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 Benefits Of A Safe Resident-Lifting Program

The following benefits can be derived from a safe-handling program that includes mechanical lifting equipment, worker training on the use of the lifts, and a written resident-lifting policy.

Benefits For Residents

  • Improved quality of care
  • Improved safety and comfort
  • Improved satisfaction
  • Reduced risk of falls, being dropped, friction burns, dislocated shoulders
  • Reduced skin tears and bruises

Benefits For Caregivers

  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Improved job satisfaction
  • Increased morale
  • Injured caregivers are less likely to be re-injured
  • Pregnant caregivers can work longer
  • Staff can work to an older age
  • More energy at the end of the work shift 
  • Less pain and muscle fatigue on a daily basis

Benefits For Employers

  • Reduced number and severity of staff injuries 
  • Improved resident safety
  • Reduced workers’ compensation medical and indemnity costs
  • Reduced lost workdays
  • Reduced restricted workdays
  • Reduced overtime and sick leave
  • Improved recruitment and retention of caregivers
  • Fewer resources required to replace injured staff

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, “Safe Lifting and Movement of Nursing Home Residents” handbook, February 2006

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