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Hoist Training for Carers – How important is it?

Hoist Training for Carers – why it is so important

Hoist training for carers is one of the most important, yet one of the most overlooked, aspects of training in the caring sector today. Poor manual handling practice can lead to a range of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) including upper limb disorders, lower limb disorders and back pain. These can result in long term injury, maybe forcing carers off work on long time sick, and could potentially lead to legal action. According to the HSE there were 469,000 workers suffering from a work related MSD in 2017/18, with over 6.6 million working days lost due to MDS!. So what can you do as a responsible employer to prevent the cost, disruption and emotional toll from these injuries?

Prevention is better than cure!

It is an old saying, but in this case it is true. These types of MDS are not one of ‘freak’ injuries (although that could happen) Generally they are a build up from months or years of incorrect posture, over extension of muscles and limbs, and the result of poor practice. By instituting a programme of hoist training for carers, you have a golden opportunity to prevent these injuries , although this may cost more initially, in the long term it will save you time, money and aggravation.

Hoist Training for carers – Contact us today on 024 7647 2600 to discuss your requirements

Hoist Training for carers – what should be included

Any good hoist training programme should include as a minimum the following

  • Legislation – An overview of current legislation and how it applies in the workplace
  • Risk Assessment/Care Plan – the importance of Risk Assessments and Care Plans, and how to write them and read them
  • Banned Lifts – Which lifts are banned and why. Carers may have fallen in to bad practice and not even be aware that lifts they are using are banned. It is important that these are identified and stopped.
  • Practical training – Often many carers have fallen into bad habits, and a practical session will reinforce the theoretical training and embed in into the carers consciousness. Beware of online courses that do not offer practical sessions.
  • Personalisation – It is important that any training is personalised to the exact challenges and problems that carers face day to day. Our trainers have a wealth of experience that they can bring to any situation to help solve the challenges you and your carers face.

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