Intervention for ligature risk management
A ligature risk represents any element or fixture that could potentially be used to attach a cord, rope, or any other material with the intent of hanging or strangulation. While the contemplation of such risks may evoke discomfort, acknowledging and addressing these concerns are imperative within care homes to prevent serious injury or harm to residents. The safety and wellbeing of individuals residing in care homes necessitates a meticulous assessment and management of risks, with one care provider taking a proactive approach by contacting Fulcrum to help ensure they were providing a secure and safe environment for all.
What issue did the care home have?
A regional care home provider faced challenges in effectively managing ligature risks across three sites, posing a significant concern. The care homes recognised the need to align its efforts with existing best practices and legislation to ensure a safe environment for its residents.
How did Fulcrum Care help?
To begin, Fulcrum conducted a review and assessment of all patient-facing environments, including a detailed visual inspection identifying potential ligature risks. An audit was undertaken to evaluate the existing cultural norms, policies, procedures, and practices specifically concerning ligature risk across the sites.
Fulcrum also ensured compliance with current best practices and legislation related to suicide prevention and reviewed and improved existing risk assessments.
Another important aspect of Fulcrum’s intervention was assessing the training and competency framework within the organisations, aiming to support staff development in handling emergency situations.
What were the results for the care home?
Upon completion of the assessments, Fulcrum compiled detailed reports for each site that included comprehensive findings and recommendations to mitigate and manage ligature risks effectively.
The service provider was satisfied with the thorough assessments conducted, acknowledging the invaluable insights and recommendations provided.
Fulcrum’s attention to detail and prompt response to issues led to immediate, tangible improvements in the way that care was delivered in the home care, helping to create a more positive and nurturing environment for both caregivers and recipients.
The provider has now called on Fulcrum to conduct further assessments to help with ongoing improvements to help create a safer environment for individuals receiving treatment, care, and support within its facilities.
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