For many home-based healthcare assistants, verbal abuse is a major problem from clients or the clients' family, indicating in a study from the National University of Ireland.
Carers who reported verbal abuse were more likely to report physical abuse.
The long-term verbal abuse of these injuries can lead to injury and lead to higher turnover rates, said senior study author Margaret Quinn, who is a director of an industry outreach initiative called Safe Home Care. Project at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.
“There is not enough home care assistance already in place to care for the aging population,” Quinn told Reuters Health by phone. “This problem will increase rapidly.”
The Quinn team recruited 954 health care assistants at home and completed questionnaires about themselves and their experience at work.
More than one in five carers, or 22%, reported at least one incident of verbal abuse in the last 12 months.
The actual number of incidents may have been higher, as a reduction may allow people to remember verbal abuse incidents over time, the researchers say.
Among assistants who reported verbal abuse, 17% said they had been affected or talked to them in an angry or humiliating tone, 10% said they had a negative impact, 6% reported racist, ethnic, religious or personal insults. and 5 said that they had received verbal threats to the injury.
A recipient of dementia in care was strongly linked to cases of abuse, Quinn staff writes Careers & Environmental Medicine.
Quinn and her team suggest that they will help patients with dementia, sometimes causing aggressive behavior. Quinn says that a carer can come home and knows that her client has dementia but he doesn't really know what can be done to alleviate symptoms.
“I think the client and help could be helpful,” said Quinn.
“In the US, home care assistants are often not included as part of the medical team (”), ”Quinn said, referring to what she says, they are regarded as health professionals such as physical therapists.
People with unpredictable schedules were more likely to have verbal abuse than predictable working hours. While it is sometimes difficult for carers to predict, although challenging, it may help address employee turnover, the research team recommends.
Illegal working conditions were also linked to higher conflicts of verbal abuse for the facilities. The researchers suggest that the assessment of the client's home may reduce some of the risk of verbal abuse to ensure that assistants have space to carry out their caring tasks.
“Their job in home care assistance is a great pleasure and pleasure. It gives them very positive relationships, ”says Quinn.
She says the new research aims to improve the quality of work experience for the assistance. It is about “getting on and getting solutions that work for all the parties who need home care.” T
Home care has many advantages for the consumer, Ginger Hanson, assistant professor at the School of Nursing at John Hopkins University, Baltimore. “We need to get a better understanding of the impact this trend has on home care workers, who are also a vulnerable population with frequent financial insecurity,” said Hanson, who was not involved in the study, by email.
Clare Stacey, associate professor of sociology at Kent State University in Ohio, told her that she was not involved in the study, with Reuters Health, “I'm not surprised at these results but I am grateful that this work gives us high quality data to Many of us know about home care, briefly. ”
SOURCE: bit.ly/2IfqaME Occupational Medicine & Environment, online June 11, 2019.
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