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Manual Handling Training for Aged Care Workers

Welcome to the Manual Tasks in Health Care & Aged Care course. This course has been designed to provide you with an understanding of why injuries from performing hazardous manual tasks occur, as well as some practical tips on how to work safely.

After completing this course, you will have an awareness of the relevant legislation and your responsibilities. You will also have an understanding of:

  1. the physical principles that relate to manual tasks
  2. how to perform hazardous manual tasks safely, and
  3. how to assess and reduce the risks associated with hazardous manual tasks. 

    This course has been designed to comply with best practice national health and safety standards. Terminology has been chosen for clarity and ease of comprehension across jurisdictions. For example, ‘employer’ has been used to signify the broader term ‘PCBU’, while ‘WHS’ represents both work and occupational health and safety.

    This training is not a substitute for professional legal advice. If you require further advice or information, please contact the health and safety regulator in your jurisdiction.

    A Certificate of Completion is issued on successful completion of the course and you are required to get an 80% pass mark to be deemed as understanding the content. It is recommended that training is conducted every 2 years to stay refreshed.

    Run time 50 minutes.

    More info on Manual handling in Aged Care Training

    Although manual handling is common in older care, many people don't understand what it means or why it's done. Many of our physiotherapy patients are in the age group of aged care so it is logical to discuss manual handling.

    We'll be discussing what manual handling is in aged care and the hazards associated with it. Also, we will discuss some of the equipment that can be used to manual handle. 

    What is manual handling in aged care?

    Manual handling is required for many occupations. It involves a wide range of tasks that are common, but not as common as you might think. Manual handling refers to any activity that requires someone to use force to:

    - Carry
    - Hold
    - Lift
    - Lower
    - Make a Move
    - Pull
    - Push
    - Restrictions

    The following is an extract from the Australian Government Department of Health Aged care is "The support given to older persons who are unable or need assistance in their own homes."

    Personal care workers, nurses, physios, and other caregivers of the elderly can perform manual handling. Training is vital to minimise risk.

    You will almost certainly need to do manual handling if you provide care for the elderly. Manual handling is required for many tasks in aged care, including:

    - Assistance walking
    - Wheelchair pushing
    - Assistance with standing and sitting
    - Moving, lifting, supporting or transporting patients
    - Moving or adjusting medical equipment, such as beds, wheelchairs, and trolleys.

    As many elderly patients need assistance with daily activities and medical care, manual handling is an essential part of aged care.

    Five Common Hazards of Manual Handling in Aged Care

    There are risks involved in manual handling of aged care. You should take extra care when handling tasks that require manual handling. Manual handling in aged care can pose several hazards, including the following:

    - Physical stress caused by incorrectly supporting, lifting or moving patients
    Neglecting to properly position patients when handling them
    - Physical stress caused by incorrectly moving or adjusting medical equipment, such as beds, trolleys, or wheelchairs
    - Moving or lifting too heavy medical equipment
    Patients with confusion or stress may be subject to violence

    The many manual tasks involved in aged care can lead to physical injuries. Untrained people may incorrectly perform or use dangerous manual handling techniques.

    This includes lifting objects too heavy, performing incorrect tasks or lifting them with an incorrect technique (e.g. from the lower back).

    A musculoskeletal injury is one of the most common outcomes of incorrect or unsafe manual handling techniques. Musculoskeletal injuries can be either short-term or long-lasting. These injuries can occur in muscles, nerves and joints.

    Here are some musculoskeletal injuries that can be seen in manual handling of aged care:

    - Abdominal hernias
    - Ligament damage
    - Strained or strained muscles
    - Herniated or prolapsed discs in the spine
    Tendonitis or damage to the tendon, most often in the shoulders, elbows, and wrists
    Nerve pain, nerve damage

    These musculoskeletal injuries could affect your work ability and your daily life. Manual handling training is essential for healthcare workers to avoid injury.

    The 5 most common hazards of manual handling in aged care are not a cause for concern if you have the right training and take precautions. Below is a brief overview of the proper techniques for three commonly-used tasks.

