TurnAid Case Study – Arthur’s Story

CASE STUDY 2 – Arthur’s Story: How the TurnAid can be used with a paralysis condition

TurnAid Case StudyArthur is a 72-year-old gentleman who lives with his wife and two children. In 2012, Arthur experienced a fall from a height of 4 foot resulting in a fracture to C2 and C3 of his spinal cord. Unfortunately, this resulted in paralysis from his shoulders down.

After 5 months in hospital, Arthur was discharged home with essential equipment and required full time care and support with all activities of daily living. A care package was set up with one carer attending each day from 8am – 10pm and a second carer visited for 3 hours a day to support Arthur alongside the first carer with personal care and transfers. Arthur’s wife Janice also provides regular assistance with many tasks including manual handling tasks.

Arthur did not require any care at night, advising that he was able to remain on his back throughout the night until the carers arrived to assist him in the morning.

Reasoning:

In April 2017, an incident occurred which resulted in Arthur being unable to tolerate lying on his back, as this causes him immense pain and discomfort. As a result, Arthur has to lie on his side. Due to the significant amount of pressure placed on either shoulder at any one time, he is unable to tolerate this for more than an hour and a half maximum. Arthur is unable to shift his weight or turn and reposition himself independently and is therefore fully dependent on carers to assist with all manual handling tasks, such as turning him from one side to the other. Arthur explained that each movement caused severe pain, however if he could be rolled consistently in one movement the pain was reduced.

The frequency and technique required meant that one carer could no longer manage alone, so the care package was consequently increased to two carers 24 hours a day. Although this was an improvement, there were still a lot of inconsistencies when being turned due to the techniques used and the slightly different way in which each carer works. This meant Arthur was still experiencing a great deal of pain when being turned.

Another concern for Arthur and his family was the sudden increase in carers present in their home at all hours of the day and night. This reduced his opportunity to have uninterrupted family time.

An assessment for the TurnAid was requested with the hope it would make the movement more consistent. This would reduce the pain experienced by Arthur and the difficulties experienced by the carers and Arthur’s wife when turning Arthur in bed every hour and a half throughout the day and night. In addition, it was hoped that use of this patient turner would reduce the care package.

Conclusion:

The TurnAid was installed. A demonstration was carried out to the carers, Arthur, and his wife Janice on the safe use of TurnAid and how to change the sheets.

The first roll carried out using the TurnAid allowed a smooth turn from one side onto his back before using the system to turn Arthur onto his other side. Arthur immediately reported that using TurnAid allowed him to turn with approximately 70% less pain than he usually experienced. A trial was then carried out of a full turn from one side to the other without stopping in the middle to reduce the need to place pressure on his back for any length of time. This turn went very smoothly, and Arthur reported that the uninterrupted turn made the experience much quicker, less painful and was therefore more bearable than the previous methods used.

During a follow up call soon after provision, Arthur advised that he was benefitting greatly from TurnAid advising that he experiences fewer spasms as he was in less pain (the usual cause of the spasms). Arthur also reported that the TurnAid allowed each movement to be consistent. Previously no two carers worked in the same way as each other, resulting in each movement being different and some more painful than others.

Arthur shared that four weeks on they have been able to reduce the night-time care to one carer and are hopeful that they will be able to reduce the daytime care as well as this will reduce the amount of people coming through the door and improve family life.

To view the TurnAid click on the link below:
www.polymorit.com/product/turnaid-innovative-turning-and-moving-system/

Information on Paralysis Condition from NHS:
www.nhs.uk/conditions/paralysis/

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Making Care Facility Visiting Safe

During this unusual time we should not forget those that rely so much on interaction with family and friends for their wellbeing.  Throughout lockdown visits to care facilities were put on hold as there was no safe way to conduct  a visit without the risk of someone passing something harmful on to the most vulnerable.  As lockdown has eased people are still unsure as to whether to allow visitations to see residents or not.  This is where the idea of a Garden Visiting Pod came from.

The PodStak Garden Visiting Pod will allow safe and secure visiting all year round allowing residents of care facilities to see and speak with family and friends.  Here are a few benefits of these Pods:

  • RESTORATION OF VISITING Our Pods have been created to enable the safe restoration of visiting by friends and relatives to support and maintain the welfare of their loved ones.
  • EXCELLENT THERMAL PERFORMANCE Our Pods are constructed using Structural Insulated Panels which provide superior thermal performance, which will last the life span of the building. The structure’s solid core of polyurethane (PUR) insulation ensures the building is heated evenly throughout and remains free from cold spots and benefits from reduced heating costs. Highly efficient insulation (U-value 0.15 w/m2).
  • LOW U-VALUE WALLS & ROOF Structural Insulated Panels offer extremely high thermal performance, the Polyurethane (PUR) core of rigid insulation and OSB/3 achieves U-Values as low as 0.10 Watts per Meter Squared Kelvin (W/m²K) or better, making significant savings on your annual heating costs.
  • INTEGRAL INSULATION The insulation is integral to our SIP Building System, and therefore eliminates the need and cost for cavity insulation.
  • EXTRA FLOOR SPACE Structural Insulated Panels create more internal floor space for the same external dimensions in comparison to masonry construction. This is because a SIP structure provides excellent strength and insulation in a smaller wall section.
  • SANITISABLE INTERNAL LININGS AND ROOM DIVIDERS Fully lined wipe clean interiors and screens are available to ensure that your Garden Visiting Pod can provide a safe space for visitors, residents and staff to meet in.

