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Title: Safety Training Home Health Care/ Health Aide

Safety Training Home Health Care/Health
  • Conrad Boyd
  • School-to-Career Coordinator
  • Paul Robeson School for
  • Business and Technology

Types of Home Care Personnel
  • Housekeepers or Chore workers
  • Basic household task, light cleaning or washing
    windows and/or heavy cleaning.
  • Homemaker (Supervised by an agency)
  • Meal preparation, household management and
    medication reminders
  • Home Health Aide (Cert N.Asst, Nurses Aide)
  • Supervised by Agencys Registered Nurse -
    provides personal care, hygiene essentials,
    walking and exercise, household services
    essential to health care assistance with

Homecare Dos and Donts
  • Dos
  • (1)   Start the process
  • while family member
  • is in the hospital.
  • (2)   Trust your instincts.
  • (3)   Use a geriatric care
  • manager, if necessary.
  • (4)   Be clear about your
  • expectations.
  • (5)   Help to prevent burnout.
  • Donts
  • (1) Dont hire help solely based on cost.
  • (2)   Dont relinquish control to the
  • homecare worker.
  • (3)   Dont have the homecare worker
  • handle important communications
  • with doctors, lawyers, accountants,
  • etc.
  • (4)  Dont share financial information with
  • homecare workers.
  • (5)  Dont let the homecare worker
  • intimidate you or patient.

Training Task HH Aides
  • Minimum of 75 hours of mandatory training
  • Pass a competency evaluation program within four
    (4) months of employment
  • By completing program certification is issued
    by State registry of nursing aides.
  • Attend lectures, workshops, and in-service
  • Exception Psychiatric aides must complete a
    formal training.
  • Federal Government
  • If under Medicare, HH Aides must pass a
    competency test covering 12 areas.
  • Communication skills
  • Documentation of patient status and care provided
  • Reading and recorded vital signs, basic infection
    control procedures, etc.
  • Personal hygiene and grooming
  • Basic Nutrition, and more..

Training Task (cont.)
  • Applicants should be
  • Tactful Patient
  • Understanding Honest
  • Emotionally stable Discreet
  • Dependable Flexible
  • Desire to help people Motivated
  • Team player Resourceful
  • Good communication skills Quick-Thinking
  • Willing to perform repetitive tasks
  • Available nights and weekend hours

Pre-Test T/F
  • A HH Aide needs to speak English.
  • A HH Aide can work without training.
  • Federal Govt wants training for all HH Aides.
  • HH Care training is required on a continuous
  • Medicare and Medicaid services are not involved
    in State regulations.

Ans. F, F, T, T, F
HH Aides Services
  • Domestic service in households
  • Performs companionship services
  • Care, fellowships and protection
  • General household work
  • Patients deserve full attention and respect
  • Compassionate/Passionate about their work.

Appropriate Clothes
  • HH Aide Flexible clothing (mobility)
  • Easy care, non-restrictive
  • Comfortable and conservative
  • Durable and stain resistance
  • Patient - Limited range of mobility
  • Buttoning a blouse use snaps
  • Tying a shoelace use Velcro
  • Flexible clothing designs wraps, slip on, draw
  • Special closure items fasteners, one button

Sibling Conflicts
  • Caring for family members often sets maximum
    stress levels
  • Advise learning as much information
  • Getting a neutral mediator to diffuse tension
  • Find options available
  • Try to use I statements rather than making
  • Be ready to say Im sorry, and I forgive you.

Safety Equipment
  • Knowing different device operations
  • Straps/Lifting Pullies
  • Wheelchair accessible locations
  • Home Alarms, Medic Alert devices
  • Always prepared

Tools Humane Skills
  • Skilled Nursing (RN, LPN)
  • Personal Care
  • (Home Health Aide)
  • Support (Homemaker)
  • Therapy (PT, OT, ST, MSW)
  • Pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Rehabilitation

  • Either manual/electronic wheelchairs
  • Heart monitors
  • Bed Lifts/Pulleys and Folding/Retractable Bed
  • Computer Health Diagnostics

Electrical DevicesThe answers to life's problems
aren't at the bottom of a bottle they're on TV!
Homer Simpson
  • Amplified phone receivers
  • Voice Recognition
  • Voicemail Feedback
  • Email Messages via TV
  • Internet Usage via voice tracking

Inspections Floors, Doors and Exits
  • Questions to consider include
  • Is the home/facility/nursing home close to
    friends and near someone they can visit often?
  • Is the home child-friendly?
  • Does the home/location feel like a home away from
  • Is the homes furniture properly arranged for
  • Are the floors/doors/exists accessible for a safe

Ergonomic Hazards
  • Each room of the house poses its own risks, and
    avoidable accidents can occur easily in areas
    that have not been modified to meet their
    occupants' needs.
  • Using a bath bench can be helpful because you can
    sit down and then swing your legs over.
  • Or you can have a grab bar installed that's lined
    up with the side of the tub, so there's something
    to hold on to as you step over the side of the
  • With existing computer usage, we are utilizing
    relatively large saccades (30-45o) to continually
    reposition the screen/keyboard/copy-viewing-area
    targets onto the fovea. With large
    angular-difference re-fixations, transient
    dysmetria (under-shooting the subsequent fixation
    point) is not uncommon.

Medicines (Knowledge of)
  • Daily Dosage
  • Medication side-effects
  • Pharmaceutical Resources
  • Prescription updates
  • Even simple Old Home Remedies
  • Homemedics, Homeopathic Care

Infectious Diseases
  • Be alert for symptoms colds/flus/virus
  • Make sure all medicines are clearly marked.
  • Thoroughly wash hands
  • Use anti-bacterial cleansers, if necessary.
  • Frequent laundering to prevent re-infections

Patient/Client Safety
  • Create conducive environment for patient
  • Know medical emergency locations
  • Access to medical assistance in home
  • Access to Family or Relative contacts
  • Familiar with medic alert bracelets/devices
  • Develop routine for rapid emergency drills
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Angry/Threatening Clients
  • Argumentative Assaultive
  • Demanding Hostile
  • History of multiple incidents Incontinent
  • History of substance abuse Intrusive
  • Incompetent, organic brain syndrome (OBS)
  • Manipulative Mute
  • Passive/passive aggressive
  • Sexual acting out behavior
  • Verbally abusive (most common)
  • Stress Management
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HOW and WHOM to report(s) an injury
  • Ambulance Attendant Law Enforcement
  • Official Physician (MD and DO)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant/LPN/Physicians Asst.
  • EMTs/Occupational Therapist/Social Worker
  • Emergency Room Personnel
  • Physical Therapist (if applicable)

Post-Test (T/F)
  • There are Federal regulations for HH Aides.
  • Some patients are argumentative and aggressive.
  • HH Aides should know the patients medical
  • A nurses aide must contact the official physician
    in an injury.
  • All home aides must wash their hands thoroughly.
  • Home aides can not work all day.
  • Restrictive clothes are recommended for HH Aides.
  • Household chores are always performed by the
  • The tools used by HH Aides are skilled, caring,
    and being obnoxious.
  • Home alerts and medic bracelets are important.
  • HH Aides can accompany patient to doctors visit.
  • RNs are not allowed to become HH Aides.
  • Family members/HH Aides must know about patients
    mechanical devices.
  • Housekeepers should know about the patients
    personal financial history.
  • Homemakers always prepare food for patients.
  • HH Aides are good companions.

Ans T,T,T,T,T,F,F,F,F,T,TF,T,F,T,T
Safety Web Resources
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