Decision makers, Cost of Care, Work Safety

 

Aid Products. A cost? A good investment? Or maybe even a management tool?
 
When the first aid products in lifting/transfer and hygiene were introduced in the 1970’ies, efficiency was the primary objective. It simply took “James” far too long to walk to the toilet with his small, careful steps. .. Couldn’t we just place him in a commode chair with wheels and get there a bit faster?
 
In the 1990’ies and the 00’oes the wave of work injuries hit and work safety became a focal point. The different aid products actually worked alright, but they were just not compatible. Leading to a situation where the staff became the “software”, which had to make things “play”. No wonder we have invalidations rates of up to 30% in the healthcare sector in the industrialized World and an absenteeism, which is 5 – 6 times that in other sectors.
 
Now, we are facing a new situation, where efficiency again demands our attention. The number of people in need of care – both elderly and extremely overweight – is exploding and the number of carers will fall dramatically over the coming 5 – 10 years. So, what do we do now? Do we give up and go home? Or is there a way out of this paradox, where human and financial needs can actually meet?
 
There is a way. Actually a way, where everybody wins!
 
It is really not that complicated. If you think in “processes” rather than in individual activities, it becomes possible to develop “Systems of Care” where you enter into a positive spiral.
 
The work environment is improved leading to reduced sick leave
   and a reduction in injury related early retirement.
Processes are optimized whereby care routines, which previously
   took 2 carers a lot of time, can be carried out safely
   and faster by one person
The carers spend less time on mechanics and more on caring,
   which motivates the caregivers, who chose their job,
   because they are interested in care, not in technical solutions
Total cost of Care (i.e. initial investment, maintenance and the
   wage costs associated with the aid product over its
   lifespan) is reduced, which makes it possible to invest even
   further in training, leading to new improvements in the
   work environment and thereby increased caregiver motivation….
 
If you are interested in discussing, how this process could be started up in your organisation, please contact our partner in your country or send us an e-mail to
 
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