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.