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Home and Community Care (HACC ) Personal Safety Project City of Monash Community Care. Presenters. Susan Wyatt Coordinator Community Care Kath Aiken Coordinator Community Care Operations. Introduction City of Monash. 160,033 residents 40% of residents coming from more than 30 countries

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Susan Wyatt

Coordinator Community Care

Kath Aiken

Coordinator Community Care Operations

introduction city of monash
Introduction City of Monash
  • 160,033 residents
  • 40% of residents coming from more than 30 countries
  • Residents aged over 60 yrs is 21.3%
      • 60 – 69 is 9.9%
      • 70 – 84 is 9.6%
      • 85 and over 1.8%
hacc program target groups
HACC program & target groups
  • Frail aged and people with a disability
  • Younger persons with disabilities
  • Carers of frail people or people with a disability
special needs groups
Special Needs Groups
  • People from Culturally and Linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • People from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds
  • People with Dementia
  • People who are financially disadvantaged
  • People living in remote and isolated areas
council hacc services
Council HACC Services
  • Assessment and Care management
  • Domestic Assistance
  • Personal Care
  • Respite Care
  • Property Maintenance
  • Planned Activity Group
  • Delivered Meals
fire safety awareness
Fire Safety Awareness

Our challenge

  • How do we raise community awareness regarding fire risk and dangers?
personal safety program how do we provide this service
Personal Safety Program - how do we provide this service?
  • Home visit to each Client by designated Care Workers
  • Training for Assessment staff and Care Workers for ongoing fire safety education of clients
  • A fire safety check list and referral pathways
  • Collaboration with MFB and review process
identification at risk groups in our client base
Identification at risk groups in our Client base
  • Elderly
  • People with a disability
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • Young children
  • Met with MFB for advice
  • Identified 16 experienced Care Workers
  • Commitment made to visit each Client
  • Identified Clients by area grid
  • Developed a personal safety kit for each Client
personal safety kit
Personal Safety Kit
  • MFB Home Fire Safety
  • Archi centre information pamphlet
  • Home Maintenance Services
  • Other information relating to Council and other services
fire safety check list
Fire safety check list
  • Is the front gate in good working order?
  • Is the house number clearly displayed?
  • Any slip trip hazards on entry to the property?
  • Are doors that exit the building functional?
  • Are the locks functional?
  • Are there deadlocks?
  • Are the deadlock keys easily accessible?
  • Are exterior stairs in good repair?
  • Are there handrails on exterior stairs?
fire safety check list13
Fire safety check list
  • Are the ramps in good repair?
  • Are the fly wire door screens functional?
  • Has the clothes dryer lint catcher been cleaned?
  • Taps dripping?
  • Do the cupboard doors and drawers stick?
  • Are there any piggy backed adaptors?
  • Any light globes need replacing?
  • Is there a smoke detector?
  • Check the smoke detector functional
  • Any cables over floor where they are a trip hazard?
  • Does the property require any pruning for safe access to the property?
  • client visits were integrated into Care Workers rosters to ensure minimal impact on current service delivery hours
  • Personal safety check bookings were made in vacant spots on Care Workers rosters
  • Care Workers booked client appointments
  • Feedback mechanisms – so issues found are addressed/fixed
methodology feedback mechanism referral procedure
MethodologyFeedback Mechanism & Referral Procedure

1. Referred to Home Maintenance

  • Smoke alarm battery change
  • Relocation of smoke detectors
  • Access to home or property issues

2. Referred back to Area Team Leader for extra assistance in the home

3. Referred to MFB for advice or information

methodology for supervision
Methodology for supervision
  • Senior staff were always contactable by phone for Care Workers with concerns
  • Careworkers had fortnightly meetings
    • Feedback opportunity
    • Care Worker concerns during client visits
    • New information updates
project timeframe outcomes
Project Timeframe & Outcomes
  • 10 – 12 months
  • At the end of the project, assessment and review process will continue to ensure clients homes are assessed and Clients informed of fire risk and a heightened client awareness, understanding and knowledge of fire safety.
  • Mandatory annual fire awareness training for all staff
  • Fire awareness to be embedded in induction process for all new staff
  • Fire Safety Checks and client education included within assessment and review process
  • Enter into discussions with HACC Certificate III Traineeship provider to include fire safety and awareness training in future traineeships.