Manual Handling for Support Workers in Home Care

For workers supporting older people living at home

Duration: 27 mins 7 secs

This video clearly explains what manual handling is in home care. It covers potential risks and hazards and what to do about them and how to perform home care tasks safely to avoid strain and injury.

The video has been designed for:

  • a short refresher session on manual handling or as part of an induction for new staff (the first three chapters)
  • delivering the manual handling component in HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care (play all chapters).

The bonus end chapter “Don’t Do This At Home” gives some examples of what not to do as a support worker in home care.

“Manual handling is in every part of our lives. At work, good manual handling makes our jobs easier, more efficient and most importantly – safer”.

Manual Handling for Support Workers in Home Care complements Manual Handling for Personal Care Work.


Topics covered:

  • Overview
  • Hazards and Risks
  • Lifting Correctly
  • Vacuuming
  • Sweeping
  • Mopping
  • Making a Bed
  • Bath, Shower, Toilet
  • Laundry
  • Shopping
  • Don’t Do This At Home

Resource Material for:

The unit HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care:

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support
CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability
CHC43105 Certificate IV in Ageing Support (for the home and community environment component).

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