Home healthcare workers, while contributing greatly to the well-being of others, often face unique risks on the job to their own personal safety and health. These dangers may include injury from lifting or transferring clients; slips, trips or falls; exposure to blood and injections; exposure to verbal abuse and other forms of violence in the client’s home or community; and the related stress that the job produces.
To assist home care agencies and trainers in meeting the health and safety training needs of homecare workers, NIOSH has released the free and active training curriculum, Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others. The activities in the curriculum are designed to encourage participants in promoting safe and healthy work environments–for their clients and for themselves.
Through the training, home care workers and homecare agencies learn to recognize hazards commonly encountered in homecare workplaces and to apply practical solutions to manage risks and improve safety. Each of the seven modules is free and include a trainer’s guide, customizable PowerPoint slides, and participant handouts.
Use all of the modules as a complete training course or select individual module components to supplement your existing training. The seven modules include:
• Reducing Strains, Sprains and Falls;
• Reducing Risk from Environmental Exposures;
• Reducing Exposure to Bloodborne and Other Infectious Diseases;
• Staying Safe When Working With Clients With Dementia;
• Setting Healthy and Safe Boundaries to Reduce Stress; and
• Safely Handling Threatening Behavior When Providing Homecare.
The Homecare Workers’ Handbook is an easy-to-read overview of some of the topics covered in this course as well as topics that are not covered. It is a useful resource that contains practical tips for homecare worker safety. A copy of the Handbook should be provided to all participants.
The seven modules in this curriculum are designed to be flexible–use as a course or a supplement to existing training.