Three Links and Millstream Commons recently received ICan Innovation Awards for their quality improvement initiatives to transform care in aging services settings.
“Safe, quality care starts with those who are closest to residents. As leaders in caregiving, Health Support Specialists are the perfect staff to identify quality improvement opportunities, solutions and action plans that will improve care for older adults,” said Gayle Kvenvold, President and CEO, LeadingAge Minnesota.
Three Links finished in first place with its project, Keep the Big Wheels a Turnin. The project focused on increasing the safety of resident transfers by changing the wheels on lifts from a small size to a large size. Led by HSS team members Leah Holm and Deena Brandner, Keep the Big Wheels a Turnin reduced the risk of falls, eased movement over floor transitions, made residents feels safer and reduced physical stress on caregivers.
Three Links Millstream Commons finished in third place with its project to improve consistency in first-aid care. HSS staff Kayla Tanttari and Jennifer Johnson updated the contents, stocking process and efficiency of first aid kits to better help direct line staff respond to resident needs.