2.6m people in the UK – around 40% of carers – have been injured as a result of their caring role.
That’s according to new research from a specialist hoist supplier which says that many of these injuries could have been avoided if appropriate moving and handling equipment was used.
Closomat, which supplies hoists and bathroom equipment, noted that £1bn of Carers Allowance allegedly goes unclaimed ever year because carers are not aware of the available support.
Robin Tuffley, Closomat’s marketing manager, said that local authorities have a legal duty to support carers, and to help them avoid health and safety risks.
“The NHS advises that Government funding is available to help carers with their moving and handling requirements – specifically, to help their loved one get in and out of bed, a chair, showering and toileting.”
“These are everyday tasks, but ones that place significant strain on carers’ backs. Simply providing equipment such as a hoist, toilet lifter, or height-adjustable shower seat or WC can significantly reduce risk of injury to the carer- and the person being cared for. It’s significantly cheaper than providing a care worker to go in and help a carer in transfer situations, or the cost to the NHS in treating the back injury.”
Closomat says its ceiling track hoist can carry up to 200kg (31stone), and can be moved to wherever it is needed in the room, or home.
The configuration options mean the carer can position it with precision wherever needed. The hoist is designed to support the user as needed, and be simple for the carer to transfer.
Meanwhile, Closomat’s Aerolet toilet lift replicates the natural motion of standing up and sitting down, but supports the user throughout the process. It gently raises and lowers them over the toilet, whilst enabling their feet to remain in contact with the floor and maintaining the centre of gravity above the feet for balance.
Electronically operated via convenient buttons in the arms, the unit can be controlled by user or carer.