Lone Worker Industry: Home Healthcare
Those in home healthcare services help others who are disabled, chronically ill or cognitively impaired. Thus, they spend the majority of their time alone with just one other person and any visitors that they may have, creating risk and a need for additio
Those in home healthcare services (NAICS Code 621600) help others who are disabled, chronically ill or cognitively impaired. Thus, they spend the majority of their time alone with just one other person and any visitors that they may have. This, surprisingly, can put them at a high social risk, requiring lone worker protection.
The risk is not always found in the seemingly most likely of situations or from who one might expect to have an altercation with. For example, home health care workers are often at risk of verbal or physical assault not from the patients themselves but from patient family members and caregivers as well as the general public they may come into contact with in transit to their patient’s home. A potential assailant may be acting under the assumption that a home health nurse is carrying prescription drugs with them on a job or may simply notice the worker has a definite routine and views them as an easy target for robbery or worse.
Unfortunately, there are many real-life instances of home health aides that back this sentiment. One of the more well-known cases occurred in January of 2012 when five men kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 53-year-old home healthcare nurse as she was preparing to visit a patient. This heightened an already growing fear for safety among healthcare nurses everywhere, as it pointed out their greatest fear: that this type of crime could happen anywhere. Use of lone worker safety solutions can largely help to mitigate situations like this.
Because home healthcare workers take care of those that cannot take care of themselves, if they are injured or experience health-related issues themselves, they are often unable to get the assistance that they need. SoloProtect’s easily-accessible lone worker alarm can help these workers get the assistance they need in situations like these. SoloProtect offers employee monitoring for the purposes of safety, and its safety solutions allow lone workers to receive the help that they need when seconds count.