In addition to the benefits of the Pod itself, we have put together a great range of interior design choices for the walls and the floor.  Here are a few reasons why you should choose our Easy Clean internal linings:

  • SANITISATION – The No. 1 priority. PVC lining is widely used in areas which require sanitisation as it provides a continuous sealed surface where microbes cannot hide.
  • DURABILITY – These will look as fresh as the day you bought them, always. Stain and scratch proof and fully water resistant they are tough enough to deal with serious commercial usage
  • HUGE VARIETY OF STYLES – This easy to clean range boasts 20 wood, stone, or masonry effect patterns, plus plain white. One of the best features about interior cladding is that you can mix and match the ranges to create a unique design statement to suite your taste.
  • LESS WORK – They wipe clean. Yes, just warm water and a bit of washing up liquid and they will look good as new every single day, no matter what you throw at them!
  • INSULATION – Yes, they will also help to add an extra layer of warmth to which ever room you choose to fit them in. Especially helpful in winter!!
  • FLAME RESISTANT – All of our interior cladding products come with Class 1 Fire certificates, no matter what the finish or design.
  • WATER RESISTANT – So important in outdoor rooms which are subject to wide variations in temperature, install interior cladding and forget about problems with damp and mildew on your walls and ceilings.

And finally here are a few points showing how important a good quality floor is when considering your Pod design:

  • THE TOUGH FLOOR Luxury Vinyl Flooring is the perfect flooring solution for any care facility, including Garden Visiting Pods. LVT provides a warm and comfortable underfoot surface that insulates sound and is sound absorbing, creating a low noise impact and making it energy efficient. Being easy to maintain and clean makes the flooring suitable for sanitisation. Its multi-layered construction preserves the finish under a PU protective coating that has built-in anti-bacterial properties making it hygienic and perfectly safe for vulnerable people.
  • THE WATERPROOF FLOOR With realistic wood, stone and marble textured surfaces and 100% water resistant composition, Luxury Vinyl Flooring is a great choice for care facilities, providing a natural touch.
  • ECONOMIC This Luxury Click Tile flooring is economic for smaller projects, offering a simple click together mechanism without the wastage or joint sealing of continuous roll widths.
  • THE 25 YEAR GUARANTEE FLOOR LVT is a durable hardwearing surface that can cope easily with more high intensity usage areas such as halls or living rooms, and it comes with a market-leading 25-year residential guarantee and 10-year high usage commercial environment guarantee.
  • LARGE RANGE OF PATTERNS Choose from a range of 14 different wood, stone and marble effect patterns to complement the design of your Visiting Pod to make a beautiful retreat for your residents and visitors to enjoy in safety.
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Covid-19 – What happens after self-isolation?

The Government’s policy of slowing down the spread of the Covid-19 infection, is designed to protect the NHS from being overwhelmed. However, it is not going to limit the overall spread of the epidemic, so we need to plan for the next phase, after a short period of restriction and self-isolation. It is unsustainable economically for business operations to shut down for long periods, so inevitably people will have to go back to work soon and that is when the whole thing could get a lot worse.

One of our colleagues spoke to a stone manufacturer who has had a production guy go down with Covid-19 and he has, as a result, had to shut his production line down – costing him £100K / week!! He said that if he had known about this pod he would definitely have had one – once back up and running he wants to put one in place.

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The time to be getting things in place is NOW, while businesses can prepare a robust and rigorous plan to protect their sites. Polymorit is ready to assist and work with your team on site evaluation and recommendations for screening of visitors.

For more information or a quotation contact 0330 6600 125 or view on the following link:

https://polymorit.com/product/podstak-virus-containment-and-testing-facility/

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PodStak™ Virus Containment and Testing Facility

The concept of the Virus Containment Pod was triggered by a report of a Covid-19 carrier entering a Doctor’s Surgery and endangering the health and lives of other patients in the waiting room.

Problem
Uncontrolled spread of illness within workforce’s/venues causing facilities to go into lockdown.

We may have moved on from the days of Castles and Drawbridges, but the principle remains!

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Action
We have manufactured a bespoke testing facility to test persons who may be carrying infectious disease before encountering other personnel.

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Solution
Massively reduced risk of viral contamination within workforces allowing companies to continue working and trading.

