If you work in a hospital, care home, children’s home or any other care environment, it is very important that you know how to properly and safely move and handle people, just in case you ever need to.
The best way to learn the techniques involved in safe moving and handling of people and get all the information you need is to take a care training course. Here are three reasons why it is imperative that you take a moving and handling training course:
1. An ill or disabled person could be really hurt if you don’t know how to move them safely. Even a slight bump to a limb can cause injury and infection, and falls could even be fatal.
2. You could get hurt unless you have the proper training. Without the right knowledge and training, you could be injured trying to move a patient or restrain someone who is displaying violent behaviour.
3. Unless you know how to move people safely, you could face legal action. If a patient or a member of their family feels that you have behaved unsafely, negligently or incorrectly during moving or handling processes and you haven’t undergone training, you and your employers could face a lawsuit and maybe even prosecution.
In order to raise standards in the basic care that care home residents receive and to protect elderly and vulnerable people from neglect and abuse, the Government is planning to introduce compulsory care training for all care home staff.
The measure was announced by Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat Minister for Care and Support, who said that a lack of training left pensioners in the hands of some people with “no idea what they are doing”. He also said:
“I would not want a loved one of mine – or indeed myself – to be cared for by someone who has no training”.
Mr Lamb now aims to put forward proposals to introduce nationwide minimum standards of care training for people working in care homes, believing that it is unacceptable that there are no such standards in place already.
Campaigners on this issue want all care workers to undergo medication awareness training, as well as training on nutrition, maintaining residents’ dignity and how to use certain types of required equipment.
If introduced, the new national standards of basic care training could also be extended to carers who visit people in their homes.
The care industry is always under more pressure to uphold standards than other industries especially when it comes to health and safety. This is only natural considering care homes and institutions are supposed to be professionals in health and care – this is their field and they ought to excel in it. That’s why varied and comprehensive health and safety training with a specific focus on the care home environment is essential for modern institutions.
The more varied and the more comprehensive the training that members of staff in care homes receive then the more varied and comprehensive their skills. This reflects positively on the care home itself in that it is able to offer higher quality care and the likelihood of standards being upheld is greater.
Care homes naturally want to attract business and positive testimonials by promoting the quality of the care they provide and by drawing people’s attention to the advanced care skills of their members of staff. This is why it is in everyone’s interest for proper training to be sought, even before the welfare of those admitted to the care home is taken into consideration.