Journal of Aging and Geriatric Psychiatry

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Short Article - Journal of Aging and Geriatric Psychiatry (2018) Volume 2, Issue 1

Innovating to improve Quality of Care- Creating a continuing culture of innovation and excellence

Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) run Nursing home facility is a hub of activity with various services and programmes for seniors. In addition to the Nursing Home and Senior care Centre, Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) run Nursing home facility is also the location with a number of community-based initiatives are currently in operation. Among these are,

  • Go To Dementia Point
  • National Silver Academy courses
  • Caregiver Training Courses
  • Accredited Skillsfuture Centre
  • Community outreach and interaction programmes

In an ongoing process, Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) run Nursing home facility re-looked at various processes to identify ‘pain points’ with a view to improve efficiency and productivity. These ‘pain points’ are defined as steps in the processes that cause physical pain and discomfort, delays in delivery of service or in other ways hinder or affect the type of care given to the residents. To help with the identification of such pain points, discussions involved staff at all levels to learn pain points that they experience. The following were identified:

  • Challenges during showering of wheelchair bound and bedbound residents
  • Challenges in feeding of residents with NG tubes
  • Challenges of maintaining high level of cleanliness with lesser manpower
  • Challenges of transferring residents with limited mobility

Challenges in use of rehabilitation systems /equipment for safer experiences and lesser manpowerChallengers in making living spaces infection free for staff and residents

Through an indepth study of the ongoing processes as well as looking into suggestions from the various levels of staff involved in the activities, Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) run Nursing home facility created a time-bound plan to increase productivity, reduce ‘pain points’ and improve staff morale.

Process of improving productivity

  • Identifying “pain points”
  • Team formulated with staff of diverse backgrounds
  • Focussed study of the issue using analytical tools
  • Identification of possible options and finalisation of solution
  • Implementation and review of solution
  • Transference of knowledge to other programmes /initiatives
Author(s): Satyaprakash Tiwari

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