21st January 2019

Beating the budget – smart investments that save money

With the end of the financial year approaching, the season of spreadsheets is upon us. Time to stuff your desk drawers with emergency biscuits.

But whether you love figures or loathe them, this is a great time to scrutinise your expenditure. Could you achieve better outcomes with less? Probably. Here are some smart investments that always pay off.

1. Cut care costs and boost the quality of patient care

If you care for residents or patients who need to be turned in bed, you’ll know that it’s a tricky task. Turning people manually is risky, takes at least two people and is undignified for the person being handled. The VENDLET Patient Turning System changes all of that. You only need one carer to turn a person in bed – often cutting care costs by at least half. It’s much safer for both the carer and user, and boosts comfort and dignity for the client. Win win.

Check out our cost savings calculator for care packages >

2. Are falls a problem for your care setting?

Emergency Lifting Chair

You may not always be able to rely on paramedics to lift your residents. Ambulance services across the UK are getting tough on care homes, and many now expect carers to lift uninjured residents themselves. Future-proof your home by investing in a Raizer Emergency Lifting Chair. There are lots of training courses available on how to safely assess a fallen resident, so your care staff don’t have to always resort to calling 999.

For uninjured fallers, being lifted off the floor quickly is essential to avoid developing serious complications. Complications that can arise due to a ‘long lie’ include pressure sores, hypothermia, pneumonia and psychological effects such as helplessness.1

3. Use your surplus budget on stock cupboard essentials

plate guard

If your surplus is going to go to waste, you may as well use it before you lose it. Here are some key items it might be an idea to stock up on.

  • Disposable or re-usable incontinence bed sheets
  • Alert mats (bed, floor and chair)
  • PIR motion sensor alarms
  • Patient slings
  • Slide sheets
  • Raised toilet sheets
  • Crash mats
  • Gloves and aprons
  • Cutlery, mugs, plates and non-slip placemats
  • Transfer boards
  • Hip shields
  • Dry wipes and personal wipes
  • Easi-rise bed levers
  • Shower stools

Whether you’re making a smart investment in a key piece of kit or are using your surplus to stock up on essentials. We can help you squeeze the absolute most from your budget.

Best of luck with the number crunching. We hope the Excel fairy is smiling down on you.

If you’ve got any questions or would like to place an order please email us or get in touch using the form below.


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References
1. Dickson B, Woodward M. Accident prevention in the elderly in nursing homes. 2nd year report. Newcastle: Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Northumberland Registration and Inspection Areas for Care Homes, 2000.

Author

Sarah Colley

Marketing Manager
Sarah joined the Felgains team in December 2017, after gaining valuable and varied experience in the education and leisure sectors. She also tried her hand at being a cowgirl once, in a one-road town called Anaconda in the Rocky Mountains. Only for six weeks, though. The boots didn't suit her. Nowadays, when she's not penning blogs or directing photo shoots, she can usually be found exploring the countryside with her beloved whippet, Louie.

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