“The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.” — Napoleon Bonaparte
One problem we noted at Camarillo Healthcare Center was an increased noise level caused by bed and wheelchair alarms. The noisiness sometimes would interfere with sleep and was a regular source of complaint at patient counsel meetings and to ombudsmen.
To address the problem, we decided the facility would eliminate the use of alarm devices. Staff would ensure the residents are safe and that behaviors are monitored closely to evaluate the appropriate interventions. The goal was to create a safe, quiet environment that improves the quality of life for all residents.
Implementing our plan meant removing the alarms and carefully monitoring residents to ensure their safety and well-being. We needed to:
- Offer a toileting schedule if indicated
- Assess for sleeping habits/time
- Assess for comfort and pain management
- Review the residents’ medications
With our new plan, we have seen the number of falls drop from 67 in the last nine months of 2017, to 62 in the first implementation of the program. We determined that with appropriate care and diligent follow-through, it’s possible to create an alarm-free, safe, peaceful environment.
Julia Schmutz, DOR and Marjorie Cruz, DON – Camarillo Healthcare Center