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Six ways Soft Tilt can support moving and handling in long term care

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Working as a carer can be very rewarding. It can also be hard work, with a lot of lifting bed-bound patients, which can take its toll on everyone involved.

‘Soft Tilt’ is an automated system that repositions people in their bed automatically with six major benefits that could transform the level of care in your working environment – or indeed the care you receive yourself.

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The Six Major Benefits of Soft Tilt

  • The repositioning is automatic.

You can programme the unit to gently turn people after preset periods, and you can even position them at different angles during the night, as needed by their condition. Consequently;

  • Patients with Soft Tilt have better sleep.

They will be less likely to be awake due to discomfort, and by gently moving them, they’re more likely to stay asleep. A better rested patient is a happier and healthier patient;

  • There’s less chance of a pressure ulcer developing.

Due to the regular repositioning of the body, it’s less likely for the patient to develop complications when resting in bed for long periods. Turning the body at regular intervals reduces the pressure damage risk that can cause severe skin injuries.  

  • It reduces some of the heavy lifting for staff.

How often have you ended a shift with backache? Having to lift a person multiple times a day, and having to do so for several people is bound to take its toll on workers. Installing a Soft Tilt makes your facility a safer place to work by preventing work acquired injuries;

  • The system makes single carer working environments more viable.

If you work by yourself, using Soft Tilt on your patients’ beds will make moving and handling much easier. It also means that fewer visits are needed to help the patient. This frees you to deal with other tasks, and lets you know that the patient is receiving good care while you’re busy elsewhere. Furthermore, it makes it possible to have fewer members of staff on call. Using Soft Tilt could significantly reduce care costs  allowing money to be spent on providing better care for patients elsewhere;

  • Soft Tilt makes other care tasks easier.

By using the tilting function it is easier to apply a sling, and glide sheets may no longer be needed. Other aspects of personal care like changing someone’s clothes should become easier too.

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Author: W. Suillivan

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