New beds for Yarrawonga Health
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.