This grant gave us the opportunity to purchase much needed equipment for the Long Term Care Facility in Forteau, NL, serving residents of L’Anse au Clair to Cartwright.
We were able to purchase new bureaus and wing chairs for the original wing of the residents’ rooms. This furniture is very sturdy, durable, and certainly able to withstand day-to-day usage. The wing chairs have allowed appropriate seating (commercial, stain resistant, water resistant, etc.) for the residents to avail of while sitting in the comforts of their own bedroom space.
The purchase of new Geri/broda chairs has given the residents more comfort as the ones they replaced were in need of an upgrade. The craftsmanship in those chairs certainly understands the unique challenges of bariatric care. The seating helps improve the comfort, safety, and dignity of bariatric patients while easing the burden on caregivers. The bariatric wheelchairs meet various needs—from commode and showering, to multi-positioning. The chairs are providing comfort and pressure reduction, improving safe patient care and handling (both inside and outside of the facility).
The purchase of new wheelchairs has proved to be highly beneficial to the residents, as it provides them with great comfort, mobility, and independence. They have certainly been an added benefit to the residents and it does the heart good when you visit the facility and see the residents sitting comfortably in seating that suits their needs.
Additionally, the purchase of a new pressure point mattress has been very beneficial to the resident who is no longer able to get out of bed to enjoy the day-to-day activity they once did. Pressure relief mattresses help prevent pressure ulcers by dispersing pressure away from bone protrusions via alternating pressure. It is evident that the mattress can certainly help this resident rest in comfort.
The members of the hospital auxiliary along with members of our local health care facility and the residents’ families are truly thankful for your very generous contribution. Your involvement has and will continue to enhance the lives of our residents.
Submitted by Lisa Davis-Ryland of the Labrador South Ladies Hospital Auxiliary