Fit For Life Nursing Home Services

 

Since 2001 Fit For Life have designed and developed our services and training by listening to our customers and ensuring that the support and expertise we provide is immediately applicable in the day to day delivery of care.

We have the capacity to deliver onsite Allied Healthcare Professional (AHP) services such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Group Exercise Therapy and other therapies listed below. We have a vast amount of experience providing weekly contracted hours in any or all of the therapies listed.

Most commonly Fit For Life provide a multidisciplinary service for a nursing home or day care centre on a weekly basis. This usually consists of a mixture of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and exercise therapy (individual and group exercise sessions). We can work together to develop a weekly service that best suits your specific needs! Fit For Life also have experience working in tandem with in house therapists, assisting in setting up or remodelling current services and providing additional specialised training to qualified therapists in older adult care.

In addition to onsite clinical input Fit For Life offer a range of training courses in falls prevention, manual handling, positioning, cognitive screening and training to deliver exercise to older adults which are all listed below.

Other services that we provide related to providing support for senior management and or proprietors in the areas of providing pre inspection audits in the area of falls, manual handling (including equipment) or assistance in complex individual cases.

 

Finally, we can also provide support and expertise in all stages of new build or renovations including OT environmental assessments and sourcing and recommendations for specialised equipment.

Further details of all of these services are listed below but please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information or to book a training course for your team!

Seated Exercise Instructor Course


Learn how to deliver effective and fun seated exercise classes for Older Adults! This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to run varied fitness classes for the older adults you work with!

Key course content:

  • Introduction to Fit For Life and course

  • Benefits of physical activity & exercise guidelines

  • Common medical conditions and guidelines for exercise

  • Exercise classes set up & safety considerations

  • Practical exercise delivery techniques – Warm-up and cold down exercises and stretching; batons, balls, seated endurance exercises, and games/challenges.

Duration: 3-day course. Certified 18 CPD points.

Venue: In-house, at Sandyford Clinic, and locations nationwide.

Cost: €350 per person (discounts for group bookings)

Results/Benefits:

  • You can deliver Fit For Life quality group exercise sessions.

  • Learn from experienced trainers who have expert knowledge on effective exercise delivery.

  • You have continued support from Fit For Life if your team need a refresher or upskill session on exercise delivery.




Seated Strength Training Course


Learn how to run effective and fun seated Strength exercise classes for Older Adults!

This fitness training course was developed for Activity Co-Ordinators, Healthcare Assistants or Home Carers who have completed our ‘Exercise Instructor for the Older Adult Course’. This course enables you to progress your knowledge and skills base to provide seated strength training classes for the older adults you work with!

Key course content:

  • Introduction

  • Skeletal muscle, aging & resistance exercise

  • Session structure: warm up, cool down & stretching

  • Resistance band exercises – assessment, techniques & all to practice teaching same

  • Other strength exercises – other types of equipment e.g. dumbbells

  • Exercise programming

Duration: 1-day course, 9.30am-5pm. Certified 7 CPD points.

Venue: In-house, at Sandyford Clinic, and locations nationwide.

Cost: €125 per person (discounts for group bookings)

Results/Benefits:

  • You can deliver Fit For Life quality strength training classes.

  • You can add more variety and physical challenge for the older adults participating in your exercise classes.

  • You learn from our experienced trainers who have expert knowledge on effective exercise delivery.




People Manual Handling


New to people manual handling? Learn best practice techniques with us!

This training is suitable for healthcare professionals, and carers who work in the home and community who have not undergone training previously.

Course Outline:

  • Course follows HSA & Fetac guidelines

  • Full day course including theory overview, quizzes, demonstration and practice (unsafe handling, best practice techniques, use of hoist and other handling aids), risk assessment, problem solving and case-study discussion.

Duration: 6 hours, Certified 6 CPD points.

Venue: In-house and at Sandyford Clinic.

Cost: € varies depending on location.

