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March 1, 2007
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Resident Care Manual


The Briggs Resident Care Procedures for Nursing Facilities manual offers a simple, practical approach to nursing procedures and competencies for long-term care nursing facilities. The general and straightforward format helps provide quality resident care in compliance with facility procedures, standards of care, and federal regulations. A CD-ROM for customization and instructional sheets are included.

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Sit-to-Stand Lift



Invacare's Reliant 440 Sit-to-Stand Lift is suitable for use with weightbearing and fully dependent residents, as well as those needing rehab support. Reliant 440 has many safety features, including locking rear casters and an emergency release. The electric base width adjustment, ergonomic styling, and maneuverability provide easy and safe operation for caregivers while providing resident comfort.

With an easily removable footplate, the Reliant 440 can also be used for gait training as well as standing therapy.

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Stander With Tray



Altimate Medical's EasyStand Evolv with Shadow Tray fully supports and follows the user from sitting to standing, with tray access from all positions. It enables the resident to change positions as needed while using the tray to participate in games, read, and socialize. The Shadow Tray flips up and pivots out of the way for easy transfers. The tray is securely attached under the seat and includes a safety mechanism that prevents it from shifting. The Evolv's lifting design mimics the body's natural pivot points, maximizing function and minimizing shear. More than 40 options can be added to its modular base at any time.

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Rocking Chair



Available from Optima Products, the Thera-Glide Safety-Glider's patented automatic-locking system prevents gliding as a resident sits. Once the resident is safely seated, the lock automatically releases, permitting the resident to gently rock. Before the resident leaves the chair, the lock automatically engages for a safe exit. Side stabilizers and ergonomic armrests also provide stability during transfers.

The Thera-Glide Safety-Glider's residential appearance conceals a durable steel seat and back frame. Cushions are removable for thorough cleaning. The Thera-Glide Safety-Glider is available in Mission (shown) or Deco in a variety of healthcare fabrics.

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Heel Cushion



Intensive Therapeutics has introduced the HeelZup® Supreme Maximum Lift Heel Elevating Cushion, intended for situations in which more elevation of the legs and heels is desired. Comfort and pressure reduction are enhanced by a thick layer of viscoelastic foam in the calf bed. Heels are suspended and pressure is eliminated.

HeelZup works with Intensive Therapeutics’ No-Slip Wedge to maintain heel elevation while turning and repositioning residents. HeelZup is available in a variety of sizes, including bariatric.

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Emergency Call System



The Tek-CARE®500 wireless emergency call system from TekTone now can transmit alarm messages to a central monitoring facility. Tek-CARE 500 provides residents of senior living facilities with advanced security and safety. Residents wear waterproof pendants that allow them to roam freely throughout the facility or campus, while help is only a button press away.

The Tek-CARE 500 master station keeps track of all transmitters and calls, and can send calls to staff pagers. The system also maintains resident information, including photos, medical information, and contact information for relatives and physicians, and can accommodate morning check-in.

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Mobile Passive Lift



ARJO's Maxi Move is a mobile passive lifter that is simple to operate. All powered functions, including Powered DPS (Dynamic Positioning System), are controlled via the handset, enabling routines to be carried out without manual lifting. A dual-control option offers a mast control panel, as well as the handset. The new open-style DPS spreader bar range offers greater comfort for residents.

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Air-Powered Elevating Lift



The CAMEL by Mangar USA is a battery-operated air-powered cushion designed to sit up and lift off the floor someone who has fallen. Operating with low air pressure, the CAMEL offers a stable and stress-free lift that can be performed with or without caregiver assistance.

With a maximum user weight of 700 lb., the CAMEL can lift someone of any size or age. It is particularly useful for lifting bariatric residents, minimizing the manual handling risk to staff and reducing workers’ compensation claims.

The CAMEL is stored in a compact carry bag, making it portable and suitable for outdoor use.

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