A Guide To Personal Duress Alarms In Aged Care

The aged care sector contains many risk factors which call for the use of personal duress alarms. Both patients and aged care workers may experience any number of common risks in their day-to-day routine and the best way to ensure a rapid response to any dangerous situations is to equip both parties with personal duress alarms. Personal duress alarms ensure the safest working environment possible and help to counteract some of the dangers associated with becoming older. 

What Are Some Common Risks In Aged Care? 

Aged Care Patients 

The most prevalent risks faced by aged care patients on a daily basis include: 

  • Illnesses or conditions which become exacerbated with old age. 
  • Injuries which can result from a fall. 
  • Surgery recovery which inhibits movement. 

Aged Care Workers 

The most prevalent risks faced by aged care workers on a daily basis include: 

  • Injuries resulting from lifting, supporting and moving patients. 
  • Moving equipment such as beds, trolleys and mattresses. 
  • Occupational violence (95% of aged care workers experience this to some degree). 
  • Work-related stress. 

Risk Reduction In Aged Care 

While the dangers of aged care environments may seem rather broad in their scope, there are some simple strategies which can reduce the risk of harm befalling either aged care patients or aged care workers. Universal risk management procedure involves following the following processes. 

  1. Identifying hazards associated with a specific environment. 
  2. Assess the risks associated with these hazards. 
  3. Devise strategies to control risks and implement them as often as is required. 
  4. Consistently evaluate risk control strategies and update them as needed. 

It’s worth noting that risk management applies to all locations where aged care employees are working. It may be in an aged care residential facility, a client’s home, or in vehicles or public places for support activities. 

Another safety precaution which can be taken in aged care environments is the provision of TWIG personal duress alarms. 

TWIG Personal Duress Alarms 

A personal duress alarm is a small device worn on a lanyard or belt clip which can signal to security teams that there is danger present at an aged care site. Some lone worker safety devices (personal duress alarms) include an automatic response when not utilised while others require interaction with the wearer to signal the presence of danger. TWIG personal duress alarms fall into both categories, depending on the device employed. Our lone worker safety devices can also be combined with a beacon system to identify precisely where an incident occured if the worker cannot be contacted during an incident at an aged care facility or home. 

Personal Duress Alarms For Sale 

TWIG Australia is open for business Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm. Call our friendly sales team on (02) 9412 2100 to place an order for any of the products listed on our site or to ask any questions about creating a lone worker safety plan for aged care work environments. We look forward to receiving your call.