No. of Attendees: 8-10

Results/Benefits:

  • Certificate of attendance

  • Personalised courses - Our manual handling instructors will contact you before the course to discuss and assess your specific manual handling goals.

  • In-depth know-how - Fit For Life have been working alongside nurses and care assistants in residential care settings for over 15 years. We understand the challenges they face on a daily basis and that allows us to focus on the issues that are most important to them.

  • Reduction in the risk of injury for the patient/resident and the worker

Testimonial:

"The Manual Handling Training was great because it gives me a lot of knowledge and ideas how to use the proper equipment and to move residents safely."

Healthcare Assistant Carechoice Montenotte.




Refresher Training – People Manual Handling


Renew and refresh your people manual handling skills with Fit For Life!

This course is ideal for those who have previously undergone a full day of manual handling training. There is more time to dedicate to practical applications in your workplace. Our goal is to identify what challenges you have, and how you can change the risk assessment to allow you to continue with the manual handling tasks safely.

Course Outline:

  • Review and update staff on the correct manual handling techniques they should be using.

  • Practice transferring and repositioning residents from different situations using the full range of the equipment available in your home.

Duration: 4 hours, Certified 4 CPD points.

Venue: In-house & Sandyford Clinic

Cost: € varies depending on location. No. of Attendees: 8-10

Results/Benefits:

  • Ensuring you are applying best practice manual handling techniques in all aspects of work

  • Reduction in the risk of injury for the patient/resident and the worker

  • Educating you to know your role in risk assessment and applying it in everyday tasks

Testimonial:

"The Manual Handling Training was great because it gives me a lot of knowledge and ideas how to use the proper equipment and to move residents safely." Healthcare Assistant Carechoice Montenotte.





Training courses: Manual handling & Exercise Instructor Courses

 

We can deliver a variety of training courses in-house with your team at your nursing home or daycare centre. Your team members can also join our courses at our Sandyford Clinic, or at locations nationwide. We run new and refresher people handling and manual handling courses for clinical and non-clinical team members. And, we can discuss your specific in-house needs and tailor the course content to suit. Why not contact Mark on 01-2137915, or email info@fitforlife.ie to chat through your specific training needs!

Seated Exercise Instructor Course


Learn how to deliver effective and fun seated exercise classes for Older Adults! This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to run varied fitness classes for the older adults you work with!

Key course content:

  • Introduction to Fit For Life and course

  • Benefits of physical activity & exercise guidelines

  • Common medical conditions and guidelines for exercise

  • Exercise classes set up & safety considerations

  • Practical exercise delivery techniques – Warm-up and cold down exercises and stretching; batons, balls, seated endurance exercises, and games/challenges.

Duration: 3-day course. Certified 18 CPD points.

Venue: In-house, at Sandyford Clinic, and locations nationwide.

Cost: €350 per person (discounts for group bookings)

Results/Benefits:

  • You can deliver Fit For Life quality group exercise sessions.

  • Learn from experienced trainers who have expert knowledge on effective exercise delivery.

  • You have continued support from Fit For Life if your team need a refresher or upskill session on exercise delivery.




Seated Strength Training Course


Learn how to run effective and fun seated Strength exercise classes for Older Adults!

This fitness training course was developed for Activity Co-Ordinators, Healthcare Assistants or Home Carers who have completed our ‘Exercise Instructor for the Older Adult Course’. This course enables you to progress your knowledge and skills base to provide seated strength training classes for the older adults you work with!

Key course content:

  • Introduction

  • Skeletal muscle, aging & resistance exercise

  • Session structure: warm up, cool down & stretching

  • Resistance band exercises – assessment, techniques & all to practice teaching same

  • Other strength exercises – other types of equipment e.g. dumbbells

  • Exercise programming

Duration: 1-day course, 9.30am-5pm. Certified 7 CPD points.

Venue: In-house, at Sandyford Clinic, and locations nationwide.

