Home Safety Assessment
Home safety assessment is an integral aspect of our care management program. During the evaluation phase, the degree of protection, function, and comfort of the client home is assessed, as well as the need for adaptive equipment and assistive devices. Corrective actions are taken where necessary, to ensure caregivers are able to minimize the risk of slip and falls and increased accessibility in and around the home. During the discovery, non-conformances are documented, recommendations made, corrective actions implemented, and follow-up visits scheduled to ensure all safety issues were resolved.
The several categories that comprise the home safety assessment includes:
- Critical Home Protection and Patient Safety Issues
Homes should be free from fire, and health and safety hazards. Jannic Health Services will provide fire safety training during the evaluation and support both caregivers and patient in drawing up fire plans. We will provide instruction and training in the proper use, repair, storage, and cleaning of in-house medical equipment to reduce the occurrence of infections caused by infected equipment, ensuring optimum efficiency of the equipment. Jannic Health Services will also provide advice on patient safety, including prevention of collapse, proper lifting, and transfer techniques for non-ambulatory patients, and proper administration and storage of medications. All of our caregivers are certified in CPR and can/will administer CPR in case of an emergency until appropriate medical personnel arrives.
- General Home Environment
The layout of each room will be assessed for maximum performance. The home must be clean and free from overcrowding, which can impede mobility and trigger accidental falls. Patients will be advised of possible threats associated with environmental hazards, such as scatter rugs, inadequate lighting, slippery floor finishes and mobile furniture. Recommendation will then be made to remedy the problem.
- Accessibility & Patient Mobility
Accessibility of patients in and out of the house, between rooms and in the bathroom will be assessed. The assessment may determine if the patient is capable moving around on his own or if he need assistance and require the use of a wheelchair or walker. During the assessment, if it is determined that the patient is not ambulatory then appropriate measures will be taken to assess whether the doors, stairs, and hallways are adequately spaced to permit safe movement.