In our endeavour to continuously provide quality care, we recently arranged staff education that assisted us to understand how the residents daily care is done. In this instance we wanted to ensure staff are well educated in the processes of feeding residents – including the anatomy and physiology of feeding and how we can modify diets for the benefit of those with swallowing disorders.
This education recently took place in our Mary Mackillop facility.
We engaged speech therapist Christa Taylor to come in to the facility to educate our staff. The educational session included a theoretical component, and a practical component- whereby staff had to feed each other and also taste the modified diets and thickened fluids, so they understood just what the residents had to eat and drink.
It was a great session, and an extremely interactive education experience. We would like to thank Christa Taylor for her time and willingness to come and provide continuing education to our staff around this topic.
This month at Paling Court, our Leisure and Lifestyle and Allied Health teams have been introducing the new Fiona’s Touch program to the residents as part of a series of sensory activities. This has been very enjoyable for all of our staff and residents, who have been learning about the benefits of hand massage to enhance the senses.
Staff have been using various oils as part of the hand massage activity, including Lavender for calming, Elevation Joyful Blend for excitement and vitality, and Easy Air Clear Blend to help open up airways. Staff have been shown how to mix different oils together so that they are more effective.
Staff at Paling Court have combined the Fiona’s Touch program with Chair Yoga, by diffusing the oils through the air while having a Yoga Session in one of our many common spaces. The residents have welcomed the new activity, and enjoy the relaxation segment of Yoga!
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