Mangar partnership with Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG gives a lift to local care homes
A collaboration between Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and Mangar Health has been launched to safeguard the lives of care home residents that fall by promoting best practice in post fall management.
The initiative is designed to empower care home staff to deliver a robust health assessment after a resident fall in order to make informed decisions around moving them from the floor.
In the UK, more than 1,000 residents a day living in care homes will fall and although more than 50 per cent are uninjured, they need help getting up again.
The new initiative will align best practice in post fall management with policies that reduce both hospital admissions and ambulance call outs, says Mangar.
Lisa Elmy from East Suffolk CCG commented: “We are committed to supporting the care homes in our region to provide the best possible care for residents. This initiative provides training in the ISTUMBLE health assessment tool, combined with a Mangar Camel lifting cushion, so providing staff with the skills and equipment they need to move residents safely and with dignity.”
The collaboration comes as new research conducted by HfT found care providers were failing to adopt assistive technologies, with staff being unsure how to correctly use equipment being highlighted as a key factor.
Simon Claridge, Chief Executive Officer of Mangar Health, commented: “We have been delighted to work with Ipswich and East Suffolk on this initiative and witness the enthusiasm of care staff from across 86 homes in the area who have attended our training sessions.
“The UK healthcare sector recognises that avoiding hospital admittance, where it is safe to do so, is critical and similar projects to this one in other parts of the country have already seen care home resident hospital admittance numbers reduce by up to 80 per cent.”
Traditionally, care homes may call for an ambulance to help with lifting a fallen resident but regularly wait four hours or more for support to arrive. As a non-life-threatening event, these calls are not categorised as urgent, however, the longer an elderly resident is on the floor waiting for assistance, the greater the impact on long term health.
According to Mangar, ideally, a resident should be lifted within 10 minutes of a fall in order to reduce the likelihood of an associated condition developing.
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