Restorative care and its purpose is frequently mistaken and inaccurately thought of as rehabilitation therapy. Although both these care and therapeutic nursing facilities are complements of each other, they both offer different services and should not be confused. Restorative care services offer individuals a range of activities or exercises which are designed with the purpose of either reaching or maintaining a certain level of individual potential. Unlike rehabilitation therapy, these activities do not need to be provided or overseen by a rehabilitative therapist. Individuals receiving care services may engage in activities which involve assistance with reaching ambulation, mobility, positioning, guidance in daily life activities, development of psychosocial skills and reality orientation to assist with focusing on their immediate surroundings. The key purpose of this care service is for sick or elderly persons to maintain the utmost level of mental, physical and psychosocial function in an effort to prevent any declines which will impact their quality of life.
With old age come the unavoidable decline of function and health and the onset of disabilities and various drawbacks. With the deterioration of these biological functions, the elderly are more vulnerable and prone to the loss of privacy and their independence. This may ultimately lead to a struggle in maintaining their private lives, homes and dignity at a later stage in their life. Care programs seek individuals whose recovery period might be longer or slower than usual. There is no definite approach to restorative care services however those who receive it have usually reached their maximum potential during therapy. A team of healthcare professionals which include; physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nursing staff, recreation and social workers to name a few, are responsible for conducting a comprehensive patient assessment and will thereafter design a restorative plan which will focus on improving quality of life. The patient specific care plan will then be implemented and overseen by a restorative nurse. It is now up to the restorative nurse and the healthcare team to help the resident retain their physical and mental ability level. All changes, additions and progress during the program must be documented and reported.
There are numerous benefits for following a care plan at both a patient and organizational level. Effective long term results are largely influenced by early identification of individuals who do require such care program and healthcare facilities. Patients are offered the opportunity to improve their well being and go home after dealing with the effects of a chronic illness or surgery. Patients are provided with a positive and progressive environment which demonstrates a practical approach to achieving wellness. A key factor in patient improvement is the ability for the patient to feel as normal and capable as possible. The simple choice of donning casual attire during the restorative program can contribute to a more positive frame of mind. Apart from receiving care to maintain/ manage one’s current condition, there are additional benefits to restorative healthcare:
• In the case of patients faced with chronic disease, the rate of decline can be significantly reduced.
• Patients are taught safety and proper procedure for their specific aliments.
• The care program provided can be adjusted to complement an existing/ current therapy being received.
• Patients will gain knowledgeable information about their risk factors and thereafter will be able to actively reduce any such factor which may put them at risk of complications. In doing so, patients will also be able to prevent any possible new or additional complications.
• The healthcare facilities management and team will overall improve and enrich ones quality of life, thereby enhancing dignity.
• Nurses and care facilitators will assist its residents/ patients in adjusting and overcoming any new problems or limitations.
• Patients will be taught a new way of performing everyday daily living activities.
The restorative staff will motivate patients to continuously work hard at improving their well being. Many of the patients will find themselves making friendships that will last long after the patient has been discharged. Such connections act as a means of support for the patient and they will begin to feel a better sense of community and hospitability post recovery and discharge. Although restorative care facilities are not required by Government to be provided, they are in existence to help those in need who want to maintain their highest level of practicable activity. For many facilities, meeting these end goals with their patients further reiterates the necessity for comprehensive recuperative programming.
In order to run a successful and robust program, many challenges must be overcome along the way. Such challenges include:
• Appropriate patient identification: their incident reports/ triggers must be thoroughly understood and interpreted.
• Restorative care must be approached in a case by case manner. Care cannot be provided for patients in groups as each patient will have specific needs in terms of movement, exercise and understanding capabilities.
• Staffing shortages: patients will receive the best care when facilities have abundant staff available. Shortages may lead to patients not receiving individual attention and reaching their full potential might be slower.
With Unique Health you need not worry about any challenges or the quality of care programs. We offer the best care for our patients with senior staff always available for consultation