The Principles and Practice of Health Visiting by Rosemary Hale

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T h e following is one suggestion of what might be included, recognizing that the format may vary b e t w e e n different training units. 1. , and any family separations. 2. H o u s i n g situation. Kind of a c c o m m o d a t i o n ; h o u s e , flat, etc. Ownership of property; o w n e r occupied, council property, etc. N u m b e r of rooms used solely by the family and how allocated. T o t a l number of occupants. Observations of the overall comfort and state of the h o m e . 3. Chronological study of the family.

It will often be necessary to welcome students from hospitals or colleges for a day or t w o —this may be very time-consuming but should be regarded as an important opportunity to introduce the work to others, w h o may in future years be in a position w h e r e they need the co-operation of a health visitor. Impressions gained in one short visit can affect these future relationships. Before we leave discussion of the contacts made in the centre for the health visitor based there or making frequent calls, in many urban areas we find there are a n u m b e r of other local authority services using the same building; and this provides excellent opportunities for good liaison.

N u m b e r of rooms used solely by the family and how allocated. T o t a l number of occupants. Observations of the overall comfort and state of the h o m e . 3. Chronological study of the family. g. , a report on this m e m b e r should be the first entry. 4. A statement of the aims of each visit and h o w far these aims are achieved should be included. 5. If a statement such as "this child appears to b e b a c k w a r d " is m a d e , the reasons for such an assumption should b e stated and any action taken recorded.

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