Client related safety measures


Common causes of accident in the older population:
  • Age;
  • Medication;
  • Poor mobility;
  • Sensory impairment;
  • Confusion or limited awareness of surrounding.
Client related safety measures:

Assessments and identifying needs.

Assessment Process: What will help the client remain in the home?

               1.    Referralinformation:

ü  Diagnosis, medical history.

ü  Other;

2.    Homevisit;

ü  Patient/family interview: self-identified, statedneeds.

3.    Psycho-social,environmental,  physicalassessment.

4.    Intuitive nature of assessment from experiencedassessors.

Living Arrangements
  • Own home, apartment, assisted living
  • Condition of home (clean/dirty, cluttered, safety hazards, Structural barriers,
  • Bathing facilities tub, shower
  • Lives with someone? Who?
  • Responsible person?
  • Type and Frequency of assistance needed
  • Resources finances
Client’s Level of Functioning
  • Functional Limitations, activities allowed, assistance needed
  • Mental status and functioning: oriented, forgetful, depressed, agitated, memory, decision- making,
  • Motivation
  • Ability to bathe, dressing
  • Toileting
  • Ambulation, transferring ,
  • Feeding/eating
  • Transportation, shopping, money management
  • Medication and equipment management
Common Needs of Home Care Clients
  • Nutritional needs
  • Dementia, behavioral
  • Functional/mobility impairments

               1. Loss of function;

               2. Size of patient.

  • Communication impairments

               1. Speech, hearing, language.

  • Companionship

1.    Referralinformation:

ü  Diagnosis, medical history.

ü  Other;

2.    Homevisit;

ü  Patient/family interview: self-identified, statedneeds.

3.    Psycho-social,environmental,  physicalassessment.

4.    Intuitive nature of assessment from experiencedassessors.