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Safety tip for the professional caregiver – protecting the in home client

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.

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