What are the Health Hazards for Caregivers?

  • Posted by Lisa
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  • October 15, 2019
what are the health hazards for caregivers

Caregiver jobs, caregiver’s work-life, caregiver tips, caregiver portal ? I’m sure these are all things you’ve wondered when you are a new caregiver or planning to become caregiver-to-be, but more than anything, I’m sure you must be curious about the health hazards to be on the lookout for. So let’s talk….

Even though there is a wide scope of risks and uncertainties, by and large, fall into two noteworthy Categories: personal injury, and unsanitary home conditions.

General security/individual care hazards that could create a risk to successful care include dangerous neighborhoods, angry or violent patients and relatives, and even aggressive or pets that are not healthy. The surveyed caregivers have raised other concerns, including overheated/cooled room temperatures, poor indoor air quality, and unsanitary conditions, for example, the proximity of creepy crawlies and rodents.

Unsanitary conditions are a common worry, since the spread of contagious illness that sustained within the family unit is very much a problem, and different tasks in home care could introduce chances of infections or disease. Cross-contamination can put medically fragile elders in situations of threat. One room of potential worry is the bathroom. The spreading and survivability of bacteria and micro-organisms in family toilets and found that beads shaped during flushing could bring about the spread of germs on different bathroom surfaces and that the drops stayed airborne and viable in the long term. This may become a concern where the total population of bacteria is high and when people are particularly not immune to the required medical level. Family clothing is another prominent reason for worry because it can be the mode for the spread of illness. Suppose, the spread of Staphylococcus aureus by means of clothing, has been documented. This particular bacterium can cause pneumonia and even bone disease.

Medicinal waste has also become a cause for concern in the home care industry since the waste could function as a carrier of pathogenic microorganisms. Though the government regulates the transportation, stockpiling, and transfer of biomedical waste, but the home care scenario isn’t always effectively trained. Reports of sharps that were not properly disposed of are normal and can lead to needlestick wounds in caregivers, patients, family members, and trash collectors.
Urinary waste equipment typically kept flawless for patients with catheters, might be breached when the home care patient needs to utilize a leg bag.

Urinary waste equipment typically kept sanitized for patients with catheters, perhaps breached when the home care patient needs to use a leg bag.

The issue of home cleanliness, including sterilization practices, requires training. Sadly, despite so many regulations, we don’t yet have a national set-up for monitoring framework in the United States for human services related to adulteration in home care settings. Although the reports are dated up to an extent, a great amount of the research continues to be valid. The CDC website provides even more helpful insights with respect to this topic.

At last, a subject of unusual worry in-home care services, especially urban home care, is service misconduct and violence. An article by Geiger-Brown contains an exhaustive list of the dangers and hazard factors for violence in-home care. The few investigations that have covered the same have discovered that verbal abuse was the most common form of maltreatment. Multiple articles reported reasons for this: geographic area, high crime regions, inappropriate caregiver or patient behavior, and night shifts (with just staff announcing this last hazard factor).

Know the hazards. Know the risks that come with such a valuable job. Protect yourself.

Related blog posts:

How can Caregivers Handle the Emotional and Saddest Parts of Caregiving?
What do Caregivers Look for in a Home Care Agency Before Accepting the Job Offer?

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