West Lake Terrace putting lifts and transfers to music

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Staff members laying groundwork for OMNI Video Challenge

West Lake Terrace has been tasked with creating a video about safe resident lifts and transfers for the OMNI Video Challenge, and managers have been busy laying the foundation for a series of songs demonstrating the quality improvement measure.

Karen Keeler, the Prince Edward County long-term care home’s RAI co-ordinator, is her team’s creative director for the project. As part of the video challenge, each of OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes is focusing on a quality indicator and demonstrating its importance through a three-to-five-minute skit, podcast or a song.

The completed videos will be shown at OMNI’s managers’ forum in Kingston May 26-28.

The phrase “lifts and transfers” refers to the process of helping a resident with mobility challenges move from one place to another with an assistive device. Examples of when lifts and transfers are used include moving a resident from their bed or into a bath.

Given that the process requires extreme attention to ensure the safety of residents and staff members, it’s an important area of quality improvement.

Keeler says the inspiration to create musical videos came from discussions amongst team members, who have been excited about the project.

“We’ve got some pretty good ideas going on, and we’ve got some ideas for what songs we want to use, so now we’re just trying to bring everything together,” Keeler tells The OMNIway.

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.

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