It’s Hallowe’en, and we all like to give eachother a bit of a scare. However, did you know, if you don’t provide regular training for your carer, your carer can sue you if they get injured at work? That’s a bit too scary, even for Halowe’en.

As a professional care agency, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulates us. My staff are under regular supervision, undergoing professional development training on an ongoing basis. This is obviously not the case for individuals who manage their own carers. They do not have the same facilities and access to training as a homecare company, and this can raise issues.

The biggest issue is that individuals who are on manage their own care packages are legally responsible in the event that their carer gets injured while on the job. For example carers regularly damage their backs while moving or trying to assist an elderly person. If you employ a carer, and you haven’t provided regular training, you are liable to get sued if anything happens to the carer while at work.

You can easily avoid this situation by providing e-learning training on ‘moving and handling’. It is also essential to check that the carer’s knowledge is applied in the elderly person’s own home. Another necessary step is to assess what risks there might be and to ensure that the carer is aware of these risks. This is easily done by a simple risk assessment.

Caring, Sharing & Company Ltd offers a solution to this issue by providing easy access for training carers. We ensure that every carer not only has the knowledge required, but also we test them with an assessment in the workplace. It’s essential to take the unique aspects of each client and each client’s home into account.

It is important to remember that an elderly person’s home is not a clinical and safe environment. Beds and chairs will not necessarily be of the correct height for a carer to work with safely. Navigating corners and corridors or trying to move an elderly person in a tight confined space are perfect examples of an accident waiting to happen. It only takes one inappropriate twist or a poorly executed lift to pull a muscle or cause a disc in the spine to become dislodged.

If the family or the person employing the carer has undertaken measures to ensure that the carer has proper equipment and is properly trained and informed of all the risks, then if an accident does occur, the employer can show that they have taken all possible precautions to inform and support. In this case, you have protected yourself against any legal case if anyone does get injured. Scare averted.