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Case Study Workplace design for a nurse's aide in a retirement home


The employer is a nursing home.

Disability and functional limitation of the employee:

The woman has a degenerative change of the lumbar and cervical spine and an illness of the shoulder joints. She should not perform any heavy lifting or carrying work and avoid frequent and permanent use of certain postures (bent or stooped). The GdB (degree of disability) is 50.


The woman is employed as a nurse's aide in the nursing home.

Workplace and work task:

The work tasks of the nurse's aide mainly include washing and basic care of the residents of the home. However, due to the consequences of her disabilities, the completion of these tasks became increasingly difficult for the employee, as it is associated with a considerable physical strain.
For this reason, the facility installed a lift in the home where the nurse's aide works. The lift makes it possible to transport patients lying in beds smoothly to the individual departments without having to transfer them to wheelchairs. In addition, two height-adjustable bathtubs were installed and two patient lifts were provided to reduce the strain of frequent bending and heavy lifting and carrying for the severely disabled nurse's assistant.

Assistive products used:

Further Information

The design suitable for disabled people was funded by the Integration Office.

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Last Update: 30 Sep 2009