Advanced People Manual Handling Workshops

 
We deliver our manual handling training courses for your team in your nursing home or centre, and at our Sandyford Clinic. To find out more or to book a course please phone 01-2137915 or email Mark on info@fitforlife.ie

 

Hoist Workshop

 

From our experience we have found that a specialised hoist workshop can be very beneficial to help support your team with knowing their role and responsibilities in hoist operation. This workshop is very practical and all attendees experience hoist use and operation. In the standard manual handling training you are not able to give all attendees this experience due to time constraints. We go through the roles of staff with hoist assessment, sling assessment and protocols of use, specific to your home. 


Duration: 2 hours, Certified 2 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house, and with current team members (max 10).

Outline:

  • This is a comprehensive review of hoists, including the operator’s risks and responsibilities when using equipment.

  • All attendees get to experience use and operation of equipment, providing a valuable practical based workshop that will help support care pathways.

  • Your team get a chance to practice the correct technique to positioning loads when using hoists.

  • Environmental risks are discussed.

 

Results/Benefits:

  • Your team get the chance to experience what it’s

  • like to be in a hoist, understand the associated fears of use.

  • Knowledge on surface type factors to consider when using hoists.

  • Importance of planning the task before they start.

  • Your team get to review your equipment and sling selection thoroughly.

  • We provide advice on equipment that may be of benefit to certain resident profiles.

Bed Repositioning Workshop

 

Healthcare workers manage bed care and there are lots of different techniques and methods that suit individuals. We work with the attendees, getting a review of what they are currently using and finding successful. We also show the group new techniques to help educate your team on different methods. The main learning point is that we do not use any lifting techniques due to high risk of injury to the client and to the healthcare worker.

Duration: 2 hours, Certified 2 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house and with current team members (max 10).

 

Outline:

  • This is a comprehensive review of bed handling scenarios that healthcare workers manage.

  • The risks of poor handling and repositioning are covered, including pressure care.

  • Different equipment is shown to educate your team on what is currently available.

 

Results/Benefits:

  • Your team are given a refresher on best practice bed repositioning techniques.

  • Your team will have more knowledge on methods, supporting them in decision making with different handling tasks.

Chair Repositioning Workshop

 

Challenges occur with chair repositioning when a profile doesn’t suit a certain chair type anymore and when the environment makes it hard to reposition. We work with the attendees to establish what scenarios they find difficult. We are aware that resources are set and team members have to work with what is available. However, there are occasions when repositioning a client is not sufficient and specialist seating may be required. We will highlight how to recognise the indicators, when a seating referral may be appropriate and who to refer to.

 

Duration: 2 hours, Certified 2 CPD points

Venue: This workshop can be completed in-house and with current team members (max 10).

 

Outline:

  • This is a comprehensive review of chair repositioning using equipment.

  • The cause of profile changes in chairs is discussed and what indicators you identify to refer for a seating assessment.

 

Results/Benefits:

  • Your team are given skills to reposition safely and avoid injury.

  • Your team know the signs of seating assessment needs.

  • Your team understand the causes of profile changes in seating indicating the need for regular repositioning.

Complex Manual Handling Risk Assessment

 

With our consultant, your team get to discuss the common challenging manual handling tasks they experience. Manual handling relies on equipment that suits the needs of the individual. Our consultant will demonstrate a selection of tasks that the group commonly experience. This can range from getting someone comfortable in the bed without rolling them to insert slide sheets. It can also be applying a hoist sling without requiring a roll technique. Challenging handling is becoming more prevalent in healthcare, and one area that our consultant can cover, is bariatric care. Your team will get a chance to practice and participate in the tasks, supporting their learning.

 

Duration: 3 hours, Certified 3 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house, and with current team members (max 10).

 

Outline:

  • Common challenging handling tasks are demonstrated and practiced by the attendees.

  • The causes of challenging handling are discussed.

