Working in a care home or nursing home is a rewarding job. But it is also one of the most challenging and unless the employer devotes sufficient resources to ensure there is a safe system of work it can also be one of the most dangerous.
Caring for the elderly or mentally ill can involve the most minor of tasks such as providing a glass of water to the most strenuous lifting of infirm patients.
If you have sustained an injury from working in a care home and believe you are entitled to compensation, contact our experienced team of solicitors today on 0161 820 9529, for a free consultation.
Different types of injuries occurring in care homes
- Heavy un-assisted lifting
- Collapsing and unstable care home furniture and seating
- Slipping on spillages
- Assaults by aggressive patients with illnesses such as; dementia, Alzheimer's, cerebral palsy, and down syndrome
Employers must consider all aspects of the care home and the employee's duties. Detailed risk assessments must be carried out and where practicable steps taken to reduce the risk to an employee being injured.
Risk of injury when working in a care home
Home Caring involves additional challenges with the work environment changing daily. It is important that employer make sure that you have sufficient training and where necessary sufficient support to carry out your care duties without increased risk of injury.
- Recklessly expecting unaccompanied employees to deal with aggressive patients
- Unsecured wardrobes falling onto employees
- Failing to carry out systematic inspections and cleaning to remove spillages
- Failing to realise the risk to employees following aggressive patient behaviour
- Failure to install correct lifting equipment to assist the transfer of patients to bed
- Failing to train employees in the safe handling of aggressive Patients/residents
- Failing to provide Manual Handling training to employees
These are just some of the reason why your Care Home/Nursing Home employers may be held responsible for injuries suffered by employees.