Cost: €125 per person (discounts for group bookings)

Results/Benefits:

  • You can deliver Fit For Life quality strength training classes.

  • You can add more variety and physical challenge for the older adults participating in your exercise classes.

  • You learn from our experienced trainers who have expert knowledge on effective exercise delivery.




People Manual Handling


New to people manual handling? Learn best practice techniques with us!

This training is suitable for healthcare professionals, and carers who work in the home and community who have not undergone training previously.

Course Outline:

  • Course follows HSA & Fetac guidelines

  • Full day course including theory overview, quizzes, demonstration and practice (unsafe handling, best practice techniques, use of hoist and other handling aids), risk assessment, problem solving and case-study discussion.

Duration: 6 hours, Certified 6 CPD points.

Venue: In-house and at Sandyford Clinic.

Cost: € varies depending on location.

No. of Attendees: 8-10

Results/Benefits:

  • Certificate of attendance

  • Personalised courses - Our manual handling instructors will contact you before the course to discuss and assess your specific manual handling goals.

  • In-depth know-how - Fit For Life have been working alongside nurses and care assistants in residential care settings for over 15 years. We understand the challenges they face on a daily basis and that allows us to focus on the issues that are most important to them.

  • Reduction in the risk of injury for the patient/resident and the worker

Testimonial:

"The Manual Handling Training was great because it gives me a lot of knowledge and ideas how to use the proper equipment and to move residents safely."

Healthcare Assistant Carechoice Montenotte.




Refresher Training – People Manual Handling


Renew and refresh your people manual handling skills with Fit For Life!

This course is ideal for those who have previously undergone a full day of manual handling training. There is more time to dedicate to practical applications in your workplace. Our goal is to identify what challenges you have, and how you can change the risk assessment to allow you to continue with the manual handling tasks safely.

Course Outline:

  • Review and update staff on the correct manual handling techniques they should be using.

  • Practice transferring and repositioning residents from different situations using the full range of the equipment available in your home.

Duration: 4 hours, Certified 4 CPD points.

Venue: In-house & Sandyford Clinic

Cost: € varies depending on location. No. of Attendees: 8-10

Results/Benefits:

  • Ensuring you are applying best practice manual handling techniques in all aspects of work

  • Reduction in the risk of injury for the patient/resident and the worker

  • Educating you to know your role in risk assessment and applying it in everyday tasks

Testimonial:

"The Manual Handling Training was great because it gives me a lot of knowledge and ideas how to use the proper equipment and to move residents safely." Healthcare Assistant Carechoice Montenotte.





Advanced People Manual Handling Workshops

Falls Prevention – Best Practice Guidelines Workshop


Over the years in Fit For Life we have found that all the members of a nursing home team are an equally vital cog in ensuring that residents live in a happy and safe environment. This is even more evident when it comes to the area of falls and falls prevention as often it is the healthcare assistants and non-clinical staff that can be the ones to highlight the fact that a resident or an area in your home is not safe.

The comprehensive best practice guidelines workshops are designed for clinical and non-clinical team members. Your Falls Prevention and Management Policy would be referenced, along with any in-house interventions, to ensure each team member knows their role.

In the workshop all staff would get training in the prevalence of falls in long term care, and what the main risks of falls are with the older adult.


We have found that with real experience, the attendees gain so much more from the workshop. We have equipment that attendees use and working with peers, they go about set tasks and then discuss their experiences in the group to help everyone take away valuable learning points.

Every team member is given training in their role as defined in your Falls Prevention Policy.

In this training we aim to get the attendees discussing common risk factors they are currently working with in their day to day role and what strategies they are using. We run through common scenarios where falls can occur and suggest best practice actions to help shape future falls prevention planning.

