Quality of care report 2012/13

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Falls and Fractures / Residential Aged Care

Total Number of Falls

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Tatura

 

Waranga Aged Care Hostel

 

Waranga Nursing Home

 

Grutzner House

 

Total Number of Fractures Relating to Falls

Tatura
0 Fractures Relating to Falls recorded for Quarter 1,2,4 in 2011/12  
0 Fractures Relating to Falls recorded for Quarter 1,2,3,4 in 2012/13  

 

Waranga Aged Care Hostel
0 Fractures Relating to Falls recorded for Quarter 1,3,4 in 2011/12
0 Fractures Relating to Falls recorded for Quarter 4 in 2012/13  
 

 

Waranga Nursing Home
0 Fractures Relating to Falls recorded for Quarter 1,2,3,4 in 2011/12
0 Fractures Relating to Falls recorded for Quarter 1,2,3,4 in 2012/13  
  

 

Grutzner House
0 Fractures Relating to Falls recorded for Quarter 1,3,4 in 2011/12
0 Fractures Relating to Falls recorded for Quarter 2,3,4 in 2012/13  
  

 

New carpet at Tatura

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It was identified that the carpet needed replacing at Tatura’s Parkvilla Aged Care facility during an environmental audit in 2012, as part of the Improving Care for Older People project.

The existing Flotex carpets were quite aged and staff were experiencing increased push/pull forces when attempting to manoeuvre lifting machines and food trolleys and elderly residents using self-propelled equipment were experiencing similar difficulties.

After consultation with the project coordinator, occupational health and safety manager and other health facilities, it was decided that new Powerbond carpet would be purchased and installed. 

This type of carpet ensures ease of movement of lifters, trolleys and other mobility aids for residents.

It is soil and stain resistant, so is easy to clean and maintain and ensures no moisture would penetrate it.

It has greater insulation qualities, which also ensure reduced noise.

Although a formal evaluation has not yet been completed, staff have already commented on the ease of movement of lifters and trolleys.

Staff have also informally reported that there is less noise and that it has been easy to keep clean.

Red Socks Trial at Waranga

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Residents and patients at the Waranga Nursing Home and Waranga Memorial Hospital are elderly, frail and at high risk of falling, which could cause injury.

During the last year, staff investigated products and equipment that could help reduce falls. Non-slip gripper socks were identified as one product that could quickly and easily assist with this goal. As other health services had found success with similar products, a decision was made to trial the socks.

Red socks were purchased and given to some of the residents and patients to wear.

While the red gripper socks took some getting used to, they were more effective at preventing falls than when wearing shoes or their own normal socks. The socks have also proven cost effective as they can be easily laundered and have good longevity.