Fashionable Spill Garment
The Dining Dickie™, available from JaneMarie Designs, is a reversible garment made to look like a blouse or a shirt, complete with a collar. The stylish garment fastens with Velcro behind the neck, making it easy for those with limited arm movement to put on and take off. Unlike terry cloth bibs, the wrinkle-resistant Dining Dickie covers the diner's entire lap when sitting. It is made of high-quality prewashed cotton that resists shrinkage and fading. It can also be worn as a smock or apron.
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Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has developed a new Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide For People with Disabilities. The document addresses the need for evacuation plans to include everyone and highlights the needs, criteria, and minimum information required to incorporate planning strategies for people with disabilities. The guide covers five general categories for disabilities (mobility, visual, hearing, speech, and cognitive impairments) and four elements of evacuation information needed by occupants (notification, wayfinding, use of way, and assistance).
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Antimicrobial Fiber Technology
Foss Manufacturing Company's Fosshield® antimicrobial technology safely and effectively inhibits the growth of destructive and odor-causing bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungus. When woven into any textile, the bicomponent polyester fiber combats the growth of microbes and extends the product's life. Fosshield includes a silver- and cooper-based additive, and unlike other antimicrobials that are applied via topical coatings, the additive is extruded as part of the fiber sheath during manufacture.
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Mealtime Training Program
Meal Time Matters from IDEAS Institute is a training program that builds nursing assistants' skills related to dining, swallowing disorders, and safe feeding assistance. Covering normal swallowing in older adults, signs and symptoms of disordered swallowing, diet and liquid consistencies, and assistive eating devices, the program includes a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation with trainers' speaking text, three interactive exercises, an eight-minute DVD, participant handouts, a nursing skills checklist, and a learning assessment.
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Powder-Free Examination Gloves
SemperCARE® CRX powder-free examination gloves from Sempermed are available for those at risk of becoming sensitive to natural rubber latex. Manufactured using an advanced synthetic formula, the gloves provide the fit and comfort of latex. SemperCARE CRX gloves are blue for instant recognition from latex gloves, are thicker at the fingertips than standard exam gloves, and have longer cuffs for added protection. A textured surface offers a secure grip, wet or dry.
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Personal Emergency Response Systems
Healthsense™, Inc., offers three eNeighbor™ products—eNeighbor PERS (personal emergency response system), eNeighbor Auto-PERS, and eNeighbor ADL Monitoring. The base level, eNeighbor PERS, provides an emergency call button that, when activated, wirelessly contacts dedicated response personnel via the base station. Offering continual monitoring to residents around the clock, eNeighbor Auto-PERS automatically calls for help if residents are unable to call themselves. The configurable eNeighbor ADL Monitoring has secure Web portal access for staff and loved ones to monitor a resident's ADLs (activities of daily living). Embedded intelligence allows the systems to adapt to each resident's lifestyle. A standards-based wireless network provides easy configuration of low-maintenance, battery-powered sensors.
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JSI, a division of Jasper Seating, has introduced the Connect Lounge series, available with amenities such as a power center installed in the arm of any single- or double-seat configuration, an arm-mounted drink holder, a tablet arm for laptops, and 50 different interchangeable lounge components. The furniture is available in all of JSI's woods and fabrics, including a deep mahogany wood finish and fashion-forward fabrics with deep browns, robin egg blue, and other modern color palettes.
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Inpatient Hospice Forms
Briggs Corporation has expanded its Hospice Documentation System to include Inpatient Hospice Documentation. With 35 new and revised forms, Briggs documentation addresses all levels of hospice care, including inpatient, respite, routine home care, and continuous home care. The complete Hospice Documentation System includes checklists that assist in identifying the appropriate levels of hospice care; patient aide/tech assignments and documentation on one sheet; and Hospice Facility Kardex to document treatments, medications, and other quickly needed information.
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