Caregiver Tips: How to Avoid Injuries While Caring for a Patient
The health and safety of our caregivers is a priority for Blessings4Ever. In an effort to promote safety in the work place, we want to provide resources and information to help our caregivers succeed. Especially during this time when caregivers are front line essential healthcare workers, their safety has to be a priority. In order to avoid injuries as a caregiver, please use the following guidelines to assist you.
Use safe movement practices while on the job. Assess your bodily limitations. Do you have pain in your joints or experience back pain? You may be pushing your body past its capabilities.
Use the proper equipment when transferring a patient or assisting a patient with mobility issues. You may need additional training, such as learning how to use a Hoyer lift, but the training will definitely pay off when you are able to effectively transfer a patient and avoid injuring yourself as well as the patient.
Know your limitations and ask for help. Sometimes families have informal support that are able to help you complete a difficult task. If you're unsure about how to safely complete a task, call our care coordination team. They will be more than happy to help you navigate the situation.
Seek out additional training. You may need to find new courses to take or resources to read to provide yourself with information and training on how to keep yourself safe as a caregiver. In addition to our blog, caregiver.com offers great articles and resources for caregivers.
If you have any questions or would like to speak to a professional about caregiver safety, please call Blessings4Ever at (215)425-3950. Thank you!