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    Home Adaption for Parkinson’s Patients

    If you are living with Parkinson’s disease or caring for a PD sufferer, you will be well aware that everyday tasks and activities can become challenging. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that mainly affects the motor system. The main three common symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease are:

    • Tremor – shaking in the hand or arm
    • Slowness of movement – physical movements are slower than usual
    • Muscle stiffness – stiffness and tension in the muscles, which can also result in painful muscle cramps

    While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease yet, there are devices and equipment available which make everyday tasks for Parkinson’s patients less stressful. Adapting a patients’ home with specialist patient handling equipment can also help to maintain independence and self-respect.

    Here are some ideas to improve the quality of life for PD sufferers.

    Patient handling equipment ideal for Parkinson’s patients:

    Multicare Modular Rise and Recliner Chair

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    The Modular is a classic and comfortable rise and recline chair. It is available with 5 back designs, 4 motor actions and supportive scrolled arms. This helps Parkinson’s patients to sit and mobilise with confidence. The Modular is available in four standard sizes or completely bespoke, with a vast range of colours and fabrics making it perfect for all users and home environments. The chair can be specified up to 50 stones SWL, and has many options such as massage, heat, or drop arms for easy transfers. The option of fine Scottish leather proves that the correct anatomic support can be combined with cocooning luxury! Call us today for a chair assessment!

    Entrina Air Mattress

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    The Entrina Air Mattress provides maximum pressure relief using I.P.S. (Intelligent Pressure Sensing technology) with five different patient weight settings. The Micro-ventilated cells allow a great air circulation and patient moisture and temperature regulation to relieve tension on pressure points and painful muscle strain. The Entrina mattress is composed of a 2″ foam base 20 individual 5-inch tall air cells so it is suitable for medium to high risk patients and for pressure ulcer treatment up to stage III.

    Multicare Turning Discs

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    The Multicare Turning Discs are designed to make transfers easier and safer for Parkinson’s patients. The Turning Disc is available in either soft or hard material to provide a smooth, controlled transfer in confined spaces. Whether your patient requires support when transferring from their bed, wheelchair, car etc, the Turning Discs will provide a secure transfer for any environment.

    Aquatec Ocean VIP Shower / Commode Chair Range

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    The Ocean shower and commode chair range is stylish, easy to move and simple to clean. Parkinson’s patients use the Ocean shower chair with walk-in showers to provide comfort and ease during personal care. The chair is height adjustable, the armrests lift up and the soft seat is easily removable for cleaning or storing away. The chair comes in two different sizes and is available with Tilt-in-Space and back angle recline, making it suitable for all users. Supplied with a commode bowl, adjustable backrest and aperture seat, The Ocean really is the ultimate shower chair.

    Paris Profiling Bed

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    The Paris is a stylish profiling bed for Parkinson’s patients featuring high low functionality and four section profiling action. It has a welded steel mattress platform for strength and longevity, and high-quality motors for years of problem free use. The Beech design blends into any home or care environment, with a variety of head and footboard designs and concealed castors. The Paris bed really does have that ‘non-medical’ look.

    For more information on Parkinson’s disease, please visit the National Parkinsons Foundation website: www.parkinsons.org
    Can’t see what you’re looking for? We have a warehouse full of patient handling and mobility aids from our old premises. Call us today to find out more.

    *The products shown on this post are a guide for carers or users with Parkinson’s disease. Please seek medical advice from your doctor or occupational therapist.

    Carers Week 2017

    From the 12 – 18th of June, we’ll be joining the thousands of individuals and organisations to celebrate Carers Week 2017.

    Carers Week is an annual campaign which raises awareness of caring. It highlights the challenges carers face and recognises the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

    By coming together and organising events/activities, we are drawing attention to just how important caring is.

    Last year we started a Star Carer Competition in order to celebrate Carers Week. We asked members of the public and healthcare community to nominate a carer who is an inspiration to the carer community.

    So for carers week this year, we’ve decided to bring it back!

    Treat your star carer for Carers Week 2017!

    How can you get involved? It’s simple!

    Do you know a carer who goes above and beyond their normal duties to help others? Do you feel that your carer deserves to be recognised for their constant kindness towards others? Or perhaps you know a carer who is an asset to the healthcare community? Let us know why your carer is a star by filling out the short form below. Your carer will be automatically entered into our competition for a chance to win a luxury prize! The winner will be announced at the end of Carers Week, good luck!

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    For more information on Carers Week, click here.

    Join in the conversation on Twitter! Tweet us using the hashtag #CarersWeek

    A breakdown of LOLER tests

    This post aims to help healthcare providers to gain a basic understanding of LOLER tests and requirements within the healthcare industry.

    LOLER regulations (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Requirements, 1998) aim to ensure that all lifting equipment and lifting accessories in the workplace are used in a safe and appropriate manner.

    The regulations state that all lifting equipment should have suitable strength and stability for its designed use. LOLER also states that the Safe Working Load (SWL) and maintenance dates must be clearly visible on the equipment and any faults are reported immediately.

    LOLER is implemented to prevent the risk of injuries or fatalities which may occur from the use of lifting equipment within the workplace.

    What equipment requires LOLER tests?

    When deciding whether LOLER applies to you, you need to ask yourself two questions. Firstly, is it work equipment and secondly, is it lifting equipment.

