Alternative methods and interventions such as a 4-way glide sheet had been trialed, however this had not reduced the risk or distress to Mike adequately. It was therefore decided to trial the TurnAid.
TurnAid is a unique combination of an electronically driven turning sheet and two bed rails. The system is controlled using a handset or a foot-control, which rotate one roller at a time, causing the sheet to turn the person lying on it.
This combination reduced the strain of turning Mike considerably. The carers reported that after just two weeks, the TurnAid had not only made their task much easier by reducing the physical strength required, but more significantly, they reported that Mike was much calmer and more cooperative when being turned using TurnAid.
The care staff report that TurnAid minimizes the physical contact from the care staff to Mike and he responds very well to this. Mike remains calm and cooperative throughout the task and no longer hits out or resists the movement. This enables the carers to manage the task much more easily and in less time.
The change in circumstances has been significant and has resulted in the nursing home being able to reduce the care staff required to carry out this task from two to one. The risk to the carers has been reduced significantly, as Mike no longer resists the movement which previously increased the physical strain and risk to cares.
The care staff have reported that the use of TurnAid has been very successful as they feel they can complete the task in less time and the risk of injury to them has decreased significantly. They also report that Mike no longer displays aggressive, agitated behaviours during this task.