Social Worker – Long Term Care

Our Social Worker is available to assist you and your family with a variety of services. Some of those include assistance with adjustment/transition to Long-term Care, referrals to community and government services, and communication between you, your family and staff.

Menno Hospital – Dan Janzen 604-859-7631 ext. 2275

Menno Home – Kim Wiebe 604-851-2411 ext. 2441

Safety – Resident Safety at Menno Place – Long Term Care

At Menno Place, Resident safety is number one and depends on everyone’s participation and communication.

Our Goals: Safe use of equipment. Safe transfers. Improved reporting systems. Prevention of injuries due to falls. Prevention of medication errors. Management of elopement risks. Prevent/reduce the risk of spread of infections.

Resident safety includes:

  • Report of anything unsafe (i.e. liquids on the floor, broken equipment)
  • Ensure that you wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid group activities if you have a cold or flu
  • Wear hip protectors if you are at risk for falling
  • Wear proper footwear, clothing, eyeglasses and hearing aids and use your walker
  • Ensure your wheelchair or walker is operating correctly; have annual maintenance done
  • If you require any assistance, please inform staff
  • Keep learning about what helps you live safely

Family and Friends Safety included:

  • Be an active member of the health care team by participating in the Care Conference.
  • Inform the nurse of the resident’s medical history.
  • wash your hands, use hand sanitizer
  • observe the safety standard and policies (Flue season or COVID restrictions)
  • Report noted hazards to managment
  • Some residents are elopement risks. Be vigilant when exiting the building
  • Do not visit if you have a cold, flu or COVID.
  • In the event of an Outbreak on the Unit please contact the nurse for visiting guidelines.

Volunteers:

  • Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer
  • Do not visit if you are sick with a cold or flu
  • Report any safety concerns to staff
  • Observe the safety guidelines

Staff

  • Keep the residents preferences in mind
  • know and follow health and safety requirements affecting the job
  • If you are unsure of what to do safely, ask for further training before you begin
  • Ensure safe transfer s of residents
  • Work safely, and encourage your co-workers to do the same
  • Report incidents of near misses in a timely manner
  • Observe infection control protocols
  • Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer
  • Do not come to work if you have an infectious illness
  • Keep yourself informed and updated.

Management

  • Instruct and train workers in safe procedure for all the tasks assigned and check that the work is being done safely
  • Ensure equipment and materials are properly handled, stored and maintained
  • Investigate reported incidents in a timely manner, follow up with improvement plans
  • Correct unsafe acts and conditions. Research best practices and adopt them
  • Enforce health and safety requirements
  • Provide continued education to residents, families, staff and volunteers

Safety – Least Restraint Policy Long Term Care

A restraint is anything that restricts a person’s movement or access to his or her own body. (e.g., bed rails, seatbelts, tilted recliner chair).

We have a practice of least restraint to promote autonomy and your rights for freedom of choice and movement while balancing the need for safety. An example of this could be a seat-belt used while in a wheelchair, or side-rails up while in bed.

Family & Staff Working Together.

You and/or your family members will be invited to discuss safety issues with your health care provider.

Information about past lifestyles and routines will help the care team understand and plan your care.

Providing a safe environment with the greatest amount of freedom is an important goal.

By working together we can minimize the risk of injuries and maximize dignity and independence.

How Does the Care Team Practice Least Restraint?

The care team will help you promote dignity and independence and reduce the chance of injuries by:

  • Assessing the risk of falling
  • Providing a care plan to promote a safe environment to reduce the chance of injuries
  • Discussing the best care to provide safety & comfort


What will be used to reduce injuries?

  • Assistance in toileting
  • Proper positioning for comfort
  • Hip protectors/Lap belts/Table tops
  • Bed in lowest position
  • Hi-Low beds/Fall out mats
  • Nonskid/slip socks