reports from your falls database for you. We create them online and send a detailed report back to you, with the selected variables in an easy to follow graph layout. This system quickly highlights variables such as the most common time of day when falls occur, or the most common location where falls occur. We will create whatever variable you wish to illustrate, and this is then used to educate your team in your monthly meetings. Outline:

  • We take away the task of falls report production to give you more time to apply action plans and manage monthly meetings.
  • Reviewing your action plans is key to a successful Falls Prevention System.
  • You need to know whether actions were completed on time, achieved and if they were effective.
  • Your monthly reports will give you information to discuss at your multidisciplinary (MDT) meetings.
Duration: Monthly reports sent to you using the falls data that is provided. Results/Benefits:
  • Provided with reports ready to review at monthly meetings
  • Visual graphs to help educate the team on common risk factors
  • Empower the team to understand their role in Falls Prevention
  • Action plan reviews to help measure success of interventions prescribed
  • Individual Falls Risk Assessment
to finf out more about this service please call (01) 213 7915 to speak to one of our senior management team




Individual Falls Risk Assessments


We support clients, nurses, home carers and families with assessments to help identify risk factors that increase a person’s risk of falls. Our therapists organise an appointment which involves a comprehensive review of the client, including a falls history, physical functional ability, medications and possible psychological risk factors (Fear of Falling). With knowledge that falls are one of the leading causes of injury to an older adult and subsequent reduced quality of life, we aim to provide best practice interventions to reduce the risk of falls. Post assessment an accurate, informative and educational handover to allied healthcare professionals and carers is essential to maximise the effectiveness of the action plans indicated. Outline:

  • This assessment can take up to 2 hours.
  • The individual determines the length of time required to carry out a comprehensive, multifactorial assessment.
Duration: Starts at 1 hour and max 3 hours. Results/Benefits:
  • Multifactorial assessment following best practice guidelines (NICE)
  • Comprehensive report and handover compiled outlining appropriate interventions and actions plans identified
  • Specific falls prevention education given to staff/carer
  • Maximising the likelihood of a reduction in falls
To find out more about this service please call (01) 213 7915 to speak to one of our senior mangement team





To find out more about any of the services above call (01) 213 7915 to speak to one of our senior team