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Workplace design for a nurse with spinal damage caring for the severely disabled


The employer is a home for physically and mentally handicapped people.

Disability and functional limitation of the employee:

The man has a spinal disease and is no longer in a position difficult to carry or lift.

Training and job:

The man is a trained nurse and works as a team leader in a severely disabled group.

Workplace and duties (actual status):

The remit of the group leader in the most severely disabled group also includes the support of wheelchairs. Among other things, the nurse must help the patient to the toilet. It must be the patient helped from a wheelchair to the toilet or to a standing board (to undress). Disability Because it falls to the nurse, the patient heavy (weighing up to 80 kg) to raise the change to the standing board and support.

Workplace and duties (desired status):

Due to the changing locations the purchase of a mobile Patientenaufrichthilfe is necessary for disability-friendly workplace equipment. The Patientenaufrichthilfe has a belt which is mounted in the patient beneath the arms. This type of lifting aid simplifies putting down the wheelchair in a seated position on the standing board, significantly and thus helps to reduce the physical stress for the nurse.

Assistive devices used:
Turntables (Raising aids)
Aufrichtgurte and harnesses
Mobile hoists with Gurtsitzen for the transfer of a person in a sitting position
Mobile step Lifter
Mobile hoists with fixed seats


The disability-design work was funded by the Agency, as the nurse was unemployed before his appointment.



  • physical disability /
  • nurse /
  • nursing /
  • nurse /
  • nursing activity /
  • nursing home /
  • geriatric nurse /
  • sanitary facility /
  • toilet /
  • lifting aid /
  • lifting aid /
  • elevator /
  • lifting device /
  • changing place /
  • patient /
  • patient lift /
  • positioning aid /
  • umemployment /
  • working equipment /
  • geriatric nursing /
  • work task /
  • mobility /
  • mobility aid /
  • employment /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • full-time job /
  • employer /
  • employee /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • spine /
  • EASTIN /
  • labour office /
  • back illness /
  • health system /
  • hospital /
  • care /
  • body posture /
  • lifting /
  • carrying /
  • physical strain /
  • bending /
  • workplace design /
  • technical advice /
  • assistive product

update status: 17.02.2009

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