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Top Ten Equipment Requirements for a Nursing Home

Nursing homes often require more specialist equipment compared to a normal household. The residents of a nursing home will usually have increased mobility issues and health complications, requiring nursing homes to be stocked with specific equipment in order to ease their discomfort and ensure their physical wellbeing.

The Top Ten Equipment Requirements for a Nursing Home includes:

1. Beds

Nursing homes usually have bariatric beds in place for residents with mobility issues. The beds are low level, so that the patient can gain access to their bed with ease and they are made to suit a range of different sizes and physical abilities. Bariatric beds also have bed rising features so that staff can care for patients without risking back injury to themselves.

Bariatric  beds also allow residents to adjust the bed themselves, whether they want to be sitting up right or if they need assistance with getting out of bed, an electric bariatric bed can help them. Nursing home beds should also have bed rails installed alongside the bed, so that residents can support their own balance and weight.

2. Mattresses

Nursing homes need specialist mattresses that prevent pressure sores, increase resident comfort and provide extra support. Due to some residents’ limited ability, the increase in the pressure sores occurring is far greater for them. Most nursing mattresses are made of high quality foam material that prevents sores and increases the air flow, the RMax mattress is excellent for residents who are considered medium risk for developing pressure sores.

Nursing home mattresses also reduce pressure on the residents body. The soft yet firm material moulds around the body for maximum support, reduces surface tension and optimises pressure redistribution. Mattresses in nursing homes also tend to be vapour permeable and have waterproof and anti-fungal covers.

3. Showering equipment

Nursing homes should be equipped with suitable showering equipment that supports residents physically and ensures that they have dignity when showering and maintaining their personal hygiene.

Some of the pieces of showering equipment include:

  • Shower chairs
  • Toilet – shower chairs
  • Bathing systems

Some of these pieces of equipment are electronically powered, and offer tilting mechanisms to support the residents and carers. This risk of back injury is also reduced for carers as many of these pieces of equipment reduce the transfer processes, e.g.) toilet – shower chairs.

Nursing homes do not have to remodel residents’ rooms based on their disabilities or injuries, as much of this showering equipment fits into most existing showers or bath tubs. Investing in these pieces of equipment will reduce costs and increase efficiency for nursing homes, whilst allowing residents to keep their dignity and sense of independence. 

4. Slings

Slings are used in nursing homes to help residents with transportation and lifting needs. Nursing homes should be stocked with a variety of slings in order to accommodate residents of all sizes and individual needs. Slings need to be made of strong, durable material to support residents. They should also distribute the patient’s weight evenly, reduce skin irritation and provide a comfortable lifting experience. Slings help carers properly care for residents and ensure safety when doing so.

5. Mobile and Gantry Hoists

A nursing home should have mobile and gantry hoists in place in order to support the lifting and transportation of residents. They are free standing pieces of equipment that operate the safe handling of residents, with safe locking systems, emergency stop buttons and user friendly features.

Mobile and gantry hoists provide various height positions for carer access and they can be adopted for all kinds of transfers within a nursing home. Nursing home staff need mobile and gantry hoists to provide residents with a safe, and immediate or temporary lifting solution. 

6. Stand aids

Stand aids are helpful pieces of equipment that assist residents when they are trying to stand up. They can be used for a variety of purposes, but most importantly, they provide that extra helping hand for residents with mobility issues.

Nursing homes should have various standing aids in place to assist residents in their daily life. Some standing aids offer power rising mechanical assistance where others are just manual tools offering support and grip. Standing aids can help residents gain some independence in daily life  whilst improving their physical wellbeing.

7. Repositioning support

Nursing homes should use a variety of repositioning support in order to assist residents and their individual needs. Repositioning materials offer dignity and privacy for residents and they help make the caring experience more comfortable.

Some of the repositioning materials that are available include:

Slide sheets

These are manual changing sheets that are either disposable or resident specific. They increase hygiene and help the care perform hygiene practices.

In situ systems

In situ systems help facilitate the turning and moving for residents with mobility issues. The sheets reduce friction and are electronically operated, meaning less manual power is needed for repositioning puposes.

8. Small manual handling aids

Small manual handling aids are very useful for nursing home staff, they assist in performing their caring duties and they help residents feel more comfortable. Some examples of small manual handling aids include:

  • Slide Glove: a piece of equipment that assists carers in performing turning and repositioning duties.
  • Easy Glide Oval: a sliding board which is used for supine transfers from one bed, or stretcher, to another. It’s also also used for positioning residents higher up in the bed.
  • Auto slide: a manual handling aid with straps, making it easier for residents to get in and out of cars.

9. Seating

Nursing homes should provide a range of electric chairs that offer comfort and support for residents. Much of these electrical chairs provide rising and tilting features, allowing residents to get in and out of chairs with reduced assistance. These seats are also usually made of leather for durability and hygiene purposes. They also provide leg alleviating functionality and provide a comfortable seating situation for residents.

10. Silentia screens

Silentia screens are used in nursing homes as many of the residents will have healthcare services provided for on the nursing home residence. Silentia screens offer residents privacy when they are receiving medical screenings or treatments. They are flexible and lightweight pieces of equipment, providing a quick solution for privacy concerns.

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