Tuesday, November 12, 2013
McKnight's Long-Term Care News reports recent Bureau of Labor Statistics figures for work-place injury and illness in 2012 and the rates are surprisingly high (at least to me) for those working in long-term care. While private-sector nursing and residental care facility workers reported a comparatively high rate of 7.3% in 2012, state-run nursing homes had the highest of all incidents at 13%. By comparison, the incident rate for miners was 2.7% and construction workers was 3.6%.
As McKnight's comments, many injuries "occur when workers move residents." If the risk rate is this high in facilities that can be monitored, imagine how high the risk could be in home care settings, whether the caregivers are family members or paid workers and who are struggling, one on one, with ADLs and transfers.
This is another part of the challenge ahead of us for responding to the predicted need for greater numbers of trained caregivers.