Outline:

  • To know the common risk factors that increase risk of falls
  • To apply best practice interventions
  • Understand the prevalence of falls in long term care
  • Identify that every members of your team have a role in Falls Prevention
  • Practical element to illustrate the age associated risks

Results/Benefits:

  • Increase safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls
  • Increased awareness of all of your team of common risk factors
All members of your team have the confidence and knowledge base to be an active participant in your Falls prevention system




Falls Policy & System Management Workshop


This workshop covers your own working Falls Prevention Policy and with our up to date knowledge on falls prevention in long term care, we work together to review, make recommendations and develop a bespoke falls system for you and your team.

What is key is that your team know their role in falls prevention. Fit For Life have lots of experience in supporting teams and we have been fortunate to gain experience in leading research areas.

The type of screening tool you use is the starting point to risk assessment. We know that multifactorial risk assessment is fundamental to a successful Falls Prevention Policy. The research available now provides us with lots of best practice interventions to Falls Prevention programming.

The information collected post fall is vital to help you identify a cause or risk (modifiable or not) of event. What we want to do is help you to see if your existing system need to be updated, keeping you up to date with what the research is showing us is best practice.

The final stage of an effective Falls Prevention System is correct analysis of the data and the allocation and implementation of appropriate action goals for the appropriate members of your team. This stage is best carried out in MDT meetings and it is imperative that goals are set to achieve the most effective and realistic Falls Prevention System possible.

Outline:

  • Examine your Falls Policy to assess its scope, purpose and content.
  • Review current screening methods and application of best practice evidence
  • Review current reporting systems (database), auditing and staff knowledge systems.
  • Analyse each fall and set appropriate actions.
  • Allocate these actions to the appropriate team member, with a realistic timeframe for completion.

Duration: 8 hours, or 2 x 4hours, Certified 8 CPD points

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

Results/Benefits

  • Increased safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls.
  • Improved reporting of falls and falls risk factors.
  • Improved referral of residents for falls prevention interventions.
  • Clarity for your team about their exact roles and responsibilities in your Falls prevention system.
  • In-depth know-how: Fit For Life have been working alongside nurses and care assistants in residential care settings for over 14 years. We understand the challenges they face on a daily basis which allows us to focus on the issues that are most important to them




Common Falls Risk Factors Workshop


This workshop involves your team experiencing some of the main risks that present with age. We look at single indicated risks specific to older adults. The practical element is hugely valuable in helping your team to understand the challenges the older population face.

Knowing the association between poor vision, foot pain, reduced stability and increased risk of falls, is a part of your Falls Prevention Policy. Giving your team support in knowledge will help with their overall growth as a valued team member.

We have found that with real experience, the attendees gain so much more from the workshop. We have equipment that attendees use, and working with peers, they go about set tasks and then discuss their experiences in the group, to help everyone to take away valuable learning points. They relate the symptoms to real residents they are caring for and gain a greater knowledge on how that person finds tasks.

Outline:

  • Identify the common risk factors associated with falls
  • Understand the symptoms associated with these risks
  • Apply learning to practice with working with older adults and falls prevention

Duration: 3 hours, Certified 3 CPD points

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

Results/Benefits

  • Increase safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls.
  • Support team to increase their knowledge of common risk factors.
  • Early identification of risk assessment needs due to staff awareness.
  • Greater awareness of interventions in place for residents needs





Falls Prevention Training Courses

Falls Prevention – Best Practice Guidelines Workshop


Over the years in Fit For Life we have found that all the members of a nursing home team are an equally vital cog in ensuring that residents live in a happy and safe environment. This is even more evident when it comes to the area of falls and falls prevention as often it is the healthcare assistants and non-clinical staff that can be the ones to highlight the fact that a resident or an area in your home is not safe.

The comprehensive best practice guidelines workshops are designed for clinical and non-clinical team members. Your Falls Prevention and Management Policy would be referenced, along with any in-house interventions, to ensure each team member knows their role.

In the workshop all staff would get training in the prevalence of falls in long term care, and what the main risks of falls are with the older adult.


We have found that with real experience, the attendees gain so much more from the workshop. We have equipment that attendees use and working with peers, they go about set tasks and then discuss their experiences in the group to help everyone take away valuable learning points.

