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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.)
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