A panel of experts has confirmed the importance of a standard procedure at Visiting Angels-Detroit: the in-home assessment.
Recently, 335 experts on aging were asked to give their advice to families to help them keep aging parents in their own homes and prevent premature placement in a nursing home.
They came up with five tips. Nearly 90 percent of the experts said an in-home assessment should be conducted “to look at the home environment, identify needs, obstacles and safety hazards and make recommendations to keep an aging parent home.”
“We always do an in-home assessment before starting a new case,” said Joyce K. Stallings, Director, at Visiting Angels-Detroit. “It is one of the most important parts of my job.”
“My goal is the fully understand the needs of the elderly person, and then make sure that those needs and the situation in the home are compatible.”
An example would be checking for safety issues, such as making sure that there are no loose rugs that could lead to a fall.