With every client or potential client I meet, not only do we talk about their home care needs, but we also conduct an in home safety assessment. Believe it or not, safety in the home for older adults is often overlooked or forgotten about until a fall occurs, an accident happens, or one begins to see a decline in the mobility. When performing safety assessment, My Family’s Home Care evaluates the following: 1) Care Receipient and their abilities; 2) Primary Caregiver and their abilities; 3) In-Home Care Process and 4) the evenironment.
Care Receipient and their abilities
When performing a safety assessment for the client, it is important to look at the following areas:
Responses to these care receipient questions will give one a good understanding of the care receipient in their current environment.
Primary Caregiver and their abilities
When having discussions with the primary caregiver, it is important to evaluate them with the questions below:
Responese to these primary caregiver questions will help one also understand the abilities of the primary caregiver and identify any additional support they may need.
In-Home Care Processes
When evaluating in-home care processes, it is important to look at whether or not a loved one is using oxygen, durable medical equipment, medications as well as understanding how the family’s knowledge of infection control. Questions regarding the in-home care processes include:
Responses to the in-home care processes will help one to identify the areas of care where more education is needed and where one care reduce one’s ability to be harmed by improper use of equipment and/or medications inside the home.
Within one’s environment, it is important that the little things that are taken for granted are working properly and that everyone is safe. The questions to ask for the environment include:
When a thorough in-home safety assessment is done, one can feel a lot better about their older loved ones living safer in their home. Don’t wait until something bad happens, make the necessary home changes today and reduce the potential dangers that may be lurking within your home.