This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support people who require assistance with basic physical movement which may be due to incapacity.  This unit applies to workers in a range of community services or health contexts who provide front line support services within the context of an established individualised plan.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - provided assistance with moving a person in at least 6 of the following situations: - assisting a person up off the floor; - assisting a person to be weighed on chair weighing scales; - assisting a person to change position in bed; - assisting a person to use crutches or other walking aids; - assisting a person or co-worker to use a hoist or mechanical lifter for transfers; - moving a person to a seated position; - moving a person by wheelchair or trolley; - moving a person between wheelchair or trolley and bed; - moving a person to a standing position; - transfers from wheelchair to shower chair and toilet; - assisting a person who is falling.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - basic body biomechanics, soft tissue joint structure; - importance of maintaining skin integrity; - organisation policy and procedures in relation to: infection control as it relates to assisting with movement, and supervisory and reporting protocols; - legal and ethical considerations and how these are applied in an organisation and individual practice; - risk factors and techniques used when environment or residence are not custom fitted with aids, and; - techniques for assisting with movement.

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