Ageing population

24 March 2015

Our rapidly ageing population and the increasing numbers who are obese and larger will threaten to greatly increase the risk of injury to our health care workers, professionals and carers unless there is a change to the methods of care.

Direct and indirect financial costs also burden our society. Aged Care facilities suffer due to lost working hours and the cost of replacement staff. In addition healthy staff will improve the dignity, care and morale of their home.

Electronic hoists and lifting devices are a positive step to reducing injuries but are ineffective unless used in conjunction with purpose designed assistive clothing, also more efficient in nursing hours and another saving to the cost of dignified care.