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Exploring Mobility Goals in the SNF with Advancing Excellence

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA on Tue, Sep 15, 2015

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Advancing_ExcellenceAs part of an overall strategy to enhance and maintain mobility and reduce falls and major injuries in the nation’s Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living facilities, Harmony Healthcare International has teamed up with The Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign, a major initiative of the Advancing Excellence in Long Term Care Collaborative. The Campaign helps nursing homes improve the quality of care and quality of life for the more than 1.5 million residents of America’s nursing homes.

As Advancing excellence states, “Enhancing and maintaining mobility as a part of daily care helps to maintain a person’s function as well as physical and psychological well-being. Working on this goal will help nursing home staff address mobility and related issues including range of motion, bed mobility, transferring, walking, eliminating physical restraints, wheelchair mobility, and reducing fall risk. Residents’ health and quality of life will improve with added freedom of movement and increased activity.” 

How Does Mobility Benefit Residents?

  • Residents’ muscles and bones are strengthened, which makes fractures less likely in the event of a fall.
  • Residents’ heart and lung function improve.
  • Residents sleep better.
  • Residents’ appetites improve, which may help to maintain weight.
  • Residents avoid complications associated with immobility, such as muscle wasting.
  • Residents are more alert and have better moods.
  • Residents move more in bed or when sitting, which reduces the risk of pressure ulcers.
  • Residents transfer and walk more safely.
  • Residents are steadier when standing or walking.
  • Residents are more independent during activities of daily living (e.g., dressing, eating, and using the toilet).
  • Residents are less socially isolated.

How Does Mobility Benefit Nursing Home Staff?

  • Staff members have meaningful relationships with residents through resident independence and empowerment through self-directed care.
  • Staff spend less time providing direct assistance during personal care, bed positioning, and transportation to and from activities.

How Does Mobility Benefit Nursing Homes?

  • Nursing homes have enhanced reputation in the community.
  • Nursing homes promote a culture of safety.
  • Nursing homes demonstrate consistency with culture change and person-centered care.
  • Nursing homes can improve in a number of quality measures: falls, physical restraints, pressure ulcers, and weight loss.
  • Nursing homes reduce costs associated with treating the consequences of immobility (e.g., pressure ulcers, contractures, constipation, and incontinence).

The Mobility Goal strengthens resident’s muscles and bones which makes fractures less likely in the event of a fall. Heart and lung function improve, sleep, appetite, independence and socialization increase.  Residents walk, move, are more alert and avoid pressure ulcers and muscle wasting.  As residents are more independent and empowered staff relationships improve and staff spends less time providing direct assistance.  The nursing home’s reputation in the community is enhanced by promoting a culture of safety, better quality outcomes and lower costs. 

For information on mobility success in the SNF, tune into Advancing Excellence’s webinar featuring HHI’s President, Kris Mastrangelo and Kimberly-Clark’s Elder Wellness Technologies Leader, Rob Everett: “Want Your Residents to Remain Mobile? on Wednesday, September 16th at 2:00 p.m. EST.  Click Here to Register.

You can also learn more about Advancing Excellence’s Mobility Goal, by visiting their website: https://qioprogram.org/mobility

Still have questions, please contact Harmony Healthcare by clicking here or calling our office at (800) 530-4413.




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