 

Results/Benefits:

  • Your team are shown new techniques to support them in risk assessment of challenging manual handling tasks.

  • Your team get to see new equipment to support their knowledge on what is available for moving and handling.

Sitting Posture, Seating & Positioning

 

The difference to someone’s independence can simply be facilitated through correct seating. Recognising the challenges faced with the selection and purchase of seating, we aim to educate team members to understand the effects of correct seating and posture and care. We can also help with identifying the chair profile you have yourself and inform the team on resident suitability.

 

Outline:

  • Define sitting posture and seating and review how posture and seating affects function.

  • Identify the problems/risk factors associated with abnormal posture and seating.

  • Review chair mechanisms, such as ‘tilt and recline’ and ‘adjustable and elevating’ foot rests, to promote optimum sitting posture.

  • The workshop also looks at repositioning and using handling equipment combined with good manual handling.

 

Duration: This will vary from two to four hours depending on the pre-agreed scope.

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with current team members.

 

Results/Benefits:

  • Improved patient sitting posture promoting maximum independence and function for ADL’s.

  • Improved repositioning of residents promoting independence for residents and safety for all.

  • Prevention of posture related complications for residents through improved sitting posture and enhanced reporting and referral for seating interventions.

  • All attendees get to practice techniques, and receive a certificate of attendance.

Pressure Care & Cushions

 

The amount of pain and discomfort that pressure sores cause along with the length of time to treat cannot be understated. Therefore this workshop assists in identifying those clients at risk and the strategies and appropriate equipment to prevent pressure sores and deformities developing. This workshop can be delivered to give a good general knowledge base or an in depth clinical look at specific risk factors and prescription of pressure care equipment.

 

Outline:

  • Identify Pressure care needs in sitting.

  • Analyse pressure care grading.

  • Determine appropriate pressure care assessment.

  • Recognise appropriate cushion for pressure care.

 

Duration: This will vary from two to four hours. Certified 2-4 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house.

 

Results/Benefits:

  • Increased safety awareness in home regarding pressure care and cushions use.

  • Improved knowledge on appropriate cushions for clients.

  • Improved referral of patients for pressure care interventions.

Positioning & Repositioning – Wheelchair Tilt & Recline Mechanism

 

For those individuals who require specialised chairs the importance of positioning and repositioning through the correct use of the tilt and recline mechanisms cannot be overemphasised. We have found that due to the variety of specialised chairs and the sometimes conflicting or lack of appropriate instructions, these chairs are often incorrectly used and the opportunity for the individual to avail of the many benefits are lost. This workshop can be delivered to give a good general knowledge base on the benefits that can be gained by using these chairs correctly and clear instructions on how to operate correctly.

 

Outline:

  • Identify traditional and specialised wheelchairs

  • Analyse the effects of traditional wheelchairs on posture and seating

  • Outline the benefits of specialised wheelchairs

  • Define tilt in space and recline mechanisms

  • How to use these features to achieve effective posture and seating

 

Duration: This will vary from two to four hours. Certified 2-4 CPD points

Venue: The workshop will be completed in-house with current team members.

 

Results/Benefits:

  • Increased awareness of the importance of correct use of specialised wheelchairs

  • Patients receiving the maximum benefits of specialised wheelchairs

  • Reduced pressure areas, contractures, spasticity and oedema of patients

Assisting an older person with respiratory conditions

 

This workshop covers the main causes of respiratory difficulties with older people, and how we can make their management and mobility easier. It will cover methods of assisting a resident to manage their breathlessness e.g. positioning, breathing techniques and exercise intervention encouraging compliance with treatment plans.

 

Outline:

  • Basic review of breathlessness including common conditions

  • Symptoms, aggravating and easing factors.

  • Helpful positioning while in bed

  • Positions of ease to relieve breathlessness

  • Simple and safe breathing exercises

  • General exercises appropriate to assist in improving respiratory conditions

 

Duration: This will vary from two to four hours depending on scope. Certified 2-4 CPD points

Venue: In-house or Fit For Life Training Centre.