    Lifting:
    Lifts should be done from a semi-squat to avoid putting too much strain on the body. Make sure your abdominal muscles are engaged, and that your spine is straight.
    Lifting a heavy object or even a small one should be done from the legs.

    Pushing:
    Pushing is safer than pulling or lifting heavy objects.
    Pushing is best done with a broad base of support. Start movement with the lower limbs. Use your body weight to support your elbows and keep your elbows near your body.

    Pulling:
    Face the object that you are trying to pull and use your arms to pull it.
    Place your feet so that your body weight is evenly distributed. Then, move from the lower limbs.

    Moving around in an aged care facility is a common task. These tasks can be done lifting, pushing, pulling and other manual actions.

    Manual handling equipment in aged care

    You may often find yourself using manual handling equipment when you are in an aged care facility. Sometimes, it is called lifting and handling equipment.

    Both the healthcare provider and the patient's success depends on the ability to lift and handle equipment. Both patients and providers can reduce the chance of being injured or killed by this equipment. Patients will feel more independent with this equipment.

    8 pieces of equipment are commonly used for manual handling in aged care.

    1. Wheelchairs

    Wheelchairs are a very popular mobility aid. In Australia, up to 93% of residents in aged care facilities use them.
    Patients can move around in their own way with the help of a wheelchair.

    2. Stretchers

    Patients are transported to and from facilities using stretchers. Stretchers are used by providers to transport patients to their beds. They can be used to lift the patient off the stretcher or slide sheets.

    3. Slide Sheets

    Slide sheets are used to transfer patients to their beds and to adjust the patient's position in bed.

    4. Transfer Board

    Transfer boards, which are small pieces of manual handling equipment, allow providers to safely and quickly move patients while they are seated or lying down. Transfer boards can be used to transfer patients from their chairs or wheelchairs to their beds, baths and cars.

    5. Mobile Hoists

    Mobile hoists can be used in many places, including aged care facilities and private homes. Mobile hoists can lift and move patients. These hoists can be used with stretchers, slings and other equipment to help patients get out of bed.

    6. Ceiling Hoists

    Ceiling hoists can also be used in private homes and aged care facilities. These hoists are similar to mobile hoists, but they can be permanently tracked and mounted to the ceiling.

    7. Slings

    There are many sizes of slings and they can be used to help patients move from sitting or lying down to standing. Slings can also be used for bathing and dressing. Many times, slings can be used with hoists.

    8. Transfer Belts

    Also known as walking or handling belts, transfer belts are also called walking belts. They are worn around the waist of patients and have handles that providers can hold onto to assist mobile patients.

    Manual handling equipment can make aged care more comfortable and safer for both the patient and the provider.

    Manual handling training for healthcare workers

    Manual handling training is essential for healthcare workers in order to provide the best possible care and minimize hazards.

    Training may be offered by employers to employees. Employers may offer training to employees.

    Manual handling training could be required depending on your location.

    You can reduce your liability and improve safety at work by completing manual handling training. This will also increase the satisfaction of your patients.

    Family members can receive one-on-one training to assist elderly relatives at home. This will greatly improve your quality of life and the lives of your loved ones. This can help you feel more at ease in assisting with daily tasks.

    OHS.com.au offers online training services 24 hors a day. Courses can be purchased online and certificates are generated at the end of program.

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      Course Highlights:

      • On-demand Training
      • Complete on Any Device
      • Quality Focused
      • Fast Certification
      • Tax Deductable
      • 100% Online
      • 24 Months Unlimited Course Access
      • Self-print Certificate

      "Very detailed information, with the ability to shuffle and skip past parts that I knew. I actually enjoyed doing it. I was refreshed after completing the course. All in all, a fantastic refresher course."

      Luke W.

      "Straight forward and easy to understand. Thanks, OHS this is my second Refresher course."

      Anonymous

      "Quick & relatively easy, done from the comfort of home."

      David B

      "Really great courses on OHS website, would use this site again."