Every team member is given training in their role as defined in your Falls Prevention Policy.

In this training we aim to get the attendees discussing common risk factors they are currently working with in their day to day role and what strategies they are using. We run through common scenarios where falls can occur and suggest best practice actions to help shape future falls prevention planning.

Outline:

  • To know the common risk factors that increase risk of falls
  • To apply best practice interventions
  • Understand the prevalence of falls in long term care
  • Identify that every members of your team have a role in Falls Prevention
  • Practical element to illustrate the age associated risks

Results/Benefits:

  • Increase safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls
  • Increased awareness of all of your team of common risk factors
All members of your team have the confidence and knowledge base to be an active participant in your Falls prevention system




Falls Policy & System Management Workshop


This workshop covers your own working Falls Prevention Policy and with our up to date knowledge on falls prevention in long term care, we work together to review, make recommendations and develop a bespoke falls system for you and your team.

What is key is that your team know their role in falls prevention. Fit For Life have lots of experience in supporting teams and we have been fortunate to gain experience in leading research areas.

The type of screening tool you use is the starting point to risk assessment. We know that multifactorial risk assessment is fundamental to a successful Falls Prevention Policy. The research available now provides us with lots of best practice interventions to Falls Prevention programming.

The information collected post fall is vital to help you identify a cause or risk (modifiable or not) of event. What we want to do is help you to see if your existing system need to be updated, keeping you up to date with what the research is showing us is best practice.

The final stage of an effective Falls Prevention System is correct analysis of the data and the allocation and implementation of appropriate action goals for the appropriate members of your team. This stage is best carried out in MDT meetings and it is imperative that goals are set to achieve the most effective and realistic Falls Prevention System possible.

Outline:

  • Examine your Falls Policy to assess its scope, purpose and content.
  • Review current screening methods and application of best practice evidence
  • Review current reporting systems (database), auditing and staff knowledge systems.
  • Analyse each fall and set appropriate actions.
  • Allocate these actions to the appropriate team member, with a realistic timeframe for completion.

Duration: 8 hours, or 2 x 4hours, Certified 8 CPD points

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

Results/Benefits

  • Increased safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls.
  • Improved reporting of falls and falls risk factors.
  • Improved referral of residents for falls prevention interventions.
  • Clarity for your team about their exact roles and responsibilities in your Falls prevention system.
  • In-depth know-how: Fit For Life have been working alongside nurses and care assistants in residential care settings for over 14 years. We understand the challenges they face on a daily basis which allows us to focus on the issues that are most important to them




Common Falls Risk Factors Workshop


This workshop involves your team experiencing some of the main risks that present with age. We look at single indicated risks specific to older adults. The practical element is hugely valuable in helping your team to understand the challenges the older population face.

Knowing the association between poor vision, foot pain, reduced stability and increased risk of falls, is a part of your Falls Prevention Policy. Giving your team support in knowledge will help with their overall growth as a valued team member.

We have found that with real experience, the attendees gain so much more from the workshop. We have equipment that attendees use, and working with peers, they go about set tasks and then discuss their experiences in the group, to help everyone to take away valuable learning points. They relate the symptoms to real residents they are caring for and gain a greater knowledge on how that person finds tasks.

Outline:

  • Identify the common risk factors associated with falls
  • Understand the symptoms associated with these risks
  • Apply learning to practice with working with older adults and falls prevention

Duration: 3 hours, Certified 3 CPD points

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

Results/Benefits

  • Increase safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls.
  • Support team to increase their knowledge of common risk factors.
  • Early identification of risk assessment needs due to staff awareness.
  • Greater awareness of interventions in place for residents needs





Risk Assessments, Audits & Reports

Falls Prevention – Best Practice Guidelines Workshop


Over the years in Fit For Life we have found that all the members of a nursing home team are an equally vital cog in ensuring that residents live in a happy and safe environment. This is even more evident when it comes to the area of falls and falls prevention as often it is the healthcare assistants and non-clinical staff that can be the ones to highlight the fact that a resident or an area in your home is not safe.

