Do you have an idea or innovation that will help prevent workplace injury—and improve the health and safety of continuing care workers? Tell us your idea, and you can have a chance at winning $1,000!
SafeCare BC is holding its fourth-annual Safety Den, proudly sponsored by Points West Healthcare. This exciting Dragon’s Den-style competition highlights safety innovations in both long-term care and home care and community and health support.
What you can win (apart from bragging rights)
In our Member category you will have the chance to win one of three cash prizes, with the top prize being $1,000 that you can use to invest in your idea or enhance your organization’s health and safety program. And in our Commercial category, one organization will win the coveted Safety Innovation of the Year Award.
It’s easy to apply
Tell us about your safety innovation in a word submission of 300 words, or a video of less than two-minutes. Your submission should answer the following questions:
- What is your idea or innovation
- How does it improve workplace safety?
- What has been, or will be the impact?
Submissions can be sent to Ken Donohue at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is April 26.
Three finalists from each category will be selected to compete at the Safety Den, which will be held at the BC Care Providers Association conference on Monday, May 27, in Whistler.
The finalists will pitch their safety innovations to our judges, or Safety Dragons, as we call them. Questions from our Dragons and audience will make for an entertaining and interactive experience.
- First prize: $1,000
- Second prize: $750
- Third Prize: $500
- Safety Innovation of the Year Award
2018 Safety Den Winners
Revera’s low-tech safety idea is the creation of a ‘luggage tag’ style ID for a resident’s walker or wheelchair. One side of the letter-size sheet has a visual cue for the resident—a picture from their youth or one of a loved one, or of a prominent memory, with a brief description on the bottom. The image serves as a visual distraction for the resident, during a time of stress. The tag is laminated, primarily for infection control purposes, and the reverse side has the resident’s name along with the word “Likes”. In the white space below, using a dry-erase pen, staff can provide tips on strategies that have worked for distraction and re-direction. Learn more
Handicare’s EvaDrive allows residents and clients to be transferred with a gentle push of the fingertips. Effortlessly maneuver through obstacles in care facilities with ease. The EvaDrive is an intuitive motorized mobile lift that requires very little force to operate. The goal with this breakthrough lifting aid is to reduce the risk of injury caregivers face when manually handling patients during transfers. Learn more