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CCS Newsletter Examines “Surplus Safety”

October 18, 2012

The October issue of the PHI Coaching & Consulting Services (CCS) Newsletter takes a look at the concept of “surplus safety” — the idea that certain eldercare safety practices can cause more harm than good.

Susan Misiorski, PHI CCS director, specifically highlights the use of restraints as a measure that has been known to cause “surplus safety.” Restraints can prevent injury, but also cause harm to elders’ dignity by limiting their ability to ambulate, remain continent, and sustain independence.

Elsewhere in the newsletter, PHI Organizational Change Consultant Renya Larson writes about how an organization-wide Coaching ApproachSM initiative has changed the culture at Cooperative Home Care Associates, a Bronx-based home care agency and PHI affiliate.

“I see coaching almost every day,” CHCA President Michael Elsas told Larson. “I see people speaking differently, dealing with things differently.”

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— by Matthew Ozga

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