The comprehensive best practice guidelines workshops are designed for clinical and non-clinical team members. Your Falls Prevention and Management Policy would be referenced, along with any in-house interventions, to ensure each team member knows their role.

In the workshop all staff would get training in the prevalence of falls in long term care, and what the main risks of falls are with the older adult.


We have found that with real experience, the attendees gain so much more from the workshop. We have equipment that attendees use and working with peers, they go about set tasks and then discuss their experiences in the group to help everyone take away valuable learning points.

Every team member is given training in their role as defined in your Falls Prevention Policy.

In this training we aim to get the attendees discussing common risk factors they are currently working with in their day to day role and what strategies they are using. We run through common scenarios where falls can occur and suggest best practice actions to help shape future falls prevention planning.

Outline:

  • To know the common risk factors that increase risk of falls
  • To apply best practice interventions
  • Understand the prevalence of falls in long term care
  • Identify that every members of your team have a role in Falls Prevention
  • Practical element to illustrate the age associated risks

Results/Benefits:

  • Increase safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls
  • Increased awareness of all of your team of common risk factors
All members of your team have the confidence and knowledge base to be an active participant in your Falls prevention system




Falls Policy & System Management Workshop


This workshop covers your own working Falls Prevention Policy and with our up to date knowledge on falls prevention in long term care, we work together to review, make recommendations and develop a bespoke falls system for you and your team.

What is key is that your team know their role in falls prevention. Fit For Life have lots of experience in supporting teams and we have been fortunate to gain experience in leading research areas.

The type of screening tool you use is the starting point to risk assessment. We know that multifactorial risk assessment is fundamental to a successful Falls Prevention Policy. The research available now provides us with lots of best practice interventions to Falls Prevention programming.

The information collected post fall is vital to help you identify a cause or risk (modifiable or not) of event. What we want to do is help you to see if your existing system need to be updated, keeping you up to date with what the research is showing us is best practice.

The final stage of an effective Falls Prevention System is correct analysis of the data and the allocation and implementation of appropriate action goals for the appropriate members of your team. This stage is best carried out in MDT meetings and it is imperative that goals are set to achieve the most effective and realistic Falls Prevention System possible.

Outline:

  • Examine your Falls Policy to assess its scope, purpose and content.
  • Review current screening methods and application of best practice evidence
  • Review current reporting systems (database), auditing and staff knowledge systems.
  • Analyse each fall and set appropriate actions.
  • Allocate these actions to the appropriate team member, with a realistic timeframe for completion.

Duration: 8 hours, or 2 x 4hours, Certified 8 CPD points

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

Results/Benefits

  • Increased safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls.
  • Improved reporting of falls and falls risk factors.
  • Improved referral of residents for falls prevention interventions.
  • Clarity for your team about their exact roles and responsibilities in your Falls prevention system.
  • In-depth know-how: Fit For Life have been working alongside nurses and care assistants in residential care settings for over 14 years. We understand the challenges they face on a daily basis which allows us to focus on the issues that are most important to them




Common Falls Risk Factors Workshop


This workshop involves your team experiencing some of the main risks that present with age. We look at single indicated risks specific to older adults. The practical element is hugely valuable in helping your team to understand the challenges the older population face.

Knowing the association between poor vision, foot pain, reduced stability and increased risk of falls, is a part of your Falls Prevention Policy. Giving your team support in knowledge will help with their overall growth as a valued team member.

We have found that with real experience, the attendees gain so much more from the workshop. We have equipment that attendees use, and working with peers, they go about set tasks and then discuss their experiences in the group, to help everyone to take away valuable learning points. They relate the symptoms to real residents they are caring for and gain a greater knowledge on how that person finds tasks.

