Some Rhymney accident claims arise in care homes where elderly or infirm people are cared for when they can no longer stay in their own homes. Mobility difficulties is one of the main reasons that people choose to move to a care home – they may need members of staff and equipment to move them in and out of bed, chairs, the bath and around the home. If this is risk assessed, planned and executed correctly then this can be a very successful arrangement. However, the activity carries risks for both the resident and the employees and if things go wrong then Rhymney accident claims can be the result.
What are Rhymney accident claims?
This is when a person from the Rhymney contacts Accident Advice Helpline to make a personal injury claim because they have been injured in an accident that was not their own fault. In the case of a care home accident, the employees or the residents could get injured and they may both want to make a claim against the care home operator if they were at fault for the accident.
How can care home operators be at fault for Rhymney accident claims?
Manual handling is one of the chief reasons that employees and residents may want to start Rhymney accident claims in care homes. The care home operator can be at fault if the lifting task was not risk assessed and planned out correctly. The staff should have been trained properly and the correct equipment should have been supplied. This could be things like:
- Hoists – it is not just a case of buying any old hoist. There are many different types of hoists available such as bariatric hoists, hoists to lift residents that have fallen onto the floor, hoists which are basically standing aids, mobile hoists, bath hoists or lifts
- Slings – these are also available in many different styles and sizes and the right one to meet residents’ needs should be selected.
- Slide sheets and transfer boards to assist in moving residents from a bed and back on to it.
- Turntables – to move residents around.
- Electric profiling beds – for residents with very poor mobility
- Wheelchairs – for taking residents to other parts of the home such as the dining hall and for excursions out of the home.
- Handling belts to assist residents that are able to take some of their weight.
- Lifting cushions.
- Support rails/poles for the resident to help themselves – for residents with less severe mobility problems.
- Emergency evacuation equipment that can be used in the case of a fire or other emergency.
- Suitable walking aids and hand rails for residents with good mobility who only need minor assistance.
Simply providing the equipment is not sufficient to avoid all Rhymney accident claims – it must be kept in good working order and the employees must be trained to use it.
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim for compensation.