In addition to the care plan, the caregiver should watch and be observant of any safety issues that arise that have not been addressed.

Examples of safety includes:

• Floor rugs or runners that could cause falling.

• Loose railings or stair ways, bed or bath facilities.

• Prescribed drugs or other pill left lying around.

• Food left out that the client plans to eat hours later.

• Bed sores or unexplained scratches, cuts or bruises.

• Unusual behavior for that client, that indicates there may be a reaction to drugs.

• Malfunctions of any medical or house hold equipment.

• Outside steps or walks that may need repair.

• Holes in the lawn that could cause a fall.

For the night shift caregiver:

It is important to know all the backup procedures.

• Know the location of power boxes.

• Be familiar with any instructions for backup power.

• Make sure that the clients are kept warm and make them feel safe in a time of emergency and confident that their caregiver is keeping them secure.

• Make sure there is no objects in their walk way.