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UNPREDICTABLE BEHAVIOUR OR VIOLENCE/AGGRESSION - PATIENT

Does the patient have a known history of unpredictable behaviour or violence and aggression

UNPREDICTABLE BEHAVIOUR OR VIOLENCE/AGGRESSION - OTHERS

Has any member of staff felt threatened, intimidated or harrassed by any member of the household?

KNOWN ADULT/CHILD PROTECTION ISSUES

Is the patient or any member of the household on a register held by social services?

ACCESS / EGRESS TO THE PROPERTY

Is the property easy to locate? If not, document directions on how to find the property.

Is off road parking available?

Is the property to be visited less than 5 minutes walk from where the car can be parked?

Is the entry to the building well lit?

Is the entry to the building visible from the road?

Are external stairs / lifts in good condition?

Are there any additional hazards relating to the building detailed?

If the patient has a key safe to their property, is the access number and location documented?

Are doors locked whilst staff are inside the house/premises and therefore barring quick exits routes?

SLIPS, TRIPS & FALLS

Are floor surfaces including stairs, within the home in good condition?

Is the floor free from tripping hazards e.g. wires, objects, rugs?

MANUAL HANDLING

Has an individual patient handling assessment been completed?

Is there adequate and appropriate lifting equipment in situ in the house?

Where supplied, is the manual handling equipment maintained?

Does the amount/layout of the furniture increase the handling risk? (e.g. limits manoeuvrability and causes excessive stretching)

ELECTRICAL SAFETY

Is any electrical equipment that staff may come into contact with, in good condition? (visual check for frayed leads, damaged plugs or sockets?

FIRE SAFETY

Does the patient have smoke detectors fitted?

INFECTION CONTROL

If sharps are regularly used by the patient/carer, is there a sharps bin available?

Has the patient tested positive to MHRA? If so, ensure site is fully documented in notes.

If large amounts of contaminated dressings are being handled, are there adequate disposal arrangements in place?

AT RISK GROUP

Would this person be considered particularly at risk in certain situations i.e. Severe weather conditions (heat or cold) becuse of their health, home environment or support received?

OTHER RISK FACTORS

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.