Women’s Day donation improves comfort and safety for patients
The latest pieces of equipment at L’Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria are receiving rave reviews from patients and staff.
“We are ecstatic,” exclaims Lina Simone, clinical manager at the hospital which has acquired five geriatric chairs thanks to contributions from organizers of La Journée de la femme-Women’s Day in Alexandria.
“The patients love them,” adds chief nursing officer Kim Woods.
In addition to the devices, the $30,000 donation from the La Journée de la femme committee will enable the hospital to purchase two air mattreses and a heart monitor.
The new geriatric chairs are a great improvement over the older, bulky models they will replace.
Commonly referred to as “geri chairs,” they are designed to have a comfortable, non-clinical look and feel.
Equipped with seatbelts, the mobile seats provide safety and stability for patients, such as people who have been sedated or have ALS.
“They are safe and easy to use, and are patient-centred,” says CEO Michael Cohen. “They are invaluable.”
Fully reclinable, the chairs are easy to move, thereby relieving stress on patients and reducing the chance of hospital staff incurring injuries.
Often used in facilities caring for seniors, the chairs help the patient or resident feel at ease since they provide added comfort, a feature which reduces skin sores. They are extra roomy and comfortable with adjustable padded seating.