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HOME VISITING SAFETY. Adapted from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Family and Community Services: Social Worker Academy – Worker Safety Presented By Cora Jackson, Nancy Curtis, Juanita Parker Jones. Group Activity. What is a home visit? What Is the purpose?

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Home visiting safety

HOME VISITING SAFETY

Adapted from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Family and Community Services: Social Worker Academy – Worker Safety

Presented By Cora Jackson, Nancy Curtis, Juanita Parker Jones


Group activity

Group Activity

  • What is a home visit?

  • What Is the purpose?

  • What should not be done at the home visit?


Why home visitor safety

WHY HOME VISITOR SAFETY

  • Your safety is as important as the work you do.

  • This training is designed to provide you with knowledge to allow you to be safe and effective in your work life.


Preparing for a home visit

PREPARING FOR A HOME VISIT

  • Schedule home visit with family at least two weeks in advance of visit.

  • Always let someone know where you are going. Sign out.

  • Plan to go in pairs.

  • Visit should last 45 min to an hour.


Home visiting safety

  • Stick to purpose of the visit.

  • Limit sharing of personal information.

  • Be culturally sensitive.

  • Bring resources necessary to stayontask:

    Community Resource Book

    Lap Top or Blank Forms including IFPA,

    Risk Assessment, and cheat sheet.


Home visiting safety

  • Don’t wear excessive jewelry and dress comfortable with low heels.

  • Take your ID with you, but do not wear your ID cord around your neck.

  • Mentally rehearse the visit and what you want to accomplish.

  • Carry a cell phone with you.


Approaching the house

APPROACHING THE HOUSE

  • Be aware of your surroundings.

  • Do not block anyone’s parking space.

  • Park your vehicle in a way that you can make a

    quick exit if necessary. Lock purse in trunk.


During a home visit

DURING A HOME VISIT

  • Be aware of exits from home. Keep your self between client and the door.

  • Sit near an exit or facing hallway so you can view other entries.

  • Sit in a position that allows you to get up quickly.

  • Use non-threatening body language and remain calm and polite.

  • Respect the client’s home and their emotions.


Home visiting safety

Participants Demonstrate Positive and Negative Body Language


Home visiting safety

  • Do not touch the family pet.


Home visiting safety

  • Be cautious and use common sense.

  • Leave if you feel threatened or if you notice unlawful or peculiar behavior. Report your concerns to supervisor or police when necessary.


Home visiting safety

  • After the Home Visit

  • Wash and sanitize your hands to avoid health risks.

  • Enter the data as soon as possible.

  • Obtain all necessary signatures.

  • Follow up with families and chart progress. (Document at least three contacts.)


Be careful out there safety first

Be careful out there. Safety First!

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