New equipment helps patients and staff

JP 3Forest Holme Hospice, which provides palliative and end of life care for around 1,000 adults each year, has just purchased a ‘ReTurn’ to assist patients in standing.

“Some of the patients on our ward are often weak and frail due to the advanced nature of their illness,” says Libby Obbard, Therapies Technician. “As a result the nurses need the capabilities and strength to carefully assist patients in standing, moving and turning and the ‘Return’ is ideal for this.”

The device enables the user to stand by allowing them to use a ‘ladder’ to transfer their weight. It stimulates the natural pattern of movement during sit to stand, while at the same time strengthening the muscles and functional ability.

In addition it is very easy to manoeuvre as it rolls, turns and pivots smoothly on all surfaces, which allows for safe and stable transfers especially in confined spaces. Patients can be moved from a bed to a chair, or over a short distance to an en-suite facility without any heavy lifting being required.

“We have also been able to purchase ReTurn belts which help provide greater support and stability for those less able to stand for short periods,” says Hannah Parsons, Fundraising Manager. “We also have a OneWaySlide mat which effectively prevents slipping in a forward movement but easily slides backwards, making it very useful for nurses to help the patient move into a more comfortable position in a chair.”

J.P. Morgan made a donation to purchase the equipment and Neill Murray, a member of the J.P. Morgan Community Relations Committee, went along to Forest Holme Hospice to see the benefits for himself.

“It was great to see and hear about the advantages to both patients and nurses and we are delighted to have been able to help.”

(J.P. Morgan employs 4,000 technology and operations staff at its Bournemouth Corporate Centre and has a strong history of community engagement).

To find out more about Forest Holme Hospice Charity please call 01202 670644.

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