For more information or a quotation contact 0330 6600 125 or view on the following link:

PodStak Virus Containment and Testing Facilities

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The Wheellator is taking off at UK Airports

Standsted and Manchester Airports are deploying the Wheellator as a unique solution, to provide greater independence for passengers with reduced mobility. Click on the following link to see article in Thiis Magazine

Demonstrating that the Wheellator walking aid is ‘going places’
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New addition to the family: The iD Expert Range

Polymorit is now offering the high quality iD Expert Range of incontinence products.  This complete range of products offers comfort and consistency that other products can’t.  When it comes to incontinence it has to be right first time and this is what you can guarantee from iD Expert products.  Click below to view our catalogue which includes the iD Expert Range along with competitive prices.

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Walking is the best form of exercise

blankIt’s one of the simplest forms of exercise and yet it offers so much.  We have done a bit of research and found out some interesting facts.  For instance, not only does walking have a physical impact on your body it can also have a mental impact of people.  It helps reduce depression and stress levels and improves your confidence and self-esteem.  It also helps to reduce some pain in conditions such as chronic arthritis.  Further to this, it lowers your blood sugar level.  Last but not least it helps to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and even coronary heart disease.

To help a wider range of people experience the benefits of walking, we have introduced a new and innovative product called the Wheellator.  This is a cross between a wheelchair and a rollator and is intended for extended duration walking.  People who suffer from COPD conditions or who are going through some sort of rehabilitation may struggle to get the needed amount of walking in each day to maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind.  They may lack the confidence to go out with a standard rollator.  When this happens people stop doing the things they once loved like going for walks in the country or going to the shopping mall or going for a stroll on the beach.  With the Wheellator this is now possible again.  If you feel a little tired you can sit down,  self propel using the big wheels or have somebody push you until you feel strong enough to walk a bit further.  It is not intended to be used as a wheelchair over long periods of time, just when you need a breather.  You can view more information on the Wheellator here at www.polymorit.com/product/wheellator-walking-aid.

We have included a few links below to sites with more information on the benefits of walking and walking groups.  Please take a look and see for yourself the benefits that walking can have on you and your mind.

www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/get-walking/walking-health-conditions/walking-and-cancer 

www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/get-walking/walking-health-conditions/walking-and-diabetes 

www.edenproject.com/eden-story/our-ethos/healthy-walking-group 

www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/fitness/walking-tips-advice/ 

www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/get-walking/walking-health-conditions 

www.nhs.uk/Livewell/getting-started-guides/Pages/getting-started-walking.aspx 

www.macmillan.org.uk/documents/aboutus/health_professionals/physicalactivity/walking-works-professionals-version.pdf 

www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2014/sep/30-minute-daily-walk-helps-prevent-diabetes-and-age-related-diseases-95895686.html 

www.saga.co.uk/magazine/health-wellbeing/exercise-fitness/10-reasons-for-a-winter-walk 

 

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Improving Vehicular Access

blank“It’s too hard for me to get in and out of my car!”  Losing the ability to get out and about is something which many people dread. That loss of freedom can have a detrimental effect on your general well-being. In addition to this there is a high risk of lower back strain for patients and carers when moving from a wheelchair to a car.

You’ll be glad to know, we have the solutions.

“Turning has never been so easy!”  A pair of devices that make it so much easier to access a car.  These are the originals, and still the best!  The MediDisk is used to rotate a patient from one seat to another.  The TurnEasy is used to effortlessly turn the patients’ legs into the foot well.  The TurnEasy has a padded cushion with a fleece cover for added comfort.  The restraining strap supplied attaches to the seat belt and will ensure a safe and comfortable ride.

Enjoy travelling with Polymorit!

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Overcoming the fear of falling

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But you will be glad to know there is a solution.

“I feel free and confident again”.  The StandEasy can restore a patient’s confidence in their ability to stand before walking from their seat.  Wherever they can use their own motive power to get out of chairs, beds and even off the toilet, without the need for assistance, this is beneficial for the patient psychologically and physically. This product removes the danger of carers hurting themselves and patients being injured by incorrect handling.  For more information on this product search StandEasy in the search bar at the top of this page.

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Breakthrough in Pressure Care!

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We are excited about the technological breakthrough offered by the Airospring range of pressure relieving cushions and mattress overlays utilising the patented 3D Spacer fabric. This project was developed over a 6 year period in conjunction with the University of Bolton and a team of textile specialists. The construction of the material combines 2 separately knitted fabrics with connecting strands that provide the optimum spring effect to support the user. The result is a product which performs like the best foams and gels, but is superior to both in many respects:

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  • Considerably lighter, so easier to carry
  • Not sealed in plastic, so completely breathable and does not cause sweating
  • Keeps fragile skin cool and dry
  • The whole product is fully washable for decontamination
  • Isotropic construction allows the elasticated cushion cover to move in all directions, creating maximum support with minimum sheer, thereby protecting fragile skin.

If you are not already using Airospring pressure care products, you are missing a vital piece of equipment in the toolkit available to care providers.