Back injury prevention at home
Today in the UK, more than 1 in 10 of us are an unpaid carer, looking after a friend or family member with illness or disability. Unpaid carers are a particularly at‐risk group for back injury, due to the physical and psychological factors involved in caring for a loved one and often present to healthcare services as secondary patients.
6.5 million people in the UK are carers and this number continues to rise.
By 2037, it's anticipated that the number of carers will increase to 9 million.
Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility –that equals over 2 million people each year.
Over 1 million people care for more than one person.
625,000 people suffer mental and physical ill health as a direct consequence of the stress and physical demands of caring.
Over 1.3 million people provide over 50 hours of care per week.
Handicare stairlifts and moving and handling equipment can help to reduce the risk of back injury to carers in the home and improve manual handling tasks including assisting loved ones upstairs, transfers from chair, bed or toilet, lifting and positioning in bed and sit to stand.