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Table 2 Tasks and challenges in community settings that have become more difficult with age

From: Beyond 50. challenges at work for older nurses and allied health workers in rural Australia: a thematic analysis of focus group discussions

Tasks impacted by age-related factors Reported reasons why each is more difficult
1. Work involving vehicles Age-related factors specific to these tasks -
In particular: ▪ Arthritis, sore joints, backaches - caused or exacerbated by vehicles and driving
▪ General driving during the day    - Less flexibility, manoeuvrability for getting in and out of cars
▪ Reversing vehicles    - Harder to turn around to look behind/harder to see out of cars
▪ Getting in and out of cars and the 'Day Care' bus ▪ More fatigued for report writing, after driving around during the day
▪ Carrying equipment to/from vehicles and homes eg. baby scales Exacerbated by:
  ▪ Ergonomics of smaller and lower cars ("green policy")
     - Hard to get in and out of, not comfortable, poor seating
  ▪ 'Day Care' bus, bumping up and down along the road
  ▪ Tight time frames, rushing
  ▪ General safety issues related to night and long-distance driving - vision, fatigue, time allowed
2. Work involving home visits Age-related factors specific to these tasks -
In particular: ▪ Musculoskeletal changes - strength, tone, flexibility, pain and stiffness, backache - caused/exacerbated by vehicles and driving
▪ Carrying equipment to/from vehicles and homes eg. baby scales ▪ Manoeuvring, mobility and stability on feet (with clutter) more difficult when older
▪ Moving around and manoeuvring in cluttered houses Exacerbated by:
  ▪ Home clutter and trip hazards
  ▪ Manoeuvrability of equipment
  ▪ Home ergonomics and design - narrow bathrooms and doors that don't allow room for manoeuvring