Avoiding the pitfalls when using a single handed care approach
Providing care in a variety of settings is expensive and difficult to co-ordinate with a plethora of legal pitfalls (Harrison, 2020 and Mandelstam, 2020). We have an increasing number of over 65-year olds (NAO, 2018), will we have enough care givers to support these increasing numbers? The use of equipment, technology and training to move and handle a patient has been adopted across parts of the United Kingdom to avert this crisis, this is referred to as “single-handed care”. Evidence is available to show that this strategy has made significant monetary savings across the health and social care settings (Harrison, 2018) and solved problems associated with increased demand and limited availability of caregivers. The presentation will explore the solutions to avoiding the pitfalls ,sharing evidence of successful projects and strategies for implementation and how online technology can reduce barriers provide ongoing support (Webb, Harrison & Szczepura, 2016).