Outline:

  • Identify the common risk factors associated with falls
  • Understand the symptoms associated with these risks
  • Apply learning to practice with working with older adults and falls prevention

Duration: 3 hours, Certified 3 CPD points

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

Results/Benefits

  • Increase safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls.
  • Support team to increase their knowledge of common risk factors.
  • Early identification of risk assessment needs due to staff awareness.
  • Greater awareness of interventions in place for residents needs





Buildings and Equipment

New Build Environmental OT Assessment and Recommendations


Over the past 14 years we have witnessed the changing face of nursing homes and long-term care facilities with many new homes being built. Almost all other homes have had to extend and or renovate to continue to operate within HIQA standards. We have witnessed successful projects in accommodating and improving the needs of their residents and staff but also some that have been ill advised and requiring expensive post build alterations. Due to this onsite practical experience and the widening base of our expertise we have been providing proprietors of new builds or extensions expert advice at all stages of planning.

This expertise covers an initial comprehensive Occupational Therapy (OT) environmental assessment to ensure that all aspects of the building configure to standard regulations. In addition, multidisciplinary(MDT) based expertise is provided on the design of all the types of rooms (bedrooms, bathrooms) ensuring the correct layout and positioning of assistive devices (handrails) to promote safety and independence.

Particular attention is paid to seating to ensure that there is appropriate variation and suitability for all dependency levels and areas. The selection of the appropriate seating for sitting rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms at this stage can greatly enhance individual’s functional ability, reduce the need for specialised seating and reduce the risk of falls.

Expert advice can also be given to ensure that the new build is a dementia friendly environment including appropriate areas for activities to encourage independence. Set up of treatment rooms and sourcing therapeutic equipment is also a service that we can provide. Further recommendations can be provided upon review of fixtures and fittings and the structure and layout of the kitchen, laundry rooms, treatment rooms and activity rooms. In order to ensure that your new build works as seamlessly as possible for everyone we also recommend that ergonomic assessments of all staff activities are carried out.

New build assessment outline:

  • Comprehensive OT environmental assessment, report and recommendations
  • MDT recommendations on appropriate furniture and fittings
  • Specifications for safe environment for all while promoting independence
  • Ergonomic manual handling assessments for all staff activities

Duration: Depends on the size of the build and the level of input required

Results/Benefits:

  • Avoid costly structural adaptations post build completion and furnishing
  • To ensure appropriate furniture is purchased for long term use and suitability for all resident dependency and body shapes and sizes while maintaining aesthetic look.
  • Avoiding the purchase of expensive specialised chairs for more dependent residents due to poor initial variety in selection of chairs
  • Reduce the risk of falling from environmental factors
  • Ensure that buildings will be in line with best practice regulations
  • Efficient use of the building to promote independence for residents
  • Reduce the rate of staff injury due to correct ergonomics in place for healthcare and nonhealthcare staff
  • Marketing tool to educate potential clients in relation to the best practice efforts to maximise all resident’s independence




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




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





OUR CLIENTS

‘We have found Fit For Life a great service which we have used for many years. Our residents benefit from both weekly class and individual physiotherapy service which they provide. We at Kinvara House would be very happy to recommend Fit For Life’.

Kinvara House Nursing Home, Bray

'Fit for Life makes a tremendous contribution to the physiological and occupation health of our residents. The program provides a comprehensive repertoire of interventions meeting the physical needs of residents with ongoing assessments, exercises programs, individual and group mobilisation activities. All of which is provided by a professional team who continually engage residents with clear goals & motivational programs that build on the strengths and abilities of residents which enhances their well being each day'.

'This course is brilliant, very useful for all activity coordinators or healthcare professionals about how important exercise is for residents and how to engage them in fun exercises’.

Exercise Instructor for the Older Adult

Course attendee.

Bridie McGroary Fletcher

Director of Services

St. Monica’s Nursing Home Ltd., Dublin

+353 (0)1 213 7915

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