The Safe At Home Screening is no longer available. However, if you are looking for a tool to quickly assess home safety, please contact me. I would be especially interested in talking to you if you want to conduct research on home safety assessment, such as the Safe At Home screen, or if you are interested in pursuing virtual assessment of home safety.
Regi Robnett, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA firstname.lastname@example.org
North East Assessment Tools, LLC
Are you safe at home?
The Safe At Home Screening
The ChoRo test of visual perception related to driving was initially developed by Kimberly Chonko and Regi Robnett with the assistance of graduate students (Anthony Petersen, Amanda Alboth, Jacqueline Aldred, Cassie Ames, Rebecca Lindquist, & Laura Wallace). Jessica Bolduc joined the team and has been keeping up to date on the website.
The assessment uses photographs (some purposefully not clear to simulate real-life outdoor environments) related to driving (e.g., signs, obstacles, traffic, traffic lights, animals) that one might encounter while on the road.
If you need to assess a client for visual perceptual skills (especially as these may impact driving skills), please visit the ChoRo website at https://unechoro.wordpress.com/
The ChoRo is also offered as tool to be used at no cost to you, and we hope to continue to update it periodically when users send us data or feedback.Type your paragraph here.
Introduction to the Home Safety Self-Assessment Interview (HSSI ©)
Regi Robnett, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Currently most occupational therapists seem to be rushed during the process of completing client evaluations. One never seems to have quite enough time to be as thorough as one would like. Yet at the same time, home safety remains a paramount concern for the profession of occupational therapy. Of course, we want to assist our clients in their return to home, but only if we can agree that the level of home safety is adequate.
The HSSI© may offer therapists a potential solution, especially for adult clients/patients who would be willing and able to fill out a survey, preferably before the evaluation even takes place. If possible the HSSI© (consisting of 113 questions on one back-to-back sheet) would be offered to the client at a “meet and greet” or pre-OT session. The results of the HSSI© can then help to structure the evaluation, based on the answers the client offers.
The aim is to remain client-centered, and to ensure that we address all primary areas of concern. The HSSI© cannot offer the final judgement on a client’s level of home safety, but it can offer a holistic overview of the client’s perception of their performance skills and areas of concern (which can be followed up with skilled observations and questioning as warranted).
Please feel free to use the HSSI©, which is in its developmental phase (i.e., not yet standardized). I would appreciate feedback on what aspects of it work and what is missing or needs adjustment.
Thank you for taking the time to review the HSSI© (and please let me know if you would like to use it in a research project).
Try the HSSI HomeSafetySelfAssessmentInterview.pdf