      Rhys

      Learning Outcomes

      • Understanding Manual Handling: By taking part in this online manual handling for aged care training, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of the importance of correct manual handling techniques within a healthcare setting, especially when caring for the elderly.
      • Prevention of Injuries: You'll learn how to prevent both short-term and long-term musculoskeletal injuries related to incorrect manual handling. This knowledge will empower you to provide safe and efficient care.
      • Legislation Awareness: Gain an in-depth understanding of the legal obligations, rights, and responsibilities of manual handling in healthcare. This understanding is crucial in maintaining a safe working environment and adhering to industry standards.
      • Risk Assessment: Learn how to identify and assess manual handling risks in an aged care environment. This ability will allow you to create safer procedures for yourself and others and improve the overall safety of your workplace.
      • Usage of Manual Handling Equipment: You'll become proficient in the use of various manual handling equipment such as wheelchairs, hoists, transfer belts, and more. This competency will enhance your ability to provide superior care to your elderly patients.
      • Enhancement of Patient Care: With the skills learned from this manual handling certificate course, you'll be equipped to provide better physical support to your patients, improving their comfort and safety during their time in your care.
      • Certificate of Completion Outcome: Our course is widely accepted in industry organisations. Completing the course and the associated theoretical assessment will grant you a Certificate of completion outcome, adding credibility to your qualifications and enhancing your professional profile.
      • Flexible Online Learning: The course is offered online, allowing you to study at your own pace and convenience. This flexibility enables you to balance your learning with work, family, or other commitments.

      ADDITIONAL EXTRA BONUSES with OHS.com.au

      Claim up to $1271.95 worth of Extra Bonuses
      with every purchase

      • Your personal copy of Safety Legends E-Book (value $39.95)
      • $100 off your first case from Naked Wines (value $100)
      • Upto 350,000 Bonus AMEX Frequent Flyer points* (value $1000)
      • Complimentary Access to two online courses** (value $132)
      $1271.95 EXTRA VALUE - JUST FOR YOU INSIDE!
      * New customers when you successfully sign up for a new personal / business credit card ** Indigenous Cultural Awareness / Impacts of Climate Change courses

      WHO IS IT FOR?

      This manual handling training for aged care workers course is ideal for nurses, care workers, physiotherapists, volunteers in aged care, and even family members providing care for the elderly at home. It's equally beneficial for managerial staff within aged care facilities who seek a deeper understanding of practical tasks. If your role involves aiding the elderly in any capacity, this course is essential for your WHS training online.

      Benefits to Healthcare Organisations

      • Improved Patient Care

        Continuous training sharpens healthcare workers' skills, leading to enhanced patient treatment.

      • Higher Competence

        Ongoing learning instils confidence and competence in healthcare professionals.

      • Regulatory Compliance

        Regular training ensures healthcare organisations adhere to industry regulations.

      • Competitive Advantage

        Providing ongoing learning opportunities attracts and retains a higher number of members.

      • Error Reduction

        Healthcare training helps minimise mistakes in patient care by reinforcing best practices.

      • Promotes Growth

        Investing in education fosters a culture of learning and growth, enhancing job satisfaction among members.

      Got multiple people needing to do a course? We will get back to you within a day!

      COURSE OUTLINE

      Our in-depth Manual Handling Training for Aged Care Workers is specifically tailored to equip you with the knowledge and techniques required to ensure safety in manual handling tasks. It comprehensively covers understanding the legislation, physical principles, hazardous task assessments, and methods for the safe execution of these tasks.

      You’ll learn the essentials of safe manual handling in aged care, including relevant legislation, physical principles, and risk assessment techniques. The practical application of manual handling equipment is emphasised. By completing this course, you'll receive a industry recognised Certificate of Completion, aligning with certifications in occupational health and safety and aged care.

      Upon successful completion of the "Manual Handling Training for Aged Care Workers" course, you will receive a industry recognised Certificate of Completion. This certificate validates your achievement and demonstrates your theoertical understanding of the course content, ensuring its recognition across the country.

      Our assessment process includes a series of online tests to evaluate your grasp of the course content. To stay updated, we recommend retaking this training every two years.

