HLS Healthcare recently underwent an independent assessment of the flagship Guldmann Ceiling Hoist range, and how the product aligns with the current Australian Aged Care Quality Standards. The results can be viewed here, but in summary a correlation between 6 of the 8 standards have been identified. An amazing result.
I speak regularly with Victorian Aged Care organisations who have implemented Guldmann Ceiling Hoist systems. Among the multiple areas the system has been aligned with the aged care quality standards, there are 3 companies usually consider the most valuable:
- Quality Standard 1: (3A) Consumer Dignity and Choice
The Guldmann Ceiling Hoist helps give back dignity to an immobile resident who requires the lifting system for their daily care. With the equipment in place, less staff are required to performed a lot of the notoriously difficult manual handling tasks. This has obvious cost saving benefits for the organisation, but can also help in ways that aide the resident in not feeling they are a burden on care staff.
- Quality Standard 3: (3G) Minimisation of infection-related risks through implementing transmission based precautions
Most customers who have pursued fixed ceiling hoists in the past did so as a way of creating more time to care for the care staff. This is valid given the equipment is permanently stored in the bedroom (no need to find portable equipment) and is constantly charging (no dealing with flat batteries). However, an additional benefit of fixed ceiling hoist is improving infection control – with ceiling hoists there is no need to share equipment between residents.
- Quality Standard 8: (3D) Organisational Governance – effective risk management systems and practices
For care staff, the Guldmann Ceiling Hoist system reduces physical stress associated with manual handling tasks. The interventions put in place by Safe Manual Handling Coordinators are typically more successful when staff have access to Ceiling Hoists rather than other portable lifting equipment. Furthermore, residents are at less risk of shearing related injuries, and have more opportunity to be active and participate in lifestyle games given their need to be transferred is so much easier.
There is a reason why using the Guldmann Ceiling Hoist Systems in a facility supports an organisations auditing and accreditation responses. The Royal Commission into Aged Care has taught us the right equipment helps provide efficient and quality care for residents and staff alike and will be an integral part of the industry going forward.
Blog written by Luke Gartner
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