    Work equipment:

    Owning a piece of lifting equipment doesn’t automatically mean that it requires LOLER testing. The equipment has to be specified as ‘work equipment’ for LOLER to be applied.

    “The equipment has to be defined as ‘work equipment’, which is defined in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) as ‘any machinery appliance, apparatus, tool or installation for use at work (whether excusively or not)’. (HSIS4)

    Any lifting equipment used by an employee in the workplace, including the healthcare industry, will be covered by LOLER. In the healthcare sector, the main exemptions where LOLER doesn’t apply are:

    • If a member of the public purchases equipment for their own use at home.
    • If equipment has been loaned by an employer or community provider for a member of the public to use only for themselves by family or unpaid carers.

    LOLER will not be applied in these circumstances as they are not defined as ‘work equipment’. However, lifting equipment that has been loaned will still have to comply with the Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 section 3 (to provide safe equipment and maintain it, so far as is reasonably practicable).

    Lifting equipment:

    Lifting equipment is defined as equipment which lifts or lowers loads as a principle function. So any equipment in the healthcare sector that is primarily used to lift a person requires LOLER tests. A lot of equipment in the healthcare industry has the ability to lift a person as well as its normal operational functions i.e. beds, trolleys. This equipment does not require a LOLER test because its sole purpose isn’t lifting or lowering a person. However, if such equipment is used at work, the provisions of PUWER will still apply.

    “Height adjustablility alone does not mean that LOLER applies to the equipment.” (HSIS4)

    A ceiling or mobile hoist, however, is exclusively used to lift a person and support their weight. Therefore this equipment would require LOLER inspections. Here are some examples of lifting equipment which requires testing under LOLER.

    • Mobile hoists
    • Ceiling hoists
    • Standing/raising aids
    • Slings (lifting accessory)
    • Bath hoists/lifts (Known as ‘floor mounted hoists’ which are used to lift and lower a person into their bath)
    • Passenger lifts
    • Stair lifts

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    Who’s responsibility is it to ensure LOLER is enforced in the workplace?

    LOLER regulations impose a duty on owners of lifting equipment, business owners and employers to ensure that all lifting equipment is suitable and stable for its proposed use. This includes regular inspections and maintenance checks under LOLER & PUWER.

    “These Regulations (LOLER) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. This includes all businesses and organisations whose employees use lifting equipment, whether owned by them or not.” (HSIS4)

    What does a LOLER test consist of? 

    A qualified person, who has enough practical and technical knowledge and experience of lifting equipment, is able to conduct a thorough LOLER test and decide the result. The trained examiner will have the ability to determine whether equipment is corroding or deteriorating. When conducting the test, the examiner will check the following:

    • Name/address of the equipment location.
    • The manufacturer, date of manufacture, serial number etc of the lifting equipment.
    • Date of its last inspection and the date of its next inspection.
    • The safe working load (SWL) of the equipment.
    • Identify the date and type of examination the engineer is conducting (LOLER only/Full service) and when the next test is due.
    • Identify and describe any faults with the equipment which have or will become a danger to users.
    • Describe any repairs or alterations that are required to cure any fault which could be a danger to users if left unattended.
    • Visual and functional checks.
    • Name of examiner and business address.
    • The name of the person signing or authenticating the examination.
    • State whether the equipment is safe or unsafe to use.

    A detailed version of LOLER test requirements can be found here.

    How often does my lifting equipment require LOLER testing?

    Before any lifting equipment is used for the first time you will need to guarantee, with physical evidence, that the equipment has had a thorough examination and is safe to use. If you are unable to obtain this information, the equipment should not be used before being tested.

    Periodic examinations are required if the lifting equipment is exposed to conditions which can cause deterioration or result in fatal/serious injury. By LOLER regulations, the following intervals should be observed depending on the equipment and its purpose use.

    Thorough LOLER tests should be conducted at least every 6 months on all lifting equipment and any accessories. It is advised that daily routine checks are carried out before any lifting equipment is used. Any faults or defects should be reported immediately and the equipment shouldn’t be used until a specialist has conducted a thorough inspection.

    Further reading:

    To find out more on LOLER examinations, click here.

    To find out more about LOLER regulations in the workplace, click here.

    Let us help you comply with LOLER and PUWER today. Contact us for more information on our LOLER tests and maintenance inspections. 

    #ResidentStories

    We visit care and residential homes throughout the UK and we have the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful residents with amazing stories to tell from their past.

    So we thought, why don’t we collect these stories and use our website as a platform to showcase them to the community!

    We’re starting a new page on our website called #ResidentStories so we can collect and share your resident’s stories and make them come to life!

    Each month, we will be publishing a story on our website so you can share it with family and friends. As a thank you for sharing their story with us, the winning resident will also receive a special prize!

    Do you know a resident who…

    • Was in the war and had some amazing experiences
    • Met or worked for a celebrity
    • IS a celebrity!
    • Had a funny experience which has everyone laughing
    • Had a sad experience that we can all learn from
    • Invented a unique product or service
    • Witnessed or was a part of a special event
    • Was present at a historical occasion

    We want to share your #ResidentStories

    So this is where you come in. Do you know a resident or do you care for a resident with an interesting story to tell? Then let us know because we want to hear it!

    Simply fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch.

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    Get involved on Twitter! Tweet us your stories using the hashtag #ResidentStories

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