Ontario Long Term Care Association

Ontario Long Term Care Association

October 27, 2011 12:53 ET

Resident Safety a Key Focus of Award Winner

"It's always about quality of care and quality of life," says Jeanette Kuntz

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Jeanette Kuntz was honoured just to be nominated for the Ontario Long Term Care Association's 2011 Nursing Leadership Awards, and she was "pleasantly surprised" to learn she'd been chosen to stand among the four recipients.

She says to be recognized and rewarded for what she considers part of her daily quest to enhance the life quality of residents she serves is a great feeling.

"I was honoured and surprised at the same time," says Kuntz, a nursing consultant with Caressant Care whose passion for her work shines throughout a conversation with the Morning Report.

She's modest as she describes her efforts to bring technological advancements to Caressant Care homes and increase resident safety in relation to falls reduction and restraint use minimization — two reasons she received a nomination.

"I've always pushed for the technological advances within the company and we've made great strides in the past several years," she says, noting that the company is almost completely paperless in charting, medication and bedside reports.

In terms of resident safety, Kuntz began to look at falls prevention and restraint use in a different light last year and now, people in the homes have virtually eliminated those concepts from their vocabulary.

"We don't even use the word restraints," she says. "We think safety."

"The reason, most times, people are put in restraints is to prevent them from falling... and we're moving away from that."

In basic terms, her safety plan, which has rolled out through 2011, is about discovering why residents with limited mobility want to get up and move around, which is why they often fall.

The plan addresses those "whys."

As an example, she recalls one resident who was at high risk of regular falls. Earlier this year, staff and family members began the safety plan and since the time of its full implementation, he hasn't fallen once.

This one resident is among countless others who've benefited from Kuntz's dedication and as she moves forward in her career she says resident-centred care will "absolutely" guide future decisions.

"It's always about quality of care and quality of life of the residents," she says. "That's where my focus has always been and will continue."

About the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA)

OLTCA represents the operators of more than 430 charitable, not-for-profit, private and municipal long-term care homes. OLTCA homes provide care, accommodation and services to almost 70,000 seniors annually and employ about 50,000 Ontarians.

Contact Information

  • To arrange an interview or photo with one of the
    Nursing Leadership award winners
    Michelle Gradini
    (905) 470-8995, ext.39