Australia has an aging population and as such is constantly employing new methods to try and keep people in their homes for longer. People now have the option to stay home for their medical and rehabilitation needs and as a result, the number of in-home carers needed to help these people is growing at a rapid rate. As these employees are stretched to cater for the growing demand, it is important that their physical and emotional well-being is being looked after as well as their patients are.
In order for healthcare professionals to provide their own duty of care to their patients, it is equally important for their employers to provide that same level of care in return. This means that each and everyone healthcare professional is to feel that they are safe and without fear or concern for their own personal safety while working.
Working in the homes of mentally ill patients can increase the risks to healthcare workers. Likewise, risks can increase when patients have unexpected house guests, or even with patients who live in areas known to be unsafe.
With a lone worker safety solution in place, the employee is provided with peace of mind that they can contact trained security professionals at any time with the shake of their phone or the press of a button.
It has been noted that Australian WHS strategies need to place more emphasis on applying technological advances to their safety procedures within each workplace. With smartphones in nearly every pocket, now is the perfect time to integrate high-quality and professionally monitored applications into the WHS procedures and solutions for industries such as healthcare. Smartphones provide a discrete and practical lone worker safety solution.