This RiskTopic discusses why clients in the home healthcare environment may become aggressive and/or violent. It also offers considerations on how to respond to combative behavior and how to prevent related employee injuries.

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. They should also understands the basic methods to verbally deescalate a client before they become physically aggressive.

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