The South Lakeland no win no fee* lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline play a key role in helping injured people to start personal injury claims. Some of these people are employed in care homes and have been injured in manual handling incidents. Manual handling is one of the more common activities associated with accidents in care homes and South Lakeland no win no fee* lawyers find themselves investigating this type of accident on a regular basis.
The injured person can ask the South Lakeland no win no fee* lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline for help by calling the 24/7 free helpline. The South Lakeland no win no fee* lawyers will first look at the circumstances of the manual handling accident and how it came to happen. Some accidents happen because the wrong equipment has been used or because the equipment was poorly maintained and faulty or the staff were not trained in how to use t correctly.
South Lakeland no win no fee* lawyers and manual handling equipment in care homes
The types and amount of equipment needed for any particular lift will vary according to the specific needs of residents. The most common lift involves moving a resident from one place to another. The first thing to take into account of is the type of bed, bath and chair that the resident is being moved in and out of and the environment at the time. This means things like lighting, amount of space and floor surface and so on. Then the equipment has to be considered and typically this can include:
- A type of hoist – there are many of these. Some are called bariatric hoists – some hoists are used to pick up a resident that has fallen onto the floor. Some hoists are more like standing aids and some hoists can be moved around (mobile hoists). It is also possible to obtain specialist hoists like bath hoists or lifts. Some of these are designed to be used with other specialist equipment such as adjustable height baths.
- Slings of different types and sizes may be needed to meet residents’ needs
- A slide sheet and a transfer board may be needed for some transfers or a turntable may be the most appropriate equipment
- Electric profiling beds may be deemed essential for some residents who are more dependent or who are immobile
- Wheelchairs are often selected as the safest method of moving residents from one place to another but the correct wheel chair needs to be selected
- Handling belts are also available to assist weight-bearing residents but it is not appropriate to use these for lifting a resident
- Lifting cushions and support rails/poles are also available
Date Published: 12th September 2014
Author: Sharon Parry