Promoting Physical and Mental Health of Caregivers through Trans-disciplinary Intervention
Principal Investigator: Laura Punnett
Nursing home workers, especially nursing aides, are at high risk for low back injury and other muscle and joint problems due to their physical job demands. Our research started (2006-11) with the evaluation of a Safe Resident Handling Program (SRHP) in a large chain of skilled nursing facilities. Mechanical lifts and friction-reducing devices were purchased to reduce musculoskeletal disorders of nursing aides and other staff when moving and lifting residents.
In the second phase of research (2011-16), we evaluated the continued effectiveness of the SRHP and examined the relationship between worker and resident well-being, including mental health, sleep quality, and work-family balance. We collected new types of cost and corporate data to examine how specific organizational factors influence the health and safety of both employees and residents.
Results of the Procare Phase II Study
The research study goals addressed the following questions: