New beds for Yar­ra­wonga Health

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

Yar­ra­wonga Health is re­joic­ing af­ter they re­ceived 25 new Aide­care, ul­tra-com­fort elec­tronic beds through­out their fa­cil­ity to as­sist aged care pa­tients who are a flight risk of falls from the bed as well as as­sist­ing staff in day to day du­ties car­ing for res­i­dents and in as­sist­ing in their com­fort.

Twenty-five beds in to­tal were pur­chased in the ini­tial ship­ment with the first 10 beds de­liv­ered to the aged care wings of Yar­ra­wonga Health late last week with Karana re­ceiv­ing seven, Allawa re­ceiv­ing one and War­rina re­ceiv­ing two.

The en­tire bed re­place­ment pro­gram was made pos­si­ble by the ded­i­cated Help­ing Hands com­mit­tee who raised over $60,000 to en­sure Yar­ra­wonga Health could pur­chase these new Aide­care beds and al­lo­cate them to re­place the beds which were in most need of re­place­ment first, through­out the fa­cil­ity.

Ear­lier this year six beds were tri­alled, with staff find­ing them very ben­e­fi­cial to both pa­tient and staff.

Yar­ra­wonga Health CEO Elaine Mel­lows said it was thanks to Help­ing Hands that Yar­ra­wonga Health were able to pur­chase these mul­tipur­pose beds.

“We looked into what was the key thing for Help­ing Hands to raise money for and we found new beds to be crit­i­cally needed,” Ms Mel­lows said.

“It will make a dif­fer­ence across the whole or­gan­i­sa­tion and we hope within 5 years we can have the whole of Yar­ra­wonga Health re­plen­ished but at the mo­ment we are look­ing at stag­ger­ing this re­plen­ish­ment and pri­ori­tis­ing where need be.

“These beds are adapt­able and per­fect for aged care in the way they move and lift as well as the lighting with these first 10 beds spe­cific to aged care but our next pri­or­ity is up­dat­ing the acute beds which will re­quire dif­fer­ent needs but will also be just as flex­i­ble.

“We are so in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for the sup­port from the Help­ing Hands com­mit­tee and the com­mu­nity.”

Each bed costs $3500 and be­cause of the funds Help­ing Hands raised, Yar­ra­wonga Health were also able to ne­go­ti­ate a lifter which is val­ued at $4000.

Help­ing Hands Co - Chair Vi­vian Spilva said the Help­ing Hands Com­mit­tee were only too happy to hold events and help raise money to pur­chase these elec­tronic beds as they are be­com­ing more widely needed.

“We raised money from a com­bi­na­tion of events as well as our Help­ing Hands de­cals which busi­nesses have been able to put up in their win­dows, to af­ford to pur­chase these won­der­ful new beds,” Mrs Spilva said.

“We were in­volved in three cor­po­rate chal­lenges and en­gaged busi­nesses and the com­mu­nity who were only too happy to help out espe­cially when they knew ex­actly where their spon­sor­ship was go­ing and what the money was be­ing used for.

“To be able to help both the staff and pa­tients is why we lend a help­ing hand and see­ing the ben­e­fits to these peo­ple is won­der­ful.

“We are now look­ing in to the next project we can help Yar­ra­wonga Health with.

“Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are still able to do­nate money to the Help­ing Hands causes at the money spin­ners they now have in the foy­ers of Club Mul­wala and Mul­wala WaterSki Club.”

Help­ing Hands com­mit­tee mem­bers An­drew Spilva, Liz Seel­iger, Yar­ra­wonga Health CEO Elaine Mal­lows, Kar­rana res­i­dent Bob Dew­ing, Help­ing Hands Co- Chair Vi­vian Spilva, Help­ing Hands mem­ber Jackie Smith, Yar­ra­wonga Health Aged Care nurses Fiona Wil­son and Ja­nine Smith test out Bob’s new Aide­care bed.

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