      No prior experience or training is needed. All health care and aged care workers, including nurses, personal care workers, and family members providing care for elderly relatives at home, are welcome to join this course.

      You will be awarded a Certificate of Completion upon successfully achieving an 80% pass mark.

      Student Reviews

      Do I need any prior experience or qualifications to take this course?

      No prior experience or specific qualifications are needed. This course is designed to benefit both novices and experienced healthcare professionals who wish to improve their manual handling techniques.

      How long is the course?

      The course duration varies depending on the learner's pace, but on average, it takes about 8 hours to complete, which you can split over several days or weeks.

      Can I take this course online, or is it in person only?

      This course is designed to be taken online for your convenience, allowing you to learn at your own pace and in your environment.

      Is there a practical component to the course, given that it's about manual handling?

      While the course is primarily theoretical, it includes video demonstrations and interactive activities to help learners grasp the practical aspect of manual handling.

      Do I receive a certification upon completion of this course?

      Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certification that you can use to demonstrate your competence in manual handling in aged care.

      What if I don't pass the course on my first attempt?

      The course has been designed to maximise learning and success. If you do not pass the first time, you can review the material and retake the assessment at no additional cost.

      Will I be able to access the course content after completion?

      Yes, you'll have continued access to the course material even after you've completed it, so you can revisit the content anytime for a refresher.

      Is this course recognised by healthcare organisations?

      This course is designed based on industry standards and best practices. It is recognised by many healthcare organisations and agencies.

      Can I interact with an instructor if I have questions or need further explanation?

      While the course is primarily self-guided, you have the option to interact with an instructor via email or scheduled webinars for any questions or clarifications.

      Can this course be taken by someone outside of the healthcare industry, like a family member who cares for an elderly relative?

      Absolutely. This course is perfect for anyone who assists in caring for the elderly, including family members, friends, or even volunteers. It provides the necessary knowledge and skills to handle your loved ones safely.

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        "Very detailed information, with the ability to shuffle and skip past parts that I knew. I actually enjoyed doing it. I was refreshed after completing the course. All in all, a fantastic refresher course."

        Luke W.

        "Straight forward and easy to understand. Thanks, OHS this is my second Refresher course."

        Anonymous

        "Quick & relatively easy, done from the comfort of home."

        David B

        "Really great courses on OHS website, would use this site again."

        Rhys

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        Learning Outcomes

        • Understanding Manual Handling: By taking part in this online manual handling for aged care training, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of the importance of correct manual handling techniques within a healthcare setting, especially when caring for the elderly.
        • Prevention of Injuries: You'll learn how to prevent both short-term and long-term musculoskeletal injuries related to incorrect manual handling. This knowledge will empower you to provide safe and efficient care.
        • Legislation Awareness: Gain an in-depth understanding of the legal obligations, rights, and responsibilities of manual handling in healthcare. This understanding is crucial in maintaining a safe working environment and adhering to industry standards.
        • Risk Assessment: Learn how to identify and assess manual handling risks in an aged care environment. This ability will allow you to create safer procedures for yourself and others and improve the overall safety of your workplace.
        • Usage of Manual Handling Equipment: You'll become proficient in the use of various manual handling equipment such as wheelchairs, hoists, transfer belts, and more. This competency will enhance your ability to provide superior care to your elderly patients.
        • Enhancement of Patient Care: With the skills learned from this manual handling certificate course, you'll be equipped to provide better physical support to your patients, improving their comfort and safety during their time in your care.
        • Certificate of Completion Outcome: Our course is widely accepted in industry organisations. Completing the course and the associated theoretical assessment will grant you a Certificate of completion outcome, adding credibility to your qualifications and enhancing your professional profile.
        • Flexible Online Learning: The course is offered online, allowing you to study at your own pace and convenience. This flexibility enables you to balance your learning with work, family, or other commitments.

