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How Our Moving And Handling Products Assist With Palliative Care

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Palliative care is an approach to healthcare which aims to prevent and relieve the suffering of those facing life-threatening illnesses, and improve their quality of life. It can be provided to those in all stages of a disease, including those who are undergoing treatment for a disease with may be curable, and those that are facing a terminal diagnosis.

One branch of palliative care is hospice care, which deals with those for whom a cure is no longer possible and who may be nearing the end of their lives. For these patients, and all those undergoing palliative treatment, carers aim to ensure that the patients have as much control and dignity as they can, as well as ensuring comfort and relief from pain where possible.

This is where patient moving and handling equipment from Genie Care can help. With patients receiving palliative or hospice care, it may be the case that it is no longer possible for them to move easily. If a patient is conformed to bed for days or weeks at a time, it is essential that they are moved and turned within the bed, in order to maintain tissue viability and stop them developing uncomfortable pressure ulcers or ‘bed sores’, and improve their overall comfort. However, many patients find being regularly manually turned by a member of hospital or hospice’s staff can feel degrading and demeaning. If one of the aims of palliative and hospice care is to help these patients maintain as much dignity as possible, surely this isn’t the best way?

With a patient turning device such as our innovative Toto, there is another solution. This device disposes of the need for manual turning by a nurse, as it gently turns the patient automatically throughout the day and night. The device can be programmed by a member a staff to turn at regular intervals, varying from every 15 minutes to every two hours. This means that your palliative patient does not have to be turned by a member of staff at all, allowing them to retain some self-respect and dignity, and enjoy a comfortable rest. The real attraction of the Toto, however, is the comfort it provides, as the system turns extremely gently whilst making almost no noise at all, so it causes little disruption to the patient and means that they will not have to be woken up to turn over during the night.

These products are already in use in a number of Primary Care Trusts throughout the UK, but they could help many others in care homes and hospices, providing patients and staff with more freedom and peace of mind. To find out more, please browse our website or call us on 01903 722283.

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