There are two common operational practices that make it difficult for organizations to visualize a pathway to unlocking doors (and many other activities as well): all-or-none thinking and surplus safety. I explore each of these in the conclusion to my series “Hidden Restraints.”
This playground scene is from Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood. Labor Day, September 4, 1922. The youngest kids would be/are about 96 today. How many are still with us in Pittsburgh or beyond? I need to visit the Beechview Senior Center sometime soon. Anyone there reading this at the moment, please ask around! Look at the height of that […]
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a motorcycle rally at a skilled nursing home in Missoula, Montana. That’s right, and even the most frail could ride.
A nursing home in Minnesota has set a goal to eliminate all personal alarms for “high fall risk” residents in order to create a better home for Elders.
Rebecca Priest, of St. John’s home in Rochester, talks about her experience with Surplus Safety, and how to create a process to support risk in long term care
Drs. Judah Ronch, Dean of the Erickson School of Aging, and Dr. William Thomas, founder of the Eden Alternative and Green House Project, have coined a new term and developed a new concept called surplus safety. The first-ever Surplus Safety Symposium was held on September 12 – 13, 2012 in Baltimore. Approximately 50 stakeholders from a diverse group of constituencies discussed the current state of the safety landscape.
I had the privilege recently of attending a symposium about “surplus safety,” put together by the Erickson School at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and funded by the Maurice Rothschild Foundation. Many thanks to these organizations for convening a group of more than 30 of the best and brightest minds in the world of […]
On Wednesday and Thursday this week I will be taking part in a groundbreaking symposium sponsored by The Erickson School at UMBC focused on the concept of Surplus Safety I’ve been developing with Dean Judah Ronch. The goals of this two-day symposium are huge. GIGANTIC. We have brought together a group of leading advocates and policy makers in long term care and we’re asking them to come to a consensus on how to address the four following challenges:
The 6th Eden Alternative International Conference included a unique pre-conference session featuring Dr. Bill Thomas and a panel of long term care experts offering a half-day masters-level course on the hidden dangers of Surplus Safety.
If you attended the last Eden Alternative international conference in 2010, Dr. Thomas offered an exclusive first look at the concept of Surplus Safety, which he was developing at the time. Now, Surplus Safety has become a central philosophy for culture change advocates and a core component of creating a life worth living. It is directly tied to every aspect of life in a nursing home and other long term care settings, including walking, eating, sleeping and even going to the bathroom.
Timstevensshh’s comment on Surplus Safety really gets to the core of the issue… Bill makes a good point as did Emerson: “things are in the saddle and ride mankind”. For two generations enterprise risk management has been riding mankind beyond the point of moral fatigue. Thus exemplars like the “fall prevention strategy” have evolved into […]