Quote from rncali
Im applying for a HH job at this time and one question I ponder is safety in other peoples homes and neighborhoods. How safe is it. Do you ever have fear?
In the past year and a half I have refused one visit. I went to the home and felt real uneasy about going in so I didn't. Turns out they had already been turned into adult protective services and the patient was taken out of the home and placed in assisted living.
I have seen some really nasty houses. I don't mean clutter, I mean nasty. I have been in homes that were so cluttered you could hardly walk, just little pathways in between clutter. That doesn't bother me in the least but when you can smell nasty that is when I call APS. In the case of the last one I reported, that patient was also removed from the home. I haven't ever felt physically threatened. I always call ahead of time and I ask front door? back door? dog? etc....most patients are very considerate.
I have been told by the agency, if I don't feel right about it, don't go in, or don't even knock on the door. It's only happened once but they stood by me 100%. If they hadn't I would have quit.