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Working and living with home care - a workplace for one, a home for the other

Johansson, Gerd LU ; Persson, Johanna LU ; Olander, Elin LU and Erlingsdottir, Gudbjörg LU (2015) 19th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association In [Host publication title missing]
Abstract
As home care increases and care is moving from nursing homes and hospitals into people’s homes,

there are problem areas that need to be addressed and solved in a better way than today. Nurses and

other home care workers are exposed to serval risks when the patients’ home environment becomes

their workplace. There are also serval risks for the patients when their homes are transferred into

“small hospitals”. This paper presents the initial results from a study to identify the need for

improvements in the physical environment in home care, from the perspective of both employees and

patients, and to generate useful and attractive solutions. Interviews and observations were carried... (More)
As home care increases and care is moving from nursing homes and hospitals into people’s homes,

there are problem areas that need to be addressed and solved in a better way than today. Nurses and

other home care workers are exposed to serval risks when the patients’ home environment becomes

their workplace. There are also serval risks for the patients when their homes are transferred into

“small hospitals”. This paper presents the initial results from a study to identify the need for

improvements in the physical environment in home care, from the perspective of both employees and

patients, and to generate useful and attractive solutions. Interviews and observations were carried out,

where staff members from three different healthcare teams in one municipality in Sweden were

observed during their care giving shift in patients’ homes. The results indicate that care is often

provided in a specific place in the home. Inadequate resources for hygiene, working surfaces or

lighting result in non-ergonomic work postures, eye strain, and other risks for the practitioner and the

patient. Many situations and activities are not performed in a standardized manner but open to

individual differences. The interviews turned out to be the wrong approach for identifying the need for

improvements, while observations through shadowing proved to be more suitable.

Practitioner Summary: The amount of advanced care and technology being moved into ordinary

homes is increasing. This creates the need for a physical design of the interior of the home

environment which decreases the risks for both staff and patients, and creates a pleasant home

environment. This study identified various objects and work situations that need improvement. Many of

the homes visited lacked support for ergonomic work postures, hygienic work surfaces, adequate

lighting and appropriate places to store materials. (Less)
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Lindgaard, Gitte and Moore, Dave
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International Ergonomics Association
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19th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association
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there are problem areas that need to be addressed and solved in a better way than today. Nurses and<br/><br>
other home care workers are exposed to serval risks when the patients’ home environment becomes<br/><br>
their workplace. There are also serval risks for the patients when their homes are transferred into<br/><br>
“small hospitals”. This paper presents the initial results from a study to identify the need for<br/><br>
improvements in the physical environment in home care, from the perspective of both employees and<br/><br>
patients, and to generate useful and attractive solutions. Interviews and observations were carried out,<br/><br>
where staff members from three different healthcare teams in one municipality in Sweden were<br/><br>
observed during their care giving shift in patients’ homes. The results indicate that care is often<br/><br>
provided in a specific place in the home. Inadequate resources for hygiene, working surfaces or<br/><br>
lighting result in non-ergonomic work postures, eye strain, and other risks for the practitioner and the<br/><br>
patient. Many situations and activities are not performed in a standardized manner but open to<br/><br>
individual differences. The interviews turned out to be the wrong approach for identifying the need for<br/><br>
improvements, while observations through shadowing proved to be more suitable.<br/><br>
Practitioner Summary: The amount of advanced care and technology being moved into ordinary<br/><br>
homes is increasing. This creates the need for a physical design of the interior of the home<br/><br>
environment which decreases the risks for both staff and patients, and creates a pleasant home<br/><br>
environment. This study identified various objects and work situations that need improvement. Many of<br/><br>
the homes visited lacked support for ergonomic work postures, hygienic work surfaces, adequate<br/><br>
lighting and appropriate places to store materials.},
  author       = {Johansson, Gerd and Persson, Johanna and Olander, Elin and Erlingsdottir, Gudbjörg},
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  title        = {Working and living with home care - a workplace for one, a home for the other},
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