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!

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





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

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 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 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 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 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 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.





Falls Prevention Training Courses

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.





Risk Assessments, Audits & Reports

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





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

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