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Company notice: MiniLift125 SWL upgrade

From Monday 15th June 2020, the MiniLift125 will be available with a SWL of 160kg and consequently, will be re-named the MiniLift160 Classic – the same compact MiniLift125 that healthcare professionals have grown to love, with an upgraded Safe Working Load to 160kg/ 25 stone.

Ethos Wellbeing

Introducing Ethos Wellbeing – a Structured Movement Therapy Programme for Covid-19 survivors developed in partnership with Personally ProActive.

The demand for rehabilitation therapists and services is expected to grow significantly, creating a tsunami of rehabilitation needs across the UK. Ethos Wellbeing has been designed to improve clinical outcomes through early rehabilitation, mobility and recovery.

Case study: EthosGPS remote assessment tool

A recent EthosGPS remote assessment with Handicare Business Development Manager John Harrison (North East) ensured that the correct and timely supply of equipment during Covid-19 lockdown enabled single handed care, whilst also reducing the risk of a moving and handling injury to the family member and carers.

Moving and Handling for the COVID-19 patient by Deborah Harrison

COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital often require assistance with general mobility and need to sit upright due to breathing difficulties. If the patient’s condition deteriorates, then often the patient will benefit from the lying in a prone position, this can be performed either conscious with minimal of assistance, to unconscious requiring full assistance and ventilation.

Top tips to prevent a fall this winter, and prevent A&E winter pressures...

As a result of a fall, people may lose their confidence, independence or perhaps go into long term care. Falvey, Mangione & Stevens-Lapsley (2015) state that hospitalised older people are 61 times more likely to develop difficulty in active daily living than those who are not hospitalised. Consequently, falls cost the NHS over £2bn and over 4million bed days per year*.

Here's our top tips to prevent a fall, and an A&E admission this winter...

Preventing falls when your client needs to stand

‘Falls are the number one reason older people are taken into A&E’. According to Public Health England, falls are the most common cause of death from injury in the over 65’s and are the number one factor for a person losing independence and going into long term care.

Over 58,000 health and care professionals report a work related musculoskeletal injury each year

If you are regularly moving and handling the person you care for, you could be at risk of causing injury not to only your client, but also to yourself.

Whilst many of us are aware that those who are regularly moving and handling the person they care for are at an increased risk of causing injury to themselves and the person they are caring for, statistics from the HSE Report (Oct 2018) suggests that there’s still room for improvement…

A future vision

Handicare MHBS & guest speakers share their future vision of enablement and integrated working...

Case Study: Trips and Falls Prevention at Southmead Hospital

Trips and falls had been a huge issue within Southmead Hospital. Since the £430m hospital opened in May 2015, there have been over 700 falls recorded, a 19% increase compared to the same period the year before. In three months, nine patients suffered hip fractures, two sustained skull hemorrhages, three suffered thigh fractures, and one patient had serious facial fractures, all caused by falls.

In the spotlight: Meet Sam Rodgers

In this 'In the spotlight', we talk with Sam Rodgers, Business Development Manager for London North about his role, the industry, his life outside of work and the values that drive him every day...

The Handicare team are 'Dementia Friends'!

A staggering 1 in 14 people aged over 65 will develop dementia and according to the NHS someone will develop dementia every 3 minutes.

The Dementia Friends initiative helped develop our teams awareness of the disease and how we think, act and talk about dementia when meeting someone living with dementia during a joint assessment, or in our every day lives.