Statistics show that while 50% of adults aged over 80 will fall at least once a year, in care homes this is three times more likely to happen. They also show that after the first fall there is a 40% increase in the likelihood they will fall a second or third time.
20% of fall patients over 65 admitted to hospital have been on the ground an hour or more, as a result of this 50% of these patients will die within six months.
This information alone is enough to show the scale of the challenge for care home professionals.
These figures show the effect a fall may have on a resident, however, the caregiver is also at risk of back injury or strain as a result of repetitive lifting and manual handling. Each year in the health and social care sector around 86,000 people report non-fatal workplace injuries, 50% of these injuries are a result of lifting and handling in care homes, 23% higher than in an office or retail setting.
The implications for the care sector are huge ranging from compensation claims and enhanced costs for agency personnel to overtime payments, reduced productivity and the training of new staff.
Yet evidence suggests that 40% of injuries due to lifting or transferring patients might have been prevented by using specialist lifting equipment such as the Mangar Camel lifting cushion and ELK lifting cushion.
For many years, as part of the research and development of our products, Mangar has worked directly with the social care workforce to reduce staff sickness and associated costs while at the same time encouraging greater staff productivity during a fall and because of improved back health. We continue to champion dignified care for residents who fall and are keen to reduce the pressure on hospitals and the emergency services.
Safe today means savings tomorrow for the care home sector.
The Raiser Lifting Cushion is designed to support and lift someone that is seated, helping them to get up and out of their chair.
The Camel is an emergency lifting cushion designed to provide a safe, dignified lift and is recognised as a unique manual handling aid that reduces the risk of injury to carergivers.
The ELK is an emergency lifting cushion designed to provide a safe, dignified lift and is recognised for reducing the risk of injury to caregivers.
Mangar Health is a member of the Winncare Group