St. Edmunds Care Home – the VENDLET Basic
At St. Edmunds Care Home they have trialed the VENDLET Basic with positive results. The staff found it easy to use, and the client was calmer and more confident during personal care. After receiving initial training in using the system the staff were left to make their own evaluations and to trial the system with the client.
Here is St. Edmunds feedback;
Ease of use
The staff found that the system was easy to use and that basic training in the system was sufficient. “I think we’re all confident. There were a couple of people that were a little unsure in the beginning. But with help from the others, now everyone is confident in using it,” a carer said.
In general, the system was well-received among carers, who quickly became confident in using the system and found it very intuitive to operate. “I think everyone found it fairly easy to use. The control itself is as basic as it gets, and it works,” one of the employees said. “I think it does exactly what it is meant to do. I can’t think of anything else that could improve it to be honest. Because it is not loud, it is not complicated, it is not difficult to remove sheets or add sheets. I feel like it does exactly what it is meant to do.”
Peace of mind
The staff at St. Edmunds Care Home used the system for a client they had had challenges with in the past, and even an instance where a carer injured their back. The client was turned every two hours and was primarily bed-bound before the system was put in. She didn’t like to be turned and was often scared when being handled with manual methods, particularly in personal care situations. But with the VENDLET Basic, the client became more confident and calmer.
One of the employees, who worked with the client, explained: “We were having so much trouble with her before when having to turn her and do personal care. She didn’t enjoy it because she was scared of being turned to the edges of the bed. So, when the system was put in it gave her a lot of peace of mind, I think, because she knew she wasn’t going to go anywhere. She wasn’t being turned too much, she wasn’t being pulled around as much. So, it worked really well for her.”
Less disturbances during the night
The client would often wake up when being repositioned during the night. With the system the staff found that she wasn’t woken up half of the times when they repositioned her at night.“It was less disturbing for her because instead of us having to grab her, pull her, put something underneath her, especially at night time, she could stay asleep and we could very quietly reposition her without waking her,” a carer explained.
Broad target group
Based on the trial, the staff at St. Edmunds Care Home could see huge potential in using the system, particularly for those clients who are bed-bound or who spend a lot of time in bed, who are bed-bound or have poor skin integrity. The client that trialed the VENDLET Basic was mainly bed-bound beforehand, but now she is out of bed all day and only uses the bed for sleeping. “I think it would benefit a lot of people who are bed-bound, or in end of life care, because they are the people that have really bad skin integrity that need to be turned a lot, and people where you can’t use your hands because they would bruise easily and things like that.”
With thanks to St. Edmunds Care Home for taking part in the trial and sharing their feedback.
This case study was created in conjunction with VENDLET.dk – you can read their article here