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    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

    Oxford Dipper pool-side hoist Important information

    Part Exchange your Oxford Dipper!

    The post below contains important information about the Oxford Dipper pool hoist, which now has a mandatory lifespan of 7 years imposed on it. We recognise that this is an unexpected and onerous cost for many of our clients, and are offering a part exchange on your old Dipper, when you purchase a new one.

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    Updated service life of the Oxford Dipper pool hoist from Joerns Healthcare:

    This post provides important updated advice concerning to the service life of the Oxford Dipper pool-side lift.

    Please ensure you read and understand the following information and preventative action in a concerted effort to minimise the possible risk of injury to both patients and carers alike.

    As a result of extensive confidence and product endurance testing along with associated market feedback, Joerns Healthcare has revised its Expected Service Life statement for the Oxford Dipper pool-side lift. The revised statement reads as follows:

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    The Oxford Dipper lift is designed and tested for a minimum service life of five (5) years, subject to the use, maintenance and cleaning procedures stated in this manual.

    Due to the hostile environments this product operates in, the maximum service life is set at seven (7) years. Use beyond this period may compromise both client and carer safety.

    In order to ensure your Oxford Dipper remains in a safe and serviceable condition, it is imperative the daily checks, cleaning procedures and six monthly inspections, detailed in this manual are adhered to. This will ensure that any deterioration liable to compromise the safety of users is detected and remedied in good time.

    Use other than in accordance with these instructions may compromise service life. ____________________________________________________________

    Required & Preventative Action:

    Joerns Healthcare advises all authorised Oxford distributors to identify and contact facilities that have historically been supplied an Oxford Dipper pool-side hoist to advise them of the revised service life statement and related manufacturer guidance.

    Joerns Healthcare instructs that at the next scheduled six (6) monthly LOLER inspection, any units identified to be over the seven (7) year threshold should be decommissioned and replaced to ensure the on-going safety of users.

    Onset of issues can occur rapidly in units older than seven (7) years and may not be externally visible. Joerns Healthcare strongly recommends load testing for the Oxford Dipper is carried out at each and every six (6) monthly LOLER inspection due to the hostile environment in which it resides and operates. The humid and corrosive nature of pool-side locations can lead to product deficiencies that may otherwise remain undetected.

    Please be aware that the socket (A, B or C) in which the Dipper mast is located will not require replacement, thus there is no structural installation work necessary during renewal.

    Replacement parts for affected products are as follows:

    • Oxford® Dipper with Ranger Commode & Spreader Bar
    • Oxford® Dipper with Ranger Commode & Transporter

    What do you need to do next:

    Inform relevant staff of this safety-critical update and contact existing facilities to ensure any Oxford Dipper units older than seven (7) years are taken out of serviced and replaced.

    If you need help in sourcing a replacement Oxford Dipper, please get in touch and we will be happy to assist.
    See more information on the Oxford Dipper pool-side hoist here.

    Wall Mounted Rail System for Ceiling Hoists

    The wall mounted rail system is the perfect solution in situations where ceiling fixtures are inappropriate. The rail system provides efficiency, flexibility and sophistication while complimenting any home environment.

    The benefits are endless!

    The track system is designed with all kinds of users in mind, making it an invaluable asset for patients in healthcare facilities or their own home. The wall rails will deliver a safe and comfortable direct transfer between beds, chairs, bathing and toileting facilties and between rooms. The system is used for hoisting, walking, balance training and for patients own personal use.

    “What can a Wall Mounted Rail System offer me?”

    Movement – The rail system gives users flexibility and complete freedom when being hoisted, as it enables full coverage of an entire room2208_10_GH1_WallRails_inst_2015_1600x1066

    Invisibility – One of the most impressive features of the wall mounted rail system is how effortlessly it blends into the background. Its stylish appearance makes the system almost invisible when not in use. Wall mounted rails are perfect for patients who require a rail system without giving a room that ‘medical look’.

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    Easy and Economical – Unlike ceiling hoist systems, the wall mounted rails are installed directly onto your wall. The track is installed onto any kind of wall material and easily removed if required.  The traverse rail automatically compensates for non-aligned (oblique) walls with up to 80mm margin.

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    Creativity – You can personalise your wall mounted track by adding some optional LED lighting for a unique touch. You can also mount decorations, curtains and paintings from the wall rails too!

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    Get a quote for our wall mounted rail system today here.

    More information on our wall mounted rail system can be found here.

    Take a look at the Wall Mounted Rail System in action here.

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