Video challenge an opportunity for Country Terrace to focus on key strength

Country Terrace

Staff ‘excited’ about making falls prevention video

For managers and staff members at Country Terrace, the OMNI Video Challenge is an opportunity to showcase one of the Komoka long-term care home’s key strengths: falls prevention.

Country Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Christie Patterson, who is the creative lead on the project, says her team is planning to recruit residents, their families and staff members for the video.

Patterson notes that staff members from all departments will be engaged in the project, which will focus largely on personal safety devices.

Patterson says the team hopes to add a humorous element to the video, and the challenge will be addressing a serious subject with a note of levity. While the Country Terrace team has some ideas of how to present the video, Patterson says the team doesn’t want to give away too much information yet.

Falls prevention is an area of quality improvement where the home has shined. During an audit in January 2014, numbers showed that Country Terrace reduced falls from 412 in 2012 to 286 in 2013, an improvement of 30 per cent.

The home’s physiotherapy and exercise programs, coupled with toileting regimens, family education and installation of proper lighting, were hailed as contributing factors to the success.

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.

Each of OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes is creating a video focused on educating people in areas of quality improvement. 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. The videos will be filmed in April and May and screened at OMNI’s managers’ forum in Kingston May 26-28.

After the managers’ forum, the videos will be uploaded onto OMNI’s Surge Learning educational management tool.

This is not Country Terrace’s first venture into combining creativity with education. Last year the home worked with residents to produce a slideshow demonstrating the residents’ bill of rights.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge and we’re excited about it,” Patterson says. “We’re also curious to see how the other homes will take on the challenge.”

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