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Practical Guidelines & Checklist for Resident Handling

Useful Checklist for Nursing Homes

1.     Manual handling equipment management; including identifying gaps in equipment needs

2.     Use of handling aids

3.     Equipment evaluation prior to procurement to ensure compatibility

4.     Training in the use of patient hoists, sling fitting and/or transfer aids such as slide sheets

5.     Training clinical staff in patient handling techniques

6.     Installation of appropriate ramps, doors etc. to allow hoist access

7.     Regular preventative maintenance programmes for equipment and facilities

8.     Regular staff refresher for equipment and manual handling training

9.     Be able to demonstrate manual handling policy, full compliance and familiarity with legal health and safety requirements

10.   Consultation with health professionals in the assessment, selection and use of equipment

11.   Accident and Incident reporting and investigation

12.   Corrective action and future risk management

13.   Assessment of staff core competencies to implement training, assessment, and managing patient transfer tasks under their supervision

14.   Identify patient type, medication, handling activities and patient ability

15.   Understanding of patient transfer scenarios such as supine to seated, walking, toileting, bathing/showering, floor to standing etc.

Always adhere and refer to government health and safety guidelines. The information given in these pages are just that, information to support end users and practitioners who use Silvalea equipment. This information should be used as a guide only and practitioners, caregivers and nursing establishments should always refer, understand and adhere to the laws governing moving and handling in health and social care.


Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, amended 2004

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998

Human Rights Act 1998 — Mental Capacity Act 1998