Single Handed Care
Adaptations, provisional of suitable moving and handling equipment, occupational therapist and care staff training can potentially reduce the need for two or more carers to assist in personal care needs.
As part of a number of processes designed to improve efficiencies and deliver much needed cost savings, an increasing number of authorities are adopting the Single Handed Care model to those who have been assessed as suitable for such a care package.
Lynch Healthcare can assist with training and equipment supply which can improve efficiency and deliver proven cost savings to local authorities.
Single Handed Care Introduction Video
This video was shot at a recent Single Handed Care roadshow event in Northumberland
Single Handed Care Equipment
Below is a selection of equipment often used to facilitate single handed care. These typically fall into three categories: Sit to Stand, Bed Mobility and Hoisting Equipment.
Sit to stand equipment
Specialist sit to stand equipment can potentially help reduce carer numbers when combined with correct and thorough training.
Molift Raiser with Strap and Sleeve
The Raiser is a standing transfer platform designed for short transfers. When combined with the Strap and Sleeve it can be used to facilitate single carer transfers with the Strap and Sleeve offering enhanced support for the service user both during the stand and the transfer.
The Molift Raiser with Strap and Sleeve can be used by one carer where risk assessed as safe to do so.
Molift Quick Raiser 205
The Molift Quick Raiser is a powered stand aid for those that require additional standing assistance.The Molift Quick Raiser 205 features a unique spreader bar and sling that keeps service users well supported at the pelvis and mid-torso position for a safe and secure transfer.
The Molift Quick Raiser 205 can potentially reduce carer numbers where risk assessed as safe to do so.
Bed Mobility Equipment
Bed Mobility equipment can help to reposition and roll users with ease.
Etac Satin Sheet System
The Etac Satin Sheet System is an in-bed management system used with service users that have some level of bed mobility. The Etac Satin Sheet System can be used with or without a hoist to facilitate re-positioning and rolling of service users.
Etac 4 Way Glide System
The Etac 4 Way Glide System is an in-bed management system used with service users that have more complex re-positioning or rolling requirements.The Etac 4 Way Glide has a more structured top sheet and can be used with or without a hoist to facilitate turning and rolling of service users.
Both systems have been pressure mapped for safe use on pressure-relieving mattresses.
The use of gantry and fixed tracks along with in-situ slings can often help with reducing carer numbers.
Gantry and Ceiling Track Hoists
A gantry or fixed ceiling track hoist is often used in Single Handed Care to reduce moving and handling risks when hoisting. These types of hoists are far easier to operate than a conventional mobile hoist, particularly for one carer.
Breathable in-situ slings are slings which are specially designed to be left under a service user for extended periods of time.An in-situ sling is left in place under the client, thus removing the difficulties of fitting and removing the sling.
In-situ slings are pressure mapped for safe use on pressure-relieving cushions.