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Ensuring Safe Handling for Caregivers and Patients

June is Safety Awareness Month. All across the country, companies and individuals focus their efforts on making their work spaces and every day lives a little bit safer.

Homecare safety is no different. It is extremely important for both the patient and the caregiver to practice safe lifting and transferring of the patient. Lifting and transferring happens so often in this field that it must be perfected to ensure the best quality care is being given and both parties are being cared for.

 Here are some tips on how to care for yourself during a home visit so that the highest quality care can be given to the patient:

Watch Your Step

Keeping your shoes on is one of the easiest ways for a homecare provider to prevent injury to themselves. When going to a patient’s home, you never know what the condition of the home is going to be. Wearing shoes prevents:

  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Stubbing toes
  • Stepping on something sharp
  • Stepping in/on something gross

Not injuring yourself ensures that you will not be out of work for an injury that could have been so easily prevented. It also ensures that you will have more time to care for the patient instead of tending to your injuries.

Are you worried about being culturally sensitive? Not to worry! Inform the patient that the reasoning behind keeping your shoes on is for your own safety and theirs. To make the patient feel more comfortable with you keeping your shoes on, try wearing shoe covers or bring a clean pair of shoes with you that you only wear inside the house.

Think Before You Act

A proper plan should be thought out before initiating a lift and transfer of a patient. Making a simple mental note of

  • Where the patient is
  • Where the patient needs to be
  • Patients limitations

Can help prevent unnecessary injuries to the caregiver. Planning ahead can prevent the caregiver from pulling a muscle, having inflamed joints, back pain, etc.. The extra 5 seconds taken to prepare for a lift and transfer also benefits the patients. By recalling any limitations the patient may have, the lift and transfer process becomes as painless as possible.

Use the Correct Tool for the Appropriate Action

Using the correct tool to lift and transfer a patient is beneficial to the wellbeing of both the client and caregiver. Tools are provided to the caregiver to aid in safely lifting and transferring a patient from one location to another. Using tools such as the

  • Hoyer lift
  • Track lift
  • Standing Lift (AKA Sara Lift)
  • Gat Belts

Will ensure that little to no injuries will be inflicted on the patient or the caregiver.

Bending Prevents Breaking

The size of the patient does not matter. Even if the caregiver is larger than the patient, the caregiver should still always practice safe and smart lifting techniques. It is always a good idea for the caregiver to always bend at the knees and not at the back. Bending at the back can inflict strains, pulls, and tears on muscles or even brake bones.

Protect Yourself

Here are some easy tips for keeping yourself safe and protected from any conflict that may arise during a home visit:

  • Make sure someone knows where you are at all times
  • Lock your purse or other personal belongings away out of sight if you choose to leave them in your vehicle
  • Keep your vehicle in good working order to avoid breaking down in undesirable locations
  • ALWAYS lock your car

Use PPE when handling patients such as gloves, masks, eye protection, and anything else you may feel is necessary.

Trust Your Instincts

If something feels wrong, you are most likely correct. Make sure when going to a house visit, there is no suspicious activity going on in or around the property. Your gut feeling is correct most of the time, which means you should act accordingly to get you and or your patient to a safe environment.

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Bullying of Students with Special Needs

As much as we may want to believe that bullying in schools has been decreasing within the past decade, we often forget that it takes on other forms that are not as visible as a black eye or a bloody nose.

How Bullying Occurs

Due to the advancement of technology and social media over the last twenty years, parents may not realize that their child is being bullied. Children with special needs face an even greater risk of becoming a victim. Not only do children endure bullying at school, but the harassment often follows them home via social media as well as through cellphone/tablet use. Research has found that kids tend to be crueler online than they are face-to-face. Children are bullied for different reasons. The things they can not change about themselves are used against them to cause pain and embarrassment. Some of the reasons for special needs children being bullied are:

  • Food allergies
  • Limited social skills
  • Physical, developmental, emotional, and/or sensory disabilities

 

The treatment these individuals receive for being different also leads to social isolation from their intolerant peers. This includes being excluded from playground games, not receiving invitations to birthday parties or other social events, being denied a seat at the lunch table, and so on. The constant harassment at home and at school can have a negative impact on a child’s social skills, self-esteem, and more. We at All Pointe Care and All Pointe Homecare are asking you to take action in your community to end bullying.

How Those Being Bullied are Affected

Without the proper guidance and support, it can be easy for the bullying that goes on at school to continue at home. Children can post public, insulting comments online at any time. Some of the most common effects of bullying on a young individual are:

 

  • Hindered social skills
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor self-image

When bullies use expressions that imply that victim is not as intelligent as their peers, it can have a negative influence on their self-esteem. Hearing their peers use these terms to describe them hinders their growth as independent individuals. In severe cases, victims of bullying have directed their attention to hurting themselves or others due to lack of support. They will often engage in self-harm or attempt suicide.

 

How we can help

Making small changes can send a wave of change throughout our community. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or peer of someone with special needs, there is always something you can do to help make these individuals feel accepted and welcomed. If you are a parent, you can:

  • Teach your child how they can address and cope with bullying by integrating these skills into conversation at home
  • Create all-inclusive activities at home, allowing everyone a task
  • Encourage participation in conversations and extracurricular activities
  • Create a buddy system or emergency plan in over-stimulating settings – such as the mall or grocery stores

 

Teachers can also do their part in the classroom:

  • Integrate a response to bullying into the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Become aware. Educate co-workers and students on the individual’s needs and the repercussions of certain actions (i.e. exposing someone to something they are allergic to)
  • Encourage and increase peer support in the classroom, lunchroom, and playground settings
  • Encourage students to work together to inspire participation and success for everyone in the classroom
  • Create all-inclusive activities in the classroom that give everyone a role
  • Create a buddy system during stressful times such as fire drills, emergencies, etc.
  • Establish social programs such as eating lunch together or unified sports

 

With the help of students, the teacher’s job will be much easier. Once students are educated that being different is normal, they can begin working together more efficiently. Peers of special needs children can:

  • Create inclusive games on the playground that allow everyone of all abilities to participate
  • Participate in buddy systems in over-stimulating environments
  • Encourage students who may be shy or uncomfortable in social environments to sit with you at lunch
  • Educate fellow peers on acceptance and how being different is okay

It takes one small ripple to make a wave. Imagine if our entire community could work together and encourage other communities to include and accept all individuals. Together, we could make the world more welcoming for everyone. All Pointe Care and All Pointe Homecare ask you to take these tips into consideration and actively integrate these new positive actions into your daily life. We are asking you to spread kindness and positivity. Together, we can make the world a little brighter!

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