        ADDITIONAL EXTRA BONUSES with OHS.com.au

        Claim up to $1271.95 worth of Extra Bonuses
        with every purchase

        • Your personal copy of Safety Legends E-Book (value $39.95)
        • $100 off your first case from Naked Wines (value $100)
        • Upto 350,000 Bonus AMEX Frequent Flyer points* (value $1000)
        • Complimentary Access to two online courses** (value $132)
        $1271.95 EXTRA VALUE - JUST FOR YOU INSIDE!
        * New customers when you successfully sign up for a new personal / business credit card ** Indigenous Cultural Awareness / Impacts of Climate Change courses

        WHO IS IT FOR?

        This manual handling training for aged care workers course is ideal for nurses, care workers, physiotherapists, volunteers in aged care, and even family members providing care for the elderly at home. It's equally beneficial for managerial staff within aged care facilities who seek a deeper understanding of practical tasks. If your role involves aiding the elderly in any capacity, this course is essential for your WHS training online.

        Benefits to Healthcare Organisations

        • Improved Patient Care

          Continuous training sharpens healthcare workers' skills, leading to enhanced patient treatment.

        • Higher Competence

          Ongoing learning instils confidence and competence in healthcare professionals.

        • Regulatory Compliance

          Regular training ensures healthcare organisations adhere to industry regulations.

        • Competitive Advantage

          Providing ongoing learning opportunities attracts and retains a higher number of members.

        • Error Reduction

          Healthcare training helps minimise mistakes in patient care by reinforcing best practices.

        • Promotes Growth

          Investing in education fosters a culture of learning and growth, enhancing job satisfaction among members.

        COURSE OUTLINE

        Our in-depth Manual Handling Training for Aged Care Workers is specifically tailored to equip you with the knowledge and techniques required to ensure safety in manual handling tasks. It comprehensively covers understanding the legislation, physical principles, hazardous task assessments, and methods for the safe execution of these tasks.

        Student Reviews

        Do I need any prior experience or qualifications to take this course?

        No prior experience or specific qualifications are needed. This course is designed to benefit both novices and experienced healthcare professionals who wish to improve their manual handling techniques.

        How long is the course?

        The course duration varies depending on the learner's pace, but on average, it takes about 8 hours to complete, which you can split over several days or weeks.

        Can I take this course online, or is it in person only?

        This course is designed to be taken online for your convenience, allowing you to learn at your own pace and in your environment.

        Is there a practical component to the course, given that it's about manual handling?

        While the course is primarily theoretical, it includes video demonstrations and interactive activities to help learners grasp the practical aspect of manual handling.

        Do I receive a certification upon completion of this course?

        Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certification that you can use to demonstrate your competence in manual handling in aged care.

        What if I don't pass the course on my first attempt?

        The course has been designed to maximise learning and success. If you do not pass the first time, you can review the material and retake the assessment at no additional cost.

        Will I be able to access the course content after completion?

        Yes, you'll have continued access to the course material even after you've completed it, so you can revisit the content anytime for a refresher.

        Is this course recognised by healthcare organisations?

        This course is designed based on industry standards and best practices. It is recognised by many healthcare organisations and agencies.

        Can I interact with an instructor if I have questions or need further explanation?

        While the course is primarily self-guided, you have the option to interact with an instructor via email or scheduled webinars for any questions or clarifications.

        Can this course be taken by someone outside of the healthcare industry, like a family member who cares for an elderly relative?

        Absolutely. This course is perfect for anyone who assists in caring for the elderly, including family members, friends, or even volunteers. It provides the necessary knowledge and skills to handle your loved ones safely.

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          Course Highlights:

          • On-demand Training
          • Complete on Any Device
          • Quality Focused
          • Fast Certification
          • Tax Deductable
          • 100% Online
          • 24 Months Unlimited Course Access
          • Self-print Certificate

          "Very detailed information, with the ability to shuffle and skip past parts that I knew. I actually enjoyed doing it. I was refreshed after completing the course. All in all, a fantastic refresher course."

          Luke W.

          "Straight forward and easy to understand. Thanks, OHS this is my second Refresher course."

          Anonymous

          "Quick & relatively easy, done from the comfort of home."

          David B

          "Really great courses on OHS website, would use this site again."

          Rhys
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