Excitement in the air as Forest Hill readies for video challenge

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Home to create educational piece on safe feeding techniques

Mealtimes are an important part of life in long-term care homes, so providing a safe environment for residents must always be at the forefront.

With this in mind, Forest Hill is creating an educational piece focused on safe feeding techniques as the Kanata long-term care home’s entry for the OMNI Video Challenge.

“This is an important topic because (safe feeding techniques) ensure the residents’ dining experience is all that it can be – and safety is paramount to them enjoying their meals,” says Sandra Bullock, Forest Hill’s nutritional care manager.

While the video has not been filmed, Bullock says the home is buzzing with excitement, as everyone looks forward to seeing their ideas come alive on screen. Bullock, who is the project’s creative director, commends the enthusiasm the team is showing.

“The whole home is involved (and) the buzz is going around the building,” she says.

Staff members who feed residents who cannot feed themselves are trained in the safest techniques. Some of them include ensuring the person is awake and alert, making sure the food is the correct texture and allowing the person time to chew and swallow.

Bullock says there are two reasons the project is garnering so much excitement. First, there is the importance of the subject matter. Secondly, the team plans to make the video fun, engaging and, of course, educational.

Videos focused on long-term care quality indicators are being created by each of OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes. The completed videos will be shown at OMNI’s managers’ forum in Kingston May 26-28.

Forest Hill’s video will feature a song as well as important feeding techniques. Bullock is now recruiting residents to participate in the project.

Ontario long-term care providers will be mandated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to publicly report on several areas of quality improvement effective April 1. These areas include falls prevention, pain management, food service and restraint reduction, among many others.

Part of the idea behind the OMNI Video Challenge is to have a fun and creative way to help keep quality improvement areas top of mind. After the managers’ forum, the videos will be uploaded onto OMNI’s Surge Learning educational management tool.

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