A woman I know who worked privately as an overnight carer, even though she was trained and knew not to try and lift a client, did so one night when the man she was caring for fell. She ended up with two broken vertebrae in her back, and hasn't been able to work since. And since it was a private arrangement, she wasn't insured. So it's not just health & safety gone mad. With my husband, I had to call the paramedics a couple of times to get him off the floor. He was a big man, and heavy, and he couldn't follow instructions to help me get him up. In the nursing home, because he was obsessed with walking around, they put hip protectors on him. It's just like an underpants, with padding around the hip joints.