People working by themselves, such as those working in home care environments or in intensive residential establishments, can face a number of personal health and safety risks. They also face different challenges to carers working as part of a team in a nursing home or a hospital.
Health and safety is a big issue with lone working, and home carers in particular are at risk from exposure to infection, slips, trips and falls and even violence and abuse. This is why it is important for carers to be trained in proper health and safety practices, as well as strategies which may reduce any risks faced on the job.
It is not only the carer who benefits from a lone worker training programme. The quality of care the patient or resident receives is also improved if you, as a carer, have received training on the challenges facing lone workers. These challenges include lifting and moving those receiving care, as well as the legal duties lone working carers have towards the people they look after.
With the right training, lone working carers can learn how to significantly improve the quality of life for elderly, vulnerable and disabled people throughout their careers.