Health Care

Injury Prevention for the Family Caregiver

In an instant, your whole world can change. Your family member suddenly can’t fully weight bear, you bend, you twist, you support and you somehow manage to protect them from injury but what about you? Caring for a disabled or aging family member can be physically demanding, with caregivers often putting the needs of their family ahead of their own. But what happens if you find yourself unable to provide the level of care you once did? What happens if you are injured? What then? Who is going to be able to step in and replace you?

In this webinar, learn how to reduce the risk of injury while providing care to a loved one by identifying high-risk postures that can lead to back, shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries. Learn how you can make a few simple adaptations in how you move, lift and transfer, so you can significantly minimize the risk of strains that can render you unable to safely provide care. And, learn how to recognize early warning signs, so you can change how you do a task, seek out alternative approaches or ask for help before you injure yourself.

  1. Mavis Gibson has over 20 years experience in health and safety, employee wellness and disability management. As a nurse and entrepreneur with a passion for workplace safety, Mavis has designed and implemented cost-effective injury prevention programs throughout BC's public health and education sectors and was co-founder of a national company centered around employee safety, and well-being. An experienced public speaker and international conference convenor, Mavis recently joined SafeCare BC as the Acting Director Workplace Health and Safety Programs, an industry funded non-profit association working to ensure injury free, safe working conditions for continuing care workers in BC.

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