This RiskTopic discusses why clients in the home healthcare environment may become aggressive and/or violent. It also offers some considerations on how to prevent employee injury in these circumstances.

Home care workers may be particularly vulnerable to client or family aggression because they generally work alone in the home environment. It is important the home health caregiver knows how to recognize when a client becomes agitated or aggressive and understands the basic methods to verbally de-escalate a client before they become physically aggressive.

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