Risk Management for Home Healthcare Workers

Workplace safety and risk management is the responsibility of everyone. There are things we can do to prevent harm, yet frequently we fail to do them. This applies to both individuals and organizations. While home care is without a doubt a good solution for providing quality care to clients in the comfort of their own home and mitigating the high cost of managed care, it has its own challenges. One of them is managing the personal safety and health risks for home health care workers while working in a client’s home. Nurses and home care staff work in a decentralized environment 24/7 with unknown factors. Transportation to remote client locations, weather conditions and extended work hours provide additional risks to the home and community worker.

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