Robert Michael: Nursing Home Makes Improvements to Resident Care in Response to Lawsuit
As a result of a recent lawsuit brought by Inner Circle member Robert Michael, the following improvements were made by the nursing home facility:
- All Hoyer buckets seats were replaced with new seats on the actual lifts to a different styled safer more secure seat.
In addition, the following changes were made in the facility’s staff, policies and procedures:
- Facility wide in-services on transferring a resident with the use of the Hoyer lift were done recently. A representative of the manufacturer for the lift device conducted a demonstration on the proper use of the Hoyer lift which was attended by nursing, maintenance and rehabilitation staff.
- All current licensed staff (Nurses, GNAs, CMAs and Rehab) will be tested for competency on the use of the Hoyer lift. Competencies will be repeated-twice yearly. All new nursing staff will be tested on competency prior to using the lift on a resident. Policy has been revised to include a licensed staff member (Nurse, PT or OT) to supervise when transferring a resident with a Hoyer lift in addition to two GNAs. One staff member is to have their hands on the resident at all times during the transfer.
- Maintenance personnel are now checking the Hoyer lifts on a daily basis. The facility has an agreement with an outside company to conduct preventative maintenance on the Hoyer lifts twice yearly.
- The Director of Quality Assurance and or Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) will randomly monitor Hoyer lift transfers to ensure they are being done properly. A report will be presented to the QAPI committee monthly for a period of at least 12 months to ensure compliance with the new policies.