Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rainycrest revamps two rooms

Rainycrest residents now have one of the best shower rooms in any long-term care facility.
The east wing shower room—one of three in the home—recently was renovated, significantly upgrading the level of service and care able to be provided.

“We wanted to make it homey. We wanted to make it modern. We wanted to make it unique,” Darryl Galusha, director of seniors’ services and administration at Rainycrest, explained last week.
In addition to a contemporary colour scheme picked out by staff, the radiant heaters near the floor were replaced with heating panels in the ceiling “so that no one gets cold when they’re showering,” Galusha said.
“We took out all the barriers and made it accessible to everyone, so there’s no real hindrances,” he added.
Galusha noted all of the grab bars and other features for shower room users to hold onto are double-studded to the wall to be sturdy as possible.
He also pointed out the floor was built so that no water pools, and the water flows right toward the drain.
Likewise, special non-slip tiles were used on the floor and walls which, when they get wet, actually provide a better grip than when they’re dry.
“So it prevents staff injuries and resident injuries,” said Kayla Caul-Chartier, director of resident care at Rainycrest.
The shower also has been fitted with a new “rain” showerhead. And above the shower is a bright light to make it easy to do skin assessments.
The shower renovations were paid for using LHIN funds for the four convalescent care beds that opened in January, although the shower room is available to any resident (not just patients in convalescent care).
“It’s modern, pretty high-tech,” Galusha remarked. “This is the model we’d like to do in the other two bathrooms once we have the funds.
“It was a bit of a process because we pushed the envelope a little on the design and went away from a traditional long-term care shower,” he conceded.
“It’s pretty amazing what we did on such a small budget.
“We want this to be an extension of people’s homes,” Galusha stressed.
“We’ve had so many successful people out of the convalescent care beds already in such a short time that it shows that it’s working.”
He noted the convalescent care beds have been occupied about 80 percent of the time since January.
“[The convalescent beds] are a true collaboration in the community between the hospital, the CCAC, and the LHINs,” Galusha said.
“It’s a real bonus for Fort Frances.”
Galusha noted the reno work was put out to tender and all aspects of the job were awarded to local contractors, including Kyle Glowasky Contracting, Revco Carpet, Pryde’s Plumbing & Heating, and M.L. Caron Electric.
“We’ve got such talented professionals locally,” Galusha noted. “This is a true collaboration.
“They’re building something for family members and went the extra mile.”
Caul-Chartier explained all the contractors actually had to take their own time to learn from Rainycrest staff about renovating according to the building code for long-term care facilities.
Foot-care room
Meanwhile, Rainycrest now has a designated foot-care room.
Staff went in and re-purposed a multiple care room—removing an old tub, repainting the walls and ceiling, building a cabinet, and putting in a new countertop to create a room specifically for foot-care nurse RPN Susana Leahey.
“It’s pretty impressive that we have a designated room,” said Galusha.
“Foot care is a lot like dental care,” he explained. “It’s an infection point, especially with diabetes and everything, so we’re trying to stay ahead of the curve.
“And to have somebody with the expertise on staff, we’re pretty blessed.”
“This is wonderful to have,” enthused Leahey. “Our residents can come in here and have the proper care done.
“It’s convenient because it’s right on the floor, where I can just get whoever needs the foot care done, bring them in, have them done, and return them to their room,” she added.
“It’s just perfect.”
Prior to having a designated room, Leahey would have to take all of her equipment to residents’ rooms to administer foot care.
“It was often very uncomfortable for them because they didn’t have a chair where I could lift their feet up,” she noted.
“It had to be done in bed or else just in their recliners.
“This is an awesome improvement for the residents,” Leahey stressed. “It’s been really great.
“Darryl and Kayla came in, and they’re the ones who pushed for it,” she added. “They got the room done.
“They’re making wonderful changes and we’re happy to have them, that’s for sure,” said Leahey.
“They come up with great ideas and they implement them. They’re doing a great job.”
Galusha noted the upgrades to the foot-care room were done internally with whatever means available.
“Our maintenance guys did all this, they built this,” he lauded, opening a cabinet door.
“We had all of the stuff here in the building.
“This is just taking care of business and trying to give the residents what they needed,” Galusha said.
“Obviously, with the budget we can’t afford lots but we did it.”
In fact, Galusha chuckled that the paint on the walls is a colour you won’t find anywhere else because it’s a blend of various shades the maintenance staff had to mix together from what they had on hand.

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