Improved locomotion on the rise at West Lake Terrace

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As a result, more residents are active, and falls and agitation have decreased

Physiotherapy programs and providing residents with assistive mobility devices are attributed to increased locomotion among residents at West Lake Terrace.

With increased locomotion, residents are also experiencing fewer falls and less agitation, says administrator and clinical care co-ordinator Neil Peterson.

According to the latest data from OMNI Health Care’s quality indicator chart, 21.05 per cent of the Prince Edward County long-term care home’s residents have experienced improved locomotion, the highest number among the organization’s 18 long-term care homes.

The provincial benchmark for improved locomotion is 13.2 per cent.

Locomotion refers to a person’s ability to get from one place to another independently by walking or using an assistive device such as a wheelchair or walker.

Peterson says many residents have moved into West Lake Terrace ambulatory, but their participation in activities and quality of life improved once they began using assistive devices.

“The reason they have more mobility in the wheelchair is because they don’t have any fear of falling, so their activity level increased even though they went to a wheelchair.”

In October 2014, there was a sharp decline in falls. When the home’s management did an assessment on why falls were decreasing, they discovered an increase in residents using assistive devices.

The latest data shows West Lake Terrace has a falls rate of 13.33 per cent, slightly below the provincial benchmark of 13.8 per cent. However, Peterson notes that of those residents who have fallen, only one per cent has sustained injury.

“The falls have been controlled and all of the safety (precautions) are in place to make sure that when (residents) do have a fall, they are not getting hurt,” Peterson says.

Additionally, Peterson says improved locomotion has resulted in a decrease in resident agitation. With more residents active, they are happier and, thus, less resistive to care and have greater satisfaction with their quality of life.

“We all know that mood determines how (people) react to care,” he says.

Of course, none of these successes would be possible without the diligence of West Lake Terrace’s front-line staff.

“They are right on top of doing assessments to determine what the best mobility devices are for residents, or helping them out with physiotherapy,” Peterson says. “It is a multidisciplinary approach to letting the residents’ satisfaction lead us to where they should go.”

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