Aged care facilities face daily challenges in the routine care of disabled and elderly patients who require assistance with getting up, walking around, and adjusting their position when lying down. To meet these challenges, many newer products have been developed that can be put to use immediately, to reduce the risk of injuries sustained by carers as well as provide a more comfortable day-to-day living experience for patients.
While not all healthcare organisations have exactly similar needs for accessible mobility furniture and accessories, there are a few ‘essential’ products that are perfectly suited for aged care facilities in particular. In this post, we’ll be examining a short list of them.
Essential Product #1: The Vendlet Patient Positioning System
For bedridden patients who need assistance turning themselves, the full line of patient positioning devices from HLS Healthcare can serve multiple purposes. There are positioning cushions, handles, bedding accessories, and complete, integrated systems like the Vendlet V5+, an electronic turning sheet. Easy to clean and even easier to operate, the Vendlet patient positioning line of products has a solution for virtually any bedridden patient positioning challenge.
Simple enough for use with just one caregiver, the Vendlet V5 turning aid can be used to turn a patient into supine, lateral, and prone positions, reposition a patient after they have slipped, or apply slings, and change incontinence products.
As one of the most comfortable and reliable solutions on the market, the Vendlet V5 gives service users a more consistent and calm turning experience, while caregivers can benefit from a simple and effective procedure.
- Moving from one side of the bed to the other
- Repositioning the patient up in the bed
- Mobilising the patient in and out of the bed
- Transferring the patient from one bed to another
Essential Product #2: Guldmann Ceiling Hoists
A ceiling hoist is a professional-grade, movable hoist that uses ceiling tracks to relocate patients with mobility issues. Single-track systems are also available, giving aged care facilities more control over where they can easily move patients without presenting a lifting injury risk to carers. By installing a single-track Guldmann Ceiling hoist that travels from the bed to the bathroom, for example, a patient can be more easily transported within their living area, resulting in more efficient care.
In the days that came before mobility hoists, helping disabled and elderly people to complete their daily routines was a challenging task. For those with mobility issues, something as simple as getting in and out of the bath, bed, or car, would require physical assistance of a dedicated care provider. Not only was this dangerous for all people involved, but the privacy of the affected individual was often compromised.
Which is why at HLS healthcare we have been supplying and installing Guldmann Ceiling Hoists and track systems since 2000, making us one of the most experienced suppliers of ceiling hoist systems in Australia.
Our hoists can be used almost anywhere to improve accessibility, they allow people to be moved quickly and most importantly safely for both the patient and carer, they ensure that care providers don’t have to take on dangerous processes to help the individual they’re assisting move.
Essential Product #3: Elsi Smart Floor Systems
The Elsi Smart Floor System from HLS Healthcare is a fully integrated flooring solution that uses pressure-sensitive panels to detect the location and status of elderly or disabled persons. The system is connected to an alert and notification system that keeps carers informed regarding the exact location and activity logs for all patients, resulting in shorter fall response times more efficient use of carer time and resources.
The Elsi Smart Floor Monitoring System is the only system available on the market that’s proven to help reduce falls, ensure safety in care environments, and support cost-savings for customers. The system provides security and wellbeing according to the challenges and requirements of the user.
The Elsi Smart Floor operating system tracks the position and movement of human bodies relevant to their position on the floor. The installation is simple, and maintenance is easy, making it perfect for any home or care environments. Various notifications and alarms can be activated in the impeccable Elsi Smart Floor Monitoring system user interface.
The installation of the Elsi® Smart Floor is similar to the installation of traditional linoleum carpets, i.e., it is installed in the same way as the traditional top floor carpets are installed. It is easily and quickly laid, and is fully protected by the top floor carpet, giving it a long life time.
Various alarm and notifications can be activated in the unique Elsi® UI (User Interface), using different criteria: nurses, individual residents and special times during 24 hours, and are also relayed to Smart Phones or DECT Phones.
- Fall alarm
- Bed alarm
- Bed alarm with automatic light control
- Toilet alarm
- Toilet alarm with timer
- Entrance/Exit alarm main door
- Entrance/Exit alarm terrace door
- Burglar alarm
Essential Product #4: Stepless Wheelchair Lifting Platforms
When wheelchair-bound patients need to be relocated to a surface that is a different elevation than the surface they are on, this presents a challenge for carers. The stepless wheelchair lifting platforms from HLS Healthcare address this need head on by providing ‘stepless’ operation of wheelchair lifting, providing a safe, reliable method to lift wheelchair-bound patients quickly and effectively.
One of the major benefit we find when people are selecting a wheel chair lifting platform in the space allowance. Our wheel chair lifting platforms are the perfect alternative to wheel chair ramps when space is not abundant.
Ultimately, platform lifts can be one of the most cost-efficient and convenient ways to install an option for people with limited mobility to be able to move between a first, and second floor. Platform lifts are a great way to ensure that wheelchair and members of the community with limited mobility are able to reach their destination with simplicity and dignity.
With Guldmann Stepless Wheelchair Lifting Platforms you can choose from a wide variety of options depending on the circumstances required.
We have the following alternatives to make your life easier:
- Lifts for pushchairs and sack trucks.
- Lifts over level differences of up to 3m.
- Options available to home, business, schools or hospital facilities.
- Can be fitted to both indoor and outdoor facilities.
With the right product selection, correct configuration, customer support and training, the patient mobility products available from HLS Healthcare can truly transform the day-to-day operation of aged care facilities.
If you or your healthcare organisation could benefit from patient mobility furniture and accessories like those listed here, contact HLS Healthcare. When you need hoists, slings, lifts, or other mobility tools to make work and life easier for both patients and carers, call us directly on 1300 931 893, our team of knowledgeable professionals are standing by and waiting to help.