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Latanya Coffee is a 40-year-old student nurse making a home visit for her public health rotation. She has been assigned to do a home visit to Joan Abah and her family. Ms. Abah is a 30-year-old Hispanic mother of four children. The children are 18 months and 5, 7, and 12 years of age. Her 78-year-old grandmother lives with the family, is in poor health, and requires assistance in activities of daily living. Ms. Abah does not work outside the home and receives government assistance. The children’s father moved away and provides no support. When Nurse Coffee visits Ms. Abah, she also finds the two younger children at home with the grandmother. Nurse Coffee explains to Ms. Abah that she is there to perform a safety assessment of the home environment and help Ms. Abah develop plans that may help her. Ms. Abah tells the nurse that she is overwhelmed with trying to take care of the children and her grandmother.


  1. Nurse Coffee knows that children younger than 5 years of age are at the greatest risk for home accidents that can result in severe injury or death. Explain what a safety assessment is, and list three interventions that would help Ms. Abah prevent injuries to the younger children. Provide a rationale for your answer
  2. Nurse Coffee notices that Ms. Abah’s grandmother is frequently bumping into objects, and her gait is affected by having a sore on her foot. What are 3 interventions that Nurse Coffee could teach Ms. Abah to help prevent her grandmother from falling in the home? Provide a rationale for your answer
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