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Case Study Workplace design for a geriatric nurse


The employer is a nursing home with 49 nursing places.

Disability and functional limitation of the employee:

The woman has a knee and hip joint impairment. Activities that require frequent as well as heavy carrying and lifting should therefore be avoided. This is especially true when performing activities in certain postures or forced postures (bent over, kneeling, etc.). The GdB (degree of disability) is 50.

Training and job:

The trained geriatric nurse has been working for the employer for several years. During this time she also completed further training to become a specialist in gerontological psychiatry.

Workplace and work task:

The workplace is located in the basement of the nursing home. There she looks after 14 nursing home residents in a day group. In doing so, she takes meals with the residents, provides them and assists with food intake. In addition to care activities as needed (going to the toilet, helping with changing clothes, etc.), her duties also include basic care on the ward (washing, etc.). Due to her handicap, she finds it particularly difficult to get the residents upright for washing and to transfer them from the bed to the wheelchair and from the wheelchair to chairs or armchairs. By using a mobile lifting aid with an electrically extendable chassis and footboard, the geriatric nurse is able to lift and transfer the residents without the physical strain and help of other nurses. The standing aid also offers the possibility to train the musculature through standing exercises and thus to maintain the mobility of the residents.

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Further Information

The workplace design was funded by the Integration and Inclusion Office.

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Last Update: 27 May 2010