 

Results/Benefits:

  • Improved recognition and management of breathlessness in patients.

  • Optimising an individual’s capacity to achieve maximum respiratory function through appropriate positioning

  • Ability to assist individuals in safely performing physiotherapist prescribed breathing exercises or other home exercise programme to improve respiratory condition.

Transfers & mobilising – Long Term Care

 

This workshop covers a practical demonstration of the correct techniques to assist someone in transferring and walking. Levels of dependency are covered as are methods to support the healthcare worker. Independence in transfers is an important part of managing people living in long term care. Transfers are vital for independence in getting in and out of a chair/bed. Mobility is also an important function for independence. This will support walking, bed mobility and independence. The different types of mobility we get in long term care are discussed along with the common causes of poor mobility.

 

Outline:

  • Discuss importance of maintaining and enabling maximum independence/ability for older adults during transfers and mobilising.

  • Understanding the causes of poor mobility.

  • Review techniques and cueing strategies to assist an older adult to mobilise and transfer.

  • Review of common falls risk factors for older adults in long term care.

 

Duration: This will vary from 2-4 hours. Certified 2-4 CPD points

Venue: The workshop will be completed in-house with care team members.

 

Results/Benefits:

  • Promotion of independence in ADL’s of older adults.

  • Improved care staff assistance techniques and cueing strategies promoting safety for all.

  • Full certificates are issued on completion of the training.

Transfers & mobilising – Community

 

Maintaining an individual’s independence is at the core of all of our services, ensuring that those caring for individuals/loved ones have the confidence and techniques to safely maximize an individual’s mobility and independence.

This workshop covers the correct techniques and strategies to assist someone in transferring and mobilising safely while carrying activities of daily living such as getting in and out of a care or climbing a stairs. The correct and safe way to use assistive devices is demonstrated as incorrect use of aids can often be a falls risk factor.

 

Outline:

  • Discuss importance of maintaining and enabling maximum independence/ability for older adults during transfers and mobilising.

  • Understanding of causes of poor mobility

  • Review techniques and cueing strategies to assist an older adult to mobilise and transfer safely

  • Common activities of daily living(ADL’s) are all covered

  • Review of common falls risk factors for older adults in the community

 

Duration: This will vary from 2-4 hours depending on the pre-agreed scope. Certified 2-4 CPD points

Venue: Can be completed on site in an individuals’ home, step down/daycare facility or our training centre

 

Results/Benefits:

  • Promotion of independence in ADL’s of older adults.

  • Improved care staff assistance techniques and cueing strategies promoting safety for all.

  • Full certificates are issued on completion of the training.

Transfers & Mobilising - Alzheimer’s & Related Dementia

 

This workshop can be run separately or in conjunction with the previous workshops relating to the transfer and mobilising of individuals in the community or in long term care facilities. Depending on the length of the workshop and background of those attending, the content can be altered to provide an appropriate level of detail and identify what stage of dementia an individual is at and the appropriate instructions and strategies to use in order to transfer and mobilise someone safely.

Individuals with cognitive impairment are also at a higher risk of falls so there are additional falls risk factors that must be considered.

 

Outline:

  • Discuss importance of maintaining and enabling maximum independence/ability for older adults during transfers and mobilising

  • Understanding the types of Dementia and how that relates to mobilising and transfers

  • Review techniques and cueing strategies to assist an older adult to mobilise and transfer

  • Review of common falls risk factors and additional risk factors for older adults with cognitive impairment

 

Duration: This will vary from 2-4 hours. Certified 2-4 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with care team members.

 

Results/Benefits:

  • Promotion of independence in ADL’s of older adults with Alzheimer's or related dementia

  • Increased awareness and knowledge of appropriate instructions and commands to use with this population

  • Improved knowledge of the falls risk factors to reduce the possibility of a fall occurring

  • Greater confidence to take individuals/loved ones on outdoor trips/excursions

Stroke Positioning & Handling

This workshop is aimed at those working in long term care facilities or someone who is caring for an individual in their own home. We cover the basic effects that can occur post stroke and give general practical examples of optimum positioning of an individual in bed or sitting to best promote their independence. The workshop content can be tailored depending on the experience or expertise of the attendees and/or the level of dependency commonly dealt with.

 

Outline:

  • Basic review of common post-stroke dysfunctions and potential effects of same.

  • Review stroke positioning and handling techniques to promote optimum posture.

 

Duration: This will vary from 2-4 hours. Certified 2-4 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with care team members.

 

Results/Benefits:

  • Promote optimum posture to enable maximum patient independence for ADL’s and promote safety for all.

  • Improved positioning for stroke patients preventing secondary complications/injuries.

Restraints

 

This workshop covers the role of a care provider in person centred care and how it applies to daily practice. This is fundamental in the understanding of the HSE Restraint Free Policy and we go through their relationship in our workshop. Understanding a resident’s behaviour and responding to individual needs should be at the centre of patient care. All residents should be assessed comprehensively in order to establish the trigger or cause of concerning behaviour. Staff will go through their role in assessment, decision making and what procedures they use to carry out these roles.  

 

Outline:

  • To understand person centred care

  • To know the national and company policy, covering laws and restraints

  • To know the types of restraints in long term care and when a restraint is an enabler

  • Procedures in relation to restraints

  • Guideline resources and decision making

 

Duration: This will vary from 2-4 hours. Certified 2-4 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with care team members.

 

Results/Benefits:

  • Your team will have knowledge on person centred care and how to apply this to daily practice in your home

  • To provide a comprehensive assessment tool for the decision process of using a restraint

  • To familiarise health professionals with standards set by HSE and HIQA which all nursing homes should adhere to

Depression in the elderly & exercise intervention

 

Commonly underdiagnosed in the older adult population depression can be a very debilitating disease. As with depression with the younger population, exercise is an essential part of any successful intervention. In this workshop we outline the prevalence and tell tale signs of depression and how to access appropriate support and referral pathways for assistance. We then give motivational strategies and suggestions to support and encourage an individual to incorporate exercise into their treatment plan.

 

Outline:

  • Review incidences and signs and symptoms of depression in the older adult.

  • Review risk factors of depression in older adults.

  • Review referral, intervention and support pathways for older adults suffering from depression.

  • Motivational strategies to initiate exercise interventions

 

Duration: This will vary from 2-4 hrs. Certified 2-4 CPD points

Venue: The workshop will be completed in-house with Healthcare team members.

 

Results/Benefits:

  • Improved knowledge on condition and signs associated with the condition.

  • Improved recognition of the prevalence of depression in older adults.

  • Improved support and referral pathways to optimise client outcomes.

  • Full certificates of attendance provided to all attendees.

Mobilisation & transfers programmes – Walk & Talk

Do you want to give your team a tool to help recognise their role in daily mobility? Then this is the course for you.

The healthcare team are hugely responsible for activities of daily living. Getting some one up and walking them to the sitting room or dining room is done everyday. What we have designed is a programme that gives the healthcare team a tool to use with your clients and to help with motivational goals to encourage daily mobility. It was also developed to show the healthcare team how responsible they are for real life mobility programmes and to recognise their work.

 

Outline:

  • To understand the techniques for safe transfers for client and staff.

  • To apply safe transfers and mobility into a programme.

  • Knowledge of the importance of the positive effects it can have on clients

 

Duration: Varies from 2-4 hrs. Certified 2-4 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house or at our Falls Prevention Clinic

 

Results/Benefits:

  • Your team will be motivated to use a ‘walk and talk’ programme to help with client mobility. It is a tool that helps your team to manage and reward the client with daily mobility programmes.

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