Examples of the Family Health Project Report

Examples of the Family Health Project Report - IFH Final...

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IFH Final Reports: Examples Example #1: The focus of our Family Health Project was on improving Mrs. P’s home safety. Accidents in the home are a major health threat for the elderly and Mrs. P’s poor eyesight and isolation worsen the problem. Her poor eyesight increases the chances of a mishap occurring and would make safe egress from her home very difficult in an emergency situation. And because Mrs. P lives alone in an isolated area, it is unlikely that help would arrive quickly, if at all, in the event of an accident in her home. These factors combine to turn common household hazards into serious threats to Mrs. P’s health and life. Given Mrs. P’s living environment, the improvement of her home safety is an enormous task beyond our capabilities, budget, and time constraints. Consequently, our team used resources available on the Internet to develop the following goals : 1. Fire Safety : We used FEMA’s “Fire Safety Checklist for Older Adults” to inspect Mrs. P’s home for fire hazards and discuss fire safety with her. 2. Carbon Monoxide : Since Mrs. P uses an old gas heater to warm her home, we installed and tested a Carbon Monoxide detector in her home and discussed with her what to do if the alarm sounds. 3. Fall Prevention : We used the Pima Council on Aging’s “Fall Prevention Checklist” to inspect Mrs. P’s home and yard for trip hazards and discuss fall prevention with her. 4. Gun Safety : During one visit Mrs. P mentioned her willingness to use her gun to ward off unwelcome guests. She related a story about shooting through her screen door at an unexpected, unidentified visitor. Given Mrs. P’s failing eyesight and the possibility of confusion as she ages, we decided to discuss the firearm with her and determine if further action would be beneficial. 5. General Home Safety : We the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s “Home Safety Checklist for Seniors” to check Mrs. P’s home for common hazards and discuss general home safety with her. Measuring the success of our project was difficult because Mrs. P is both exceptionally friendly and extremely resistant to change. As a result, she was very receptive to us as we inspected her home and discussed safety issues, but it is unclear whether she will make any changes in her activities or even if she will allow the few small changes we made to stand. Despite this challenge, we were able to identify a few outcome measures : 1. Fire Safety : Mrs. P had an old smoke detector from which she had removed the batteries due to repeated false alarms while cooking. We replaced the batteries, tested the alarm, and moved the detector to the living room to reduce the number of false alarms. We also installed a new detector in her bedroom.
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