Choosing the right lifting hoist is important as it allows both carers and patients to move with dignity and safely. However all lifting hoists have a Safe Weight Limit, which limits the amount of weight that they are able to carry making it difficult for bariatric patients to use them.
Manual wheelchairs are alternatives to power wheelchairs as they are simpler to use and are cheaper compared to power wheelchairs. However even these manual wheelchairs require maintenance now and again to ensure that they remain at optimal conditions and at the highest level of safety.
Falls prevention is an important aspect of every day life as falls can happen to anyone, not just elderly patients, and while we covered how to reduce your personal risk of falling today we’ll cover environmental risks as they are just as important as personal ones.
In Australia an estimated 1.5 million people are involved in the care of someone living with dementia while an estimated 447,115 Australians are currently living with dementia with that number expected to increase to 589,807 by 2028 if there are no medical breakthroughs. Despite these statistics there are still many misconceptions about what dementia is, what it does to people and how to properly care for them.
People who require the use of wheelchair because they live with disability may need to have their bathroom renovated to accommodate for the use of wheelchairs. However renovating, or creating, a disability bathroom can be a challenge and there are a few things that need to be considered when you’re thinking about accessibility.
While falls can happen to anyone the older you grow the more common falls can become and as a result the more chance you can injure yourself. Most falls that occur happen in and around the home along in aged care facilities. However the good news is that there are a number of things that you can do to reduce your chances of falling and minimising injures should a fall occur.
Mobility scooters are useful when you want to go long distances or if you simply want to travel around your neighbourhood. All scooters have a motor that allows you to go the distance however there are different types of scooters depending on what you need from compact scooters to heavy duty scooters.
Only around 1 in 10 Australians over the age of 50 do enough exercises to gain any cardiovascular benefits. Some estimates suggests that half of the physical decline that comes with ageing may be due to a lack of physical activity. Various studies have shown that it’s never too late to get fit as the human body responds to exercises regardless of age and there are many health benefits.
In Australia an estimated 1.5 million people are involved in the care of someone living with dementia while an estimated 447,115 Australians are currently living with dementia with that number expected to increase to 589,807 by 2028 if there are no medical breakthroughs.
Regardless whether you work in the aged care and disability industry or you’re a carer who’s looking after a loved one, how to lift the patients the correct way applies to you. If patients are incorrectly lifted then not only can they become injured, but you could also strain your back and injure yourself in the process. That’s why when you want to lift patients up it’s important to keep these tips in mind and assess if there are any risks for either you or the patient when lifting them up.