New RN hours will help enhance quality of life for Burnbrae Gardens’ residents

Burnbrae Gardens

RAI co-ordinator says additional hours will assist home with falls prevention program, reducing anti-psychotic medication and other quality indicators

Burnbrae Gardens’ RAI co-ordinator says the newly acquired 75 biweekly hours the Campbellford long-term care home has received from the ministry to put towards additional time for a registered nurse will help enhance the quality of life for its 43 residents.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is awarding every Ontario long-term care home an additional full-time equivalent RN.

Becky Brownson says these additional RN hours have the potential to make a large impact on Burnbrae Gardens, the smallest of OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes.

“(Burnbrae Gardens is) a smaller home with a smaller management team, a smaller nursing team (and) a smaller budget, so these extra hours and support for all staff (is important),” Becky says.

Burnbrae Gardens was awarded the additional hours effective July 30. The additional hours have been provided to RN Karey Rutledge.

There are several benefits Becky says she expects to see the additional RN hours provide. These include enhanced attention to the home’s falls prevention program, a reduction in anti-psychotic medication administration and additional monitoring of low-weight residents.

“This is going to provide positive support to staff and residents, and promote safety and support and consistency,” she says. “This is going to have a very positive impact.”

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