Healthcare Workers: Home Healthcare

Caretaker helping elderly man in wheelchair.

Home Healthcare

Home healthcare is a vital industry in this nation that provides needed medical assistance to ill, elderly, convalescent, or disabled persons. Home healthcare workers offer patients the unique opportunity to receive quality medical care in the comfort of their own homes rather than in a healthcare or nursing facility. While home healthcare workers greatly contribute to the well-being of others, they are frequently exposed to a variety of potentially serious or even life-threatening hazards. Learn more about the safety and health risks involved in home healthcare and the prevention strategies proposed by NIOSH:

NIOSH has created a series of 6 Fast Facts cards that provide brief explanations of individual hazards to home healthcare workers and preventative steps. These were designed to be used by employers for training and to be kept by the workers for quick reference. They are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Polish.

A free curriculum is available to assist trainers in meeting the health and safety training needs for homecare workers and to enhance communication between homecare workers and their clients. The activities in this curriculum are designed to encourage participants in promoting safe and healthy work environments for their clients and for themselves.

Page last reviewed: January 9, 2017