Disability charity Revitalise has launched its ‘Keep Moving’ initiative at its respite centres to mark Pressure Ulcer Awareness Day.
Keep Moving is a five-minute, wheelchair based exercise routine to increase awareness and minimise the risk of pressure injury for people who come to Revitalise for respite breaks.
Revitalise’s director of care and quality Sarah Mancini said: “The key reason we came up with ‘Keep Moving’ was to empower our guests to be aware of the importance of skin integrity and regular repositioning through fun, inclusive activities.
“We pride ourselves on focusing on what our guests can do, not what they can’t, and already run regular activities designed to keep our guests fit and active, such as Zumba and fitness classes and Boccia tournaments. ‘Keep Moving’ has now been added to this list.”
As well as ‘Keep Moving’, Revitalise has launched a number of other measures designed to minimise the risk of pressure injury among its guests. These include developing links with local tissue viability teams to provide training for nursing and care staff, appointing a new team of tissue viability nurse champions at each centre and procuring Talley Group ‘Fusion’ hybrid mattresses to provide flexible pressure area care for the centres’ beds.
The raft of measures introduced by Revitalise is part of the charity’s ongoing commitment to best practice in care delivery across its centres.