Gait Belt

A gait belt is an assistive device which can be used to help safely transfer a person from a bed to a wheelchair, assist with sitting and standing, and help with walking around. It is secured around the waist to allow a caregiver to grasp the belt to assist in lifting or moving a person. […]

Feeder table

A feeder table is used for residents who need assistance and/or supervision with eating. A feeder table typically has a “C” shape to it and seats 4-6 residents. The meal time assistant will be seated on the inside of “C” and the residents will be seated on the outside of the “C”. ‹ Back to […]

Braden Score

The Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Ulcer Risk, is a tool developed to help health professionals, especially nurses, assess a patient’s risk of developing a pressure ulcer. ‹ Back to glossary

Bed Alarm

A type of alarm that can be used for people who have Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Levy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia or another kind of dementia. Bed alarms are typically used for a couple of different reasons, but the basic idea is that an alarm sounds when someone is trying to get out or does […]

72 hour fall watch:

After a nursing home fall occurs, the patient should be put on a 72 hour fall watch. This involves a series of thorough assessments to make sure all injuries sustained from the fall are documented and treated appropriately. After the fall, if there are obvious signs of serious injury the nursing home resident should be […]

Nursing home administrator

Nursing home administrators (NHAs) maintain the business and organizational side of long term care facilities. They are also involved on the personal level, focusing on resident care. Above all, the top priorities are quality and safety. To achieve them, NHAs must pair leadership and financial skills with a thorough understanding of the aging process and […]