A client assessment is complemented by a safety evaluation, usually performed during the same visit to the client’s home.
Unless a client is being assisted in a licensed healthcare facility, which must necessarily comply with stringent legal requirements, an Assisting Hands safety evaluation will focus on a number of standard items: are exits uncluttered and easily reached in the case of an emergency? Is the site well ventilated? Are there working fire extinguishers and smoke detectors? Are rugs and carpets slippery? Are there hygiene concerns that may call for professional cleaning?
Besides the site-specific assessment, we also consider equipment that may mitigate risks possibly faced by the client or make his or her life more comfortable. Does the client need a walker, wheelchair or hospital bed? Is a commode necessary? What about remote-monitoring cameras?
Before services start, a safety report is issued. It usually contains a set of recommendations that should ideally be considered to enhance the client’s safety and wellbeing. If high-risk items are identified, such as unsteady or unprotected staircases, or the presence of a large and aggressive dog, we may not be able to start providing our services before those are addressed.