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Case Study Design of a workplace for a geriatric nurse


The employer operates a retirement home. Some of the facilities at the nursing home are outdated and no longer state of the art. Some of the patient rooms and sanitary facilities have been modernized, but there have not been modernizations that are free of defects or barrier-free.

Employee Disability and Functional Limitation:
The woman had her left lung removed due to a tissue abnormality. Due to her disability, her physical capacity is low and her ability to perform muscular tasks (e.g. carrying and lifting loads) that place a high strain on the cardiovascular system is therefore limited. The GdB (degree of disability) is 100. Her severely disabled person's ID card contains the mark G.


The employee has been employed as a geriatric nurse by her current employer for three years.

Workplace and work task (actual state):

The nurse helps the patients in need of care in the old people's home, e.g. with personal hygiene (bathing) and using the toilets. Bathing as well as transferring the patients from the wheelchair to the bathtub and to the toilet causes great difficulties for the carer as she has to lift, hold and support the patients all the time.

Workplace and work task (target state):

The very high energetic work (holding and carrying work) and the associated high body strain can be reduced by using a patient lift and a WC machine. Especially patients with a high body weight and limited mobility can be transferred from the wheelchair to the bathtub and to the toilet with the help of the patient lift, which should also have an electromotive swivel device. For easier transfer of patients from the wheelchair to the ward toilet, an electrically height-adjustable toilet can also be used.

Assistive products used:

Further Information

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

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Last Update: 21 Sep 2009