Care providers can play a part – find out how
The #EndPJparalysis Challenge 17th April -26th June 2018
If you had only 1,000 days left to live, would you want to spend them in your pyjamas, or in a hospital?
The End PJ Paralysis Challenge highlights the importance of valuing the small daily activities that can help shorten a person’s stay in hospital by supporting them to get up, get dressed and, where possible, get moving. The aim of the challenge is to encourage and enable those in their senior years to enjoy their life as much as possible.
How can HCPA member services get involved?
We know a few people within residential services and some people who are supported in their own homes remain in their pyjamas during the day out of choice. However, the job of a Social Care Practitioner is to encourage enablement, so what better way to start than by encouraging those who are able to get up and get dressed. This campaign allows us to raise awareness of this within our teams and to remind the people we support the value of getting out of their pj’s every day.
And, it’s not just getting dressed. It’s about getting moving (if within a person’s current capabilities). Too many people are moved out of bed into a chair and then remain sat down all day. This is something all Social Care Practitioners need to consider – help your staff to think about what they can do to help people improve their mobility, such as strengthening exercises.
This year HCPA have launched their StopFalls Campaign covering everything about prevention and intervention of Falls (one of the most common reasons for hospital admission in the elderly) from information and advice, to exercise classes for service users and education for your staff. Why not use this information to change practice, get vital training and even train up your own specialists – visit www.hcpa.info/stopfalls for more information.
Please join us in promoting the NHS ethos around the ‘End Pyjama Paralysis Challenge’ to help support the small changes wherever possible to make a big improvement to the lives of the people you provide care for. By building mobility and engagement into each day you can help avoid preventable, and damaging, hospital stays.
Please get in touch by emailing email@example.com so they can help you register. Don’t forget to tell us at HCPA how you are getting involved and the outcomes you’re achieving. We